Language Courses and COVID-19

September 2021 COVID-19 update

Currently, OIST is still deciding when to allow in-person events to return to their pre-COVID normal after the mass vaccination finishes. This decision will affect our English and Japanese classes next semester.

We’ve heard your frustrations with Zoom, and we hope to return many of our classes to the classroom as soon as it is possible. Depending on the decision about in-person events, one of two semester plans will be put into effect:

1.  All classes will start online via Zoom. Once OIST decides to allow in-person events, most classes will return to the classroom. Basic 1a (JP), Basic 1b (JP), Basic Conversation (EN), and Basic Business English (EN) will remain on Zoom to accommodate off-campus participants.

2. If OIST decides to allow in-person events prior to September 6th, all classes will start in the classroom, with the exception of Basic 1a (JP), Basic 1b (JP), Basic Conversation (EN), and Basic Business English (EN), which will remain online to accommodate off-campus participants.

You will receive an email from your teacher the week of September 6th letting you know which semester plan we will follow.



1. 全クラスZoomで開始し、OISTが対面イベントを許可することを決定し次第、Basic 1 a (JP) 、Basic 1 b (JP) 、Basic Conversation (EN) 、およびBasic Business English (EN)を除く全てのクラスは、教室での授業に戻ります。上記4クラスは、キャンパス外の参加者が多いため、Zoomで継続します。

2. OISTが9月6日までに対面イベントを許可することを決定した場合、Basic 1 a (JP) 、Basic 1 b (JP) 、Basic Conversation (EN) 、およびBasic Business English (EN) 除く全てのクラスは教室で開始します。上記4クラスは、学外の参加者に対応するため、、Zoomで継続します。


Zoom guidelines for language courses

Use headphones

All participants in a Zoom lesson must use headphones. You may not use your device’s native audio output, as it causes feedback for the other participants. We also strongly recommend using a microphone or headset instead of your device’s native microphone.

Choose an appropriate location

Participants in a Zoom lesson should be mindful of their surroundings and try to choose a location which is quiet and free from distractions to the other participants.

Try to stay away from other students

When you and another student use Zoom close to each other, it causes feedback for the other participants. Please sit in a different room from other students.

Alternatively, you and another student can join using the same Zoom account. Be sure to wear masks and maintain social distancing as much as you can.

Mute your microphone when not speaking

When you are wearing headphones, it’s difficult to hear what’s going on around you. But your microphone picks it up! Use push-to-talk or mute your microphone when it's not your turn to speak.

Don’t record

Participants in a Zoom lesson may not record the lesson using Zoom, their computer’s native recording software or any other recording hardware or software. Refrain from making recordings.

Participate actively in the lessons

Taking a language course does not mean only listening to the teacher. You must be prepared to practice what you learned in the group session, in breakout rooms, and by completing your homework.