Overview of the business

In a situation where the environment surrounding universities is changing rapidly, the management and operation of universities has come to occupy an important position, and the role of university staff is becoming very large. In order to adapt to such an environment, we are developing various projects to improve the qualifications of university staff, including management and operation, education and research support.
As the globalization of higher education accelerates, such as the enhancement of support for international students and the promotion of collaborative projects with overseas universities, it can be said that the era has finally arrived in which the English proficiency of university faculty and staff is indispensable as a basic ability.
The SD training program in response to globalization aims not only to improve the English proficiency of faculty and staff of member schools that can respond to such times, but also to raise their awareness of language learning in the future.

Outline of the event

2014 FD/SD English Skill Improvement Training for University Teachers and Staff

Saturday, July 19, 2014 10:00~17:30 Saturday, July 26, 2014 10:00~17:30 Saturday, August 23, 2014 10:00~17:30 Saturday, September 6, 2014 10:00~17:30 Saturday, September 27, 2014 10:00~17:30
Campus Plaza Kyoto 5F Joint Laboratory 2
University Consortium Kyoto
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FD/SD English Skill Improvement Training Application Form

Implementation Report

English Voice Training

On Saturday, July 19, Mr. Kazuhiro Takemura of the TLL Language Research Institute was invited as a lecturer to hold the first FD/SD English Skill Improvement Seminar "English Voice Training" for university faculty members and staff, with a total of 60 participants from many member universities and junior colleges. This class was held last year and was very popular.


In the seminar, it is effective to conduct voice training after understanding English pronunciation and its characteristics as a language, so in the morning, while comparing English and Japanese, explain the characteristics of consonants and vowels in English, and explain the differences in pronunciation methods (English is the language of breath, while Japanese is the language of voice), A theoretical lecture was given on the difference in accent (English is accented by strength and weakness, while Japanese is applied by the pitch of the sound), including video teaching materials.

In the afternoon, the students practiced their pronunciation based on the contents of the morning theoretical lecture. The pronunciation practice was systematically conducted for each feature of the phonetic symbols, and the mechanism of mouth and tongue movements during pronunciation was explained using a white boat, making it a very practical and fun training.

After the pronunciation practice, the lecture was given on the basic knowledge and know-how of making presentations in English, as well as effective English learning methods.

In the questionnaire, "I was able to solve what I didn't understand on a daily basis." and "It was good that I was able to take the course regardless of my level of English ability." Comments such as "It was good to see practical practice."

English Skill Improvement Training "Active Learning in the Classroom"

On July 26, we welcomed Ms. Mikako Nishikawa, Advisor of the Japan English Language Proficiency Association, as a lecturer and held an English skill improvement training "Active Learning in the Classroom" for teachers from member universities.
This training was planned as part of the "English Skill Improvement Training for University Faculty Members" that has been conducted by the Consortium Kyoto since fiscal 2013, and was held for faculty members with a focus on "classes" and was attended by 11 people from five universities. 
DSC08074In the training, following the icebreaker, active learning (active learning is "active learning", which is not a lecture style in which the instructor transfers knowledge unilaterally, but subject research, PBL (project/problem based learning), discussions, presentations, etc. It refers to a class format that incorporates active learning), and learned phrases that are often used in English classes. There are various expressions such as directives used in classes and phrases that are useful when introducing active learning, and it was suggested that the participating faculty members choose and use expressions that can be used more naturally in the class.
Next, while experiencing group discussion and workshop methods, the participants shared examples of measures for designing effective discussions and effective feedback and evaluation methods in classes using active learning, and presented group presentations as a result. 

DSC08122In this training, he also talked about issues such as the difficulty of deriving common effective measures because the daily management situation differs depending on the field of specialization and class size, and how to increase the motivation of Japan students who are not accustomed to presenting in front of people since childhood. However, despite the long workshop, all participants were very active in the training, exchanging information on ideas in classes across disciplines and considering specific ways to improve classes through discussions.
This was the first time for the University Consortium Kyoto to conduct English skill improvement training for teachers only, but we would like to continue to provide training programs with high needs while taking into account the opinions and requests of participants.

Contact information

Consortium of Universities Kyoto International Collaboration
Project TEL 075-353-9164 FAX 075-353-9101
〒600-8216 Campus Plaza Kyoto Shiokoji, Nishinotoin-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
※Business hours: Tuesday ~ Saturday 9:00~17:00 (excluding year-end and New Year holidays)

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