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A certificate award ceremony of the Gogaku-kyoka course was held

公開日: 2018-08-02

Successful participants of this semester’s Gogaku-kyoka course received completion certificates from Prof. Yasunobu, Director of the Center for International Affairs, on Tueday, 31st July 2018.

The Gogakukyoka course is a supplemental language skill development course offered every semester at the Center for International Affairs with the objective of improving practical language skills of students before they participate in overseas study programs or maintaining their language skills after attending overseas programs. This semester, five English classes (advanced level, intermediate level I/II and beginner level I/II) and one Spanish class (elementary level) were offered twice a week from 14th May to 27th July. Most of the classes were taught by native language instructors and students were evaluated based on their attendance, class activity and performance on mid-term and final exams. 84 students who got passing marks were awarded certificates.

After awarding the certificates, Prof. Yasunobu praised the awardees for making time out of their busy schedules to participate in this non-credit supplemental language course and successfully complete it and advised them to keep on improving their language skills by attending higher level classes in the next semester and beyond so as to achieve TOEIC score of 700 before graduation. Some of the awardees were asked to give their opinions about the classes they have attended and said “At the beginning, I had difficulty of understanding what the teacher said but got used as the class progressed”, “The class was a wonderful opportunity to practice listening and speaking English”; “I am not sure if my English skill has improved significantly, but I did enjoy the class”; “The Spanish class was interesting because we had two teachers and we were able to learn the difference in the language our teachers spoke”. Asked for any idea to further improve the gogaku-kyoka classes, one awardee suggested the use of pictures and video materials and incorporating the study of foreign cultures into the language classes.

Most of the students who received completion certificates are taking part in one of the Global Gateway Programs of Tottori University this summer, including the Overseas Practical Education Program in Mexico and language training programs in Canada and Malaysia.