The start of the Spring Semester is upon us and the English Cafe is ready with a number of exciting English Workshops for students to join. In addition to returning workshops like the TOEIC Speaking and Writing preparation, International Society and Japan, English for Beginners, ICES, and English Lunch Conversation, there will also be several new ones; IELTS Preparation, Public Speaking, Business Communication, French in English, Introduction to TOEIC and conversation times in the form of Free Conversation twice a week and One-on-One Reserved Time. The schedule breakdown is as follows-
- 9:30-10:30 Business English
- 10:40-11:40 TOEIC SW (Speaking)
- 12:00-13:00 ICES
- 13:15-14:15 Discussion
- 14:40-16:10 IELTS Workshop
- 10:00-11:30 English for Beginners
- 13:00-14:30 TOEIC SW (Writing)
- 14:30-15:30 Discussion
- 15:30-16:30 Free Conversation
- 10:30-11:50 Let’s Speak English
- 12:10-12:50 English for University Staff
- 1:00-14:30 Let’s Speak English
- 14:40-16:10 International Society and Japan
- 14:30-16:30 One-on-One Reserved Tine
- 10:30-11:50 Let’s Speak English
- 12:00-13:00 English Lunch Conversation
- 13:00-14:00 Public Speaking
- 14:00-15:00 Let’s Speak English
- 15:00-16:00 French in English
- 12:10-12:50 TOEIC SW (Speaking)
- 13:10-14:30 Introduction to TOEIC
- 14:40-15:40 Free Conversation
- 16:00-17:00 World Languages
The schedule is subject to changes, but they should be noted in advance on both the physical schedule available in the English Cafe and the website. For additional information on each workshop, please click WORKSHOPS which should redirect you to a short explanation of each lesson.
In June of 2015, the English Cafe hosted an Origami Party for students and teachers. The event, which took place during an English Lunch Conversation, was lively and educational for many. Not only did participants try making various creations out of the origami paper, there was also a competition as well. Each entrant into the competition fastidiously designed and crafted their own paper airplanes. Once complete, the lightweight aviation devices took to the skies to see which could come closest to the final destination.
Students working on their folding skills
Paper airplanes take flight!
November 29th, 2015 was a day of challenge and triumph for 30 students at Kagawa University. After months of preparation, the students were finally able to attempt the Speaking and Writing TOEIC test. All of the students performed admirably and demonstrated immense growth in their English abilities over the course of preparations. Keep an eye out for similar opportunities if you would like to try in the future or inquire at the English Cafe.
Students diligently working on their test
The English Cafe held exciting Halloween event during the English Conversation lunch on October 29th. Many students and teachers attended in costumes ranging from cute to spooky. Students were able to claim prizes during the Halloween Bingo game. Take a look at some of the pictures and try to figure out who is wearing which costume.
Starting in January the English Cafe will be offering two new workshops for any students interested in expanding their English abilities. The new workshops will be supplemental study for any classes students are currently taking. January 12th will be the first of the weekly English Media Afternoon lessons. This lesson will use various forms of media such as movies, music and literature to help build on the foundation students have. It will be held every Tuesday during the 4th period time slot of 14:40-16:10.
In addition to English Media Afternoon, the English Cafe will also be offering an incentive to join the Coffee Break English sessions. Held Monday and Wednesday mornings from 10:00-11:00, Coffee Break English will supply complimentary coffee and tea to those wishing to join. The timing of the workshop is purposely staggered between the 1st and 2nd period lesson end/start time so as to allow the maximun number of people to take part. Students of all English levels are encouraged to stop in for some converstaion practice.
As well as offering these new workshops, the English Cafe will also host additional TOEFL Speaking Practice during the Tuesday lunch time slot that was previously dedicated to TOEIC SW preparation.
Thursday January 28th is the school year finale for both the English Lunch Conversation and English Roundtable. These events will not be held after January, but other lessons will continue until a later date. Come and share in one final meal with the Native English Speakers before settling in to enjoy the last English Roundtable.
The English Cafe helped students capture the holiday spirit this December by hosting a Christmas Party during their English Lunch Conversation on December 22nd. Students were treated to Christmas music, games and prizes. The students and teachers who attended the event took part in a musical demonstration using paper cups as their intruments. There was also a rousing Pictionary Relay where teams competed to finish a string of drawings before the other groups. It was a great way to wrap up the Holiday Season before sending the students off to enjoy their Winter Break.
Students practicing the “Cups Song”
Twenty nine students competed in the 1st Annual Kagawa University English Presentation Contest on November 29th, 2015. The contest was broken into two groups. The first group was composed of students who have studied abroad, as well as many of the International students attending the University. The second group was primarily made up of students with an interest in English and that wanted to take on the challenge of an English presentation. All students performed admirably and shared their knowledge on many different topics.
A few of the notable presentations were from Francisco Javier Nicolas Felix and Ummi Rafiqah, who took home the third place prize, Nurul Mawadah who claimed second and Risa Horike who received the first place award for the first group.
Presentation Group 1
In the second group, Saaya Tochigi and Kana Nakahara placed third. Nao Komatsu was the second place presenter, while Eri Okazaki was the first place finisher for her colorful presentation.
Presentation Group 2
５月２１日（木）昼休みにオリーブスクエアの学習ラウンジで、English Lunch Conversationを行いました。学生、留学生、本学教員のほかに、ブラジルからのMBAの学生や先生方も参加があり、昼食を食べながら賑やかにお互いの話題についてコミュニケーションを深めました。
English Lunch Conversationは常時３０〜５０名の参加があるので、オリーブスクエアのイングリッシュカフェではなく、学習ラウンジで行っています。学生のみなさん、English Lunch Conversationは自由参加ですので、毎週木曜日の昼休みはオリーブスクエアの学習ラウンジを覗いてみませんか。
Let’s have fun learning English with us!