• English Communication (Thur. 1)



    This course is for BEGINNER level students. This course will attempt to inspire students to cultivate an awareness of shin-zen-bi (truth, goodness, and beauty). Upon completion of this course, it is hoped that students will have gained a sense of direction by which to steer their lives. Through various in-class activities and out-of-class assignments, students will expand themselves and discover the qualities of truth, goodness, and beauty that lie within waiting to emanate from their deeper selves.



    04.09 ---

    04.16 ---

    04.23 Class Orientation

    04.30 A Good Listener + Class Task    

    05.07 Comfort Zone + Class Task    

    05.14 Discipline + Class Task  

    05.21 PRESENTATIONS [What to Do]

    05.28 PRESENTATIONS [What to Do]

    06.04 Each and Every Day + Class Task 

    06.11 Frustration + Class Task     

    06.18 Live Your Values + Class Task   

    06.25 Needs & Desires + Class Task

    07.02 PRESENTATIONS [What to Do]

    07.09 PRESENTATIONS [What to Do]




    09.24: Summer Vacation Tasks

    10:01: Peace + Class Task  

    10.08: Ripples + Class Task  

    10.15: See the Signs + Class Task  

    10.22: The Journey + Class Task     

    10.29: PRESENTATIONS [What to Do]

    11.12: PRESENTATIONS [What to Do]

    11.19 Present Moment + Class Task 

    11.26: The Seeds + Class Task 

    12.03: Things Not to Forget + Class Task      

    12.10: You Can + Class Task + Survey
    12.17: PRESENTATION 4 [What to Do]

    01.14.2021: PRESENTATION 4 [What to Do]

    01:21.2021: Semester Review + Survey




    Grades will be decided on a balanced performance in the following areas: Student presentation, weekly in-class task, attendance, and paper review.



    Due to university regulations having to do with grade inflation, No "S,, "A," or "B" grades will be given. As a general rule, students who complete this course will be awarded credit and the grade "C."



    No textbook.




  • Science English (Thursday 2)




    [This course is for INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED level students.] The area explored in this course will be the outcome of the Rio+20 Summit (with an emphasis on science and innovation): The Sustainable Development Goals. SDGs is a historic declaration ratified by 193 UN Member States outlining the goals and targets from 2016 to 2030. Your learning objectives for this course should be that by the end of the semester you should: (a) have become familiar with the broad contours of SDGs; (b) understand, appreciate, and assimilate information having to do with paths towards global prosperity, human well-being and a healthy planet; (c) have increased your vocabulary; and (d) have expanded your worldview.


    Further details are HERE.


    04.09 ---

    04.16 ---

    04.23 Overview of SDGs + Introduction

    04.30 End Poverty For All (1) 

    05.07 Zero Hunger (2)

    05.14 Good Health and Well-Being (3) 

    05.21 Responsible Consumption (12) **

    05.28 Presentation Preparation

    06.04 [0] Student Presentation

    06.11 [0] Student Presentation

    06.18 [0] Student Presentation

    06.25 [0] Student Presentation

    07.02 [0] Student Presentation

    07.09 [0] Student Presentation + Final Reports/WebSurvey



    Introduction / Connection with other SDGs / What is the Problem or Issue / So what? / Solutions / Conclusion



    When showing a video, give an overview (a quick summary) first, so people know what to expect). CHOOSE MATERIAL THAT MOVES THE HEART, NOT JUST THE HEAD. Let people know the video length, too. If you want, you can make handouts, give a quiz, play a game, introduce music, perform a skit, have classmates come to the front of the room to demonstrate something, etc. Do things that make your talk engaging and helps get your point across. Give your presentation variety, visually and aurally. You can plant "helpers" in the audience if you think that's necessary. Include your sources for any charts. Be uptempo, don't sag unless it's deliberate. Rehearse a million times and make sure your computer will show any video in large screen mode without interruption. Have multiple back-up plans in case things don't go as planned.



    If you do not come on the day of your presentation without a valid excuse (official letter from a doctor which will be verified), you will not pass this course.


    REPORT: On or before the last day of class, everyone must submit a written essay/report (in English, of course). Your assignment is to select one or more of the 17 SDGs and come up with an original solution to the problem(s). It is OK if the 'how' is not completely solid; what is essential is the thought that went into the solution and your ingenuity. Your paper should be between five and ten pages long. Quality is more important than quantity.



    Students are expected to come to class with a positive attitude and a willingness to express themselves in English. Student numbers will be limited due to classroom size and course content.



    Grades will be decided on a balanced performance in the following areas: In-class papers, the presentation, and the final report.