Idioms, Proverbs And Precision (5 Weeks)

Course Code: VOC101-S
Start Date: 2024/3/9 End Date: 2024/4/6 Day: Sat Time: 13:30-15:20 Hours: 10 Sessions: 5 Semester: Spring Instructional Language: English Location: Online English Proficiency Level: Lower Intermediate, Intermediate, High Intermediate

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Course Description

Do you find yourself using the same English words again and again? Want to make your English more interesting? This course is for you! Many people try to learn new words by making long lists and memorizing them. But often, they forget these words because they don't use them in real life. Our course offers a better way: learning idioms and proverbs. For example, the idiom "see red" doesn't talk about seeing or the color red; it means you're very angry. By learning idioms and proverbs, you can use simple words you already know to say more interesting things in English. In this course, you'll learn 20 idioms and 20 proverbs. Plus, you'll practice describing pictures in a way that someone could draw just by listening to you! Ready to enrich your English and make it more engaging? Sign up now and join us for an enjoyable linguistic adventure.

Learning Objectives

1. Mastery of thirty idioms

2. Knowledge of twenty proverbs

3. Ability to describe spatial relationships with precision. For example you will be able to say something like:

In the upper right there is a circle. Inside the circle there are two parallel lines. Between the lines there is a Chinese character. It is the character for ‘water’.

Who should take this course

This is a course for people who have a good basic command of English, and who want their English to be more varied and more accurate.


No textbook required


Norman Farrell

Instructor Biography

Norm Farrell has been teaching English to non-native speakers since 1970. He came to Japan in 1972 and has been here ever since. He worked in language schools and at a Japanese high school until 1992 when he got a master's degree in English education from Temple University in Japan. He then taught as tenured teacher and as a part-time teacher in various Japanese universities until 2015. He has been in the continuing education department for eight years.
Norm's main interests are reading, nature and languages. Before becoming a teacher he worked two years as a seasonal park ranger. In the United States, and here in Japan he often goes hiking in the hills west of Tokyo, enjoying being outdoors and seeing what plants and birds he might be able to find. He lived in Europe for three years as a teenager and there developed a passion for languages. He speaks several and finds language learning to be a sort of game - and he feels himself fortunate to have a profession in which he can help others to play the same game.