ELTU staff deliver courses to top Japanese universities

Posted by rmt22 at Apr 06, 2017 11:12 AM |
Staff from our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) visited Japan to deliver programmes at three universities.
ELTU staff deliver courses to top Japanese universities

Students at Tohoku explain their research

For the second year running, our staff delivered an intensive two week course in Academic English for Researchers with 16 PGR students from the Graduate School of Life Sciences and the School of Medicine at Tohoku University in Sendai to increase opportunities for publication and/or presentation in English.

They also offered follow up sessions with students who had attended in March 2016, and thanks to this continued collaboration, our Director of ELTU, Phil Horspool and Professor Asako Sugimoto from the Graduate School of Life Sciences agreed to run a credit-bearing programme for a further two years.

Phil Horspool said: “Tohoku University is currently ranked second amongst Japanese universities in the THE global ranking list. The feedback from participants and staff at Tohoku was very positive and Louise Pullen and Russell Mayne worked tirelessly to make it a success. It was particularly rewarding to meet some of last year’s cohort and hear that many of them had presented in English and/or had been published. We are delighted that this successful collaboration will continue.”

Louise then delivered a two-day workshop at Tokyo Metropolitan University (TMU) for 10 academics from across the University designed to help TMU expand its range of English-delivered modules as part of their internationalisation strategy.

Finally, Russell and Louise delivered a four day Academic English for STEM programme at Nara Women’s University (tutors and students can be seen in the picture below) following a two-day taster programme they delivered in 2016. The participants were a mixture of students and staff either involved in STEM research now or hoping to pursue a career in this area. We have already been invited back to offer a similar programme in 2018.

ELTU students at Nara University

Professor Ichiro Nishii from Nara said: “Thank you so much for organising and giving the wonderful STEM focused English learning course to our students.”

Phil added: “There is a growing demand for English Medium Instruction training across the world and particularly in Japan. These collaborations and the positive feedback from them will hopefully lead to other opportunities for ELTU staff to deliver similar workshops and programmes. In-country delivery offers us the opportunity to develop further areas of collaboration in support of the University’s international strategy.”

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