English Class Schedule

Spring 2021 (January 12 - April 9, 2021)

Detailed information about courses below. Inquiries? Contact Margaret Howell (margaret.howell@oist.jp)

*Please note: English courses at OIST are available for OIST staff, students, and their immediate families*


Detailed Course Information

Class Textbook Topics covered
Basic Business English

International Express: Beginner

(ISBN: 978-0-19-441828-7)

Unit 7 & 8 in the textbook. Speaking about flying and airports, hotel, and things from the past. Writing emails, checking information, and making requests.
Basic Grammar

Oxford English Grammar Course: Basic 

(ISBN: 9780194420785)

Section 1 and 2 in the textbook: Be verbs and present tenses. 
Intermediate Grammar

Oxford English Grammar Course: Intermediate 

(ISBN: 9780194420839)

Section 1 and 2 in the textbook: be verbs and present tenses
Intermediate Conversation

Pathways 2nd Edition: Listening, Speaking, and Critical Thinking 2 (ISBN: 978-1337562522)


Unit 3 and 4 in the textbook. Speaking about culture, tradition, and a thirsty world. Looking at the speaking skills of asking for clarification and giving opinions. 
Upper-Intermediate Business English

International Express : Upper Intermediate

(ISBN: 978-0-19-441827-0)

Unit 3 and 4 in the textbook. Speaking about work-life balance and services. Looking at suffixes and collocations, hedging, presenting, handling complaints, and being assertive. 
Upper-Intermediate Conversation

Pathways 3 (ISBN 10: 9781337407731)

Chapters 2 and 6 in the textbook. We will speak about nature and various challenges facing the natural environment, as well as different aspects of product design.
Advanced Grammar

Oxford Grammar Course: Advanced (ISBN 10: 019431250X)

Sections 12 and 13 in the textbook- adverbs and prepositions/prepositional phrases
Advanced Business English

Business One:One Advanced (ISBN 10: 0194576817)

Managing people, managing projects, meetings and presentations, business socializing, and email. Every semester students choose the topics that are most useful for them.
TOEIC practice

Developing TOEIC Skills (ISBN: 9781944879778)

Students hoping for a TOEIC score of 650 or above should take this class. We will practice vocabulary, grammar, and test skills.
Let's talk about the news no textbook Every other week students discuss current events from Japanese and international news. No registration required!
INCC (intercultural communication) no textbook

Every other week students discuss how to use intercultural knowledge to make working at OIST easier. No registration required!

  • Jan 22, Feb 5- Culturally-sensitive email
  • Feb 26, Mar 12 - Managing conflict
  • Mar 26, Apr 9- Working in an international team
Seminar no textbook

Different topics every week. Topics will include:

  • Using the language of speculation in a discussion - Jan 22
  • Informative vs persuasive speeches - Jan 29
  • Using Oral Citations - Feb 5
  • Paraphrasing, emphasizing, clarifying.  - Feb 12
  • Creating a conclusion to a presentation - Feb 19
  • Giving spontaneous one-minute talks - Feb 26
  • Comparing and contrasting in discussions - Mar 5
  • Using transition phrases in presentations - Mar 12
  • Participating in small group discussions (Tentative) - Mar 19