Welcome to the English Communication page.
Here is a simple introduction to our plans to help you to become a fluent speaker of English.
NDSU has the largest number of full-time native English speakers of any university in Okayama. The teachers come from all over the world, for example, America, Britain, Australia, Canada and even Africa! This means that on campus you have access to many different cultures and experiences of the world through your teachers.
English Communication classes are conducted entirely in English with the aim of improving the four main skills of language learning: speaking, listening, reading and writing.
To begin with, all first year students in our department have at least three 90-minute English Communication class periods per week. You will take three years of English Communication classes. You can also take additional courses to improve other English skills, like your public speaking, TOEIC scores, internet skills and your reading skills. As you progress at the university you will be able to listen to full lectures about Literature and Linguistics in English and you will also be able to communicate your ideas and opinions about a wide range of topics.
We believe that a teacher can only take you so far. Your desire to become fluent in English is the most important thing. Therefore, in addition to classes, you will be able to use other facilities for your independent study, including a variety of audio-visual equipment as well as computer assisted language learning facilities (CALL). There is a large “graded reader” library from which you may borrow novels, short stories and plays written in English.
There are also two popular English clubs at NDSU. The English Drama Club stages two shows per year which are directed by an American teacher who comes from New York! The other club is called ELAS, for short. It stands for the English Language Appreciation Society. This club has many of its members participate in speech contests and other activities involving the use of English. In fact, members of English clubs at NDSU are often able to get jobs using their English after they graduate.
Achieving the goal of becoming a fluent and confident user of English is a challenge and you will have to work very hard to make your dream come true. You have to participate actively in class and do homework and practice, practice, practice! Your teachers will always support your efforts and help you to improve your language skills.