In the 6th Academic Skills class of the Department of Liberal Arts for Career Education (CE), the students learned tips to improve their communication skills in English. They were encouraged to use the words and phrases that they already knew and to not be afraid of making mistakes.
After using non-verbal ways of communicating to express various words, the students described Japanese things to each other in easy English. Even though their grammar and pronunciation may not have been perfect, they were delighted when their classmates could understand them. The students learned that if the other person is able to understand what you are trying to express then communication is achieved!
Student comments included,
“I had been afraid of making mistakes in English up to now, but I learned that if you are positive in communicating then it will become more fun.”
“I like English, but I’m not good at speaking. I learned that it’s important to throw away shy feelings and to be more active in communicating.”
“I’m not good at English, but I’d like to try to use easy English to greet people that I meet for the first time.”
Let’s hope they will use these skills in their future!