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Miki’s thought improving business communication & IT

I took business communication & IT class in second semester. Let me tell you several things about the class.

① In this class, I learned the skill of observing things objectively. Generally, people tend to see things in a prejudiced way. However,  I needed to take things I researched and describe them to others. While searching, I learned a lot of things I didn’t know.

②I skipped a topic about restaurants in Asahikawa. I was in charge of seikyou cafeteria because I didn’t know very much about bars or places to eat here in Asahikawa. So actually I didn’t really want to write about it.

③The most interesting topic I wrote was about GEL class. I like GEL classes because I can refine my English skills with joy. However, I have to use English as much as possible.

④I want to read posts about what students like because if I know more about other sudents I can get better relationship with them.

Actually, this class gave us lots of homework so it was a little bit hard, but I enjoyed a lot. So I suggest that you should take this class and improve your writing skills!

 

 

Seikyou cafeteria

During lunch time, the seikyou cafeteria is always crowded. It usually opens from 11:00 to 13:30 but the second period classes finish at 12:10, then most of the students go to seikyou cafeteria. Students often have to wait in a long line to buy their lunch.

New Year’s Day

I wonder how foreigners spend new year’s day because they would not pray to the rising sun, nor go to Hatsumoude, nor eat sushi or mochi, nor write new year’s cards. one thing I came up with is going to Hatsuuri, which means the new year’s bargain sale.

In my case, I get up at 6:30 and go Hatsumoude to a shrine near my house. After I go back to my house, I eat mochi with my family. After that we go to see my grandmother. Finally we go to Hatsuuri and enjoy shopping cheaper than usual. When we go back to home, we can get lots of new year’s cards! I enjoy looking at the cards from my friends or teachers.

AEON, supermarkets, and clothing shops are open for Hatsuuri. I don’t know which shops aren’t open on new year’s day.

(Note from Dr. K  = ATMs are not open for the New Year’s Holiday. And thanks to Miki’s post, Stephanie and I went to UNIQLO and got some great deals on clothing!)

Seikyo shop

Of all the places on campus, I like the Seikyo shop the best.

 

If you run out of or forget pencils or notebooks, you can buy them easily and quickly here. And, not only can you can buy textbook and exam study guides but also magazines and comic books. Of course, you can buy food here too! In the summer, there’s soft-serve ice cream and in the winter  hot drinks and Anman or Nikuman. You can also express bus tickets there without going to station. So Seikyo shop is the best convenience store for us students at HUEA!

 

However, it is separated from most of the campus buildings so when the weather is bad, it can be annoying to go there.

The temporary building

I don’t like the temporary building, where we use for the communication seminar.

It is far from the rest of campus and there are a lot of desks and chairs, so it’s really uncomfortable because it’s cramped. It also is never the right temperature. In the winter, when I enter the room it is very cold, so I turn the heater one. But once I turn on the heater, then it becomes too hot. This  really irritates me. The worst point is that it has no toilet. Even if it is just “temporary”, I think it is really inconvenient.

Advice about Part-time Jobs

Most of the students at HUEA have part-time jobs. There are even some students who have two or more part-time jobs at once. With the money they earn, students can go on a trip, buy something they want as a reward, or save it for studying abroad. There are lots of options! Moreover, a part time job provides valuable experiences which you cannot go through only in campus life.

Let me give you some advice.

When should you get a job?

Either

① Early in April

If you get a part-time job as soon as you enter the university, you will be able to get used to your new life earlier. In addition, you can invite your friend to join the same group.

② After the Satsuki festival

The Satsuki festival is one of the biggest events in this university. The festive mood of the students will rise to fever pitch. After the mood settle down, some begin to work.

③ From the second semester

Everything will be new for you in the first semester. Considering that you are already getting used to university life first of all, second semester is a good place to start a job.

Points to consider when choosing a job

・How much money you can earn?

・Where is it? (How far is it from your home?)

・How flexible are the working conditions? (Can you change shifts?)

☆You can collect such information from your sempai

Warning

If you get a job, you have to keep balance between study and work. Be careful not to let your part time job take so much of your time that you neglect your studies!

In my case

I got a job after the Satsuki festival at Honeys, which is clothing shop in Nishi AEON. However, after I began to work, my grades got worse. In addition, I also had trouble getting along with my manager. Finally I quit that job in October and started two new jobs. One is shooting the videos of plays or dances at kindergartens or concerts held by brass band club. The other is UNIQLO near the university. I quit Honeys but I felt like working at Clothing shop so I chose it. Unlike Honeys, all of my colleagues at UNIQLO are kind and friendly. Now I enjoy both of my part-time jobs.

Meet Miki

Hi, I’m Miki. I’m majoring in English education. I want to speak English better and study in Australia.

I really like music. I spend a lot of time listening to music, playing
musical instruments, and singing songs at karaoke. I think that music can make us feel happy or sad and that it can help heal our wounds. We can share our feelings through music. Please enjoy music with me!

I look forward to meeting you.

About the English Education Major

 

What we learn

・linguistics(grammar, phonetics, meaning, and history)

・literature (English literature, American literature, and literary theory)

・education(acquisition of the second language, teaching methodology, teaching materials, and evaluation)

・communication(nonverbal communication and understanding of different cultures)

 

Objectives

・Having high level proficiencies in four English skills (reading, listening, speaking, and writing)

・Getting balanced knowledge in each domain skills (linguistics, literature, education, and communication)

 

 

Characteristics of curriculum

In the English Education Major, you can learn about not only about English more generally but also gain specialized knowledge starting from the first year at university. Once you enter the university,  you also join a seminars that focuses on of these fields and is led by one of our tenured faculty.

Teachers

Ishizuka Hiroki – education

Kasahara Kiwamu – education

Katagiri Noriaki – communication

Kanno Satoru – linguistics

Toshinai Yasutaka – literature

We also have a specially appointed term-limited lecturer,  Boyle Jennifer Mari.

Classes

In the English education practice class, you will learn the theoretical basis of second language acquisition. It is said that in the world the number of people who speak more than two languages in their lives is higher than the number of people who speak one language. In English language education, we  thinking about how people acquire non-native languages, both as children and adults, to learn how to better improve our own language skills and to teach others.

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