Communication Mastery Intensive: Speak Up and Stand Out

Course Code: CMI101
Start Date: 2024/6/1 End Date: 2024/8/3 Day: Sat Time: 10:00-11:50 Hours: 20 Sessions: 10 Semester: Summer Instructional Language: English Location: Online English Proficiency Level: Lower Intermediate, Intermediate, High Intermediate

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Course Description

Unlock the power of your voice and dive deep into the heart of Japanese culture with our dynamic course, "Communication Mastery Intensive: Speak Up and Stand Out". Designed for those eager to master the art of cross-cultural communication, this course empowers you to discuss Japanese traditions, share your personal journey, or express your professional expertise with confidence and clarity in English. Rooted in constructivist-developmental psychology, our program offers a unique lens through which to explore both the rich tapestry of Japanese culture and the complexities of self-expression. You'll gain fresh perspectives on Japan's heritage and identity, all while honing your ability to articulate these insights vividly. Designed for low intermediate to pre-advanced English learners, this course focuses on refining your communicative abilities across all four key skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Engage in rudimentary practices of oral production, lively pair discussions, delivery of weekly presentations, and immerse yourself in a vibrant exchange of knowledge—all within a nurturing and supportive environment. No prior expertise in Japanese culture is required—just a basic understanding and an eagerness to learn and share. If you thrive in cooperative settings and seek to enhance your English communication skills through rich, cultural exploration, this course is tailor-made for you.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

1. present about the Japanese culture related to the topics presented in class

2. engage in meaningful discussions with classmates

3. practice presentational skills

4. provide an effective PowerPoint presentation

5. experience the use of cooperative English

Who should take this course

The course is designed to benefit individuals who are interested in engaging in discussions about the Japanese culture and identity in order to promote meaningful and active relationships with people from foreign cultures. This course is orchestrated to meet the needs of those who are interested in fostering communicative skills at work, abroad or just casually with friends.


Hot Topics Japan 1 (Please note this is the same textbook used for IIO101-S but different content will be used.)


Yujiro Shimogori

Instructor Biography

Yujiro Shimogori has a Master's degree in Education with emphasis in Human Development & Psychology from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. degree in Education with focus in Bilingual Education from San Diego State University. He is a 20 year veteran as a primary, secondary, and higher education educator and researcher in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Tokyo. Educated, lived and worked in Japan and the US, he is bilingual and bicultural, and proficient in Japanglish as well. His research interests include bicultural identity development, bilingualism, culturally relevant pedagogy, and second language acquisition. Shimogori enjoys visiting new places, taking long walks, and watching baseball, judo, and kendo.