Past Events

Language Seminar Series: Managing Intercultural Introductions (Part 1 of 2)


What kind of questions should I be asking when I meet someone from another culture for the first time?  How do I avoid making a bad first impression? What kind of communication strategy should I have?

Language Seminar Series: Let's talk about the news!

  • Who: English learners with intermediate or above skills
  • What: Zoom discussion about current events in English
  • When: 12-1 PM,every other Friday
  • How: click to join at 12PM


Language Seminar Series: Describing Culture


How can we describe the cultures of others? More importantly how do we describe our own culture? Join us to find out some language that you can use to answer these questions.

Language Seminar Series: Advanced Japanese Conversation


Conversation practice for Advanced Japanese speakers!

Thursdays at 17:00

September 17th - December 10th, 2020

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Language Seminar Series: JLPT Practice Seminar


JLPT (日本語能力試験)practice for all levels!

Every Tuesday from 5-6 PM

Zoom link to join-

英語のクラスについてみんなさんの質問を受け付けます!Your questions about English classes answered.




I can study English at OIST free of charge?

Join us for an individual Q & A session between 12 and 1 PM and together we will find a course that suits you perfectly.

OIST Schooling Seminar

Conference Center Meeting Room 1, 2 and 3

OIST will be hosting a Schooling Options Seminar on Saturday March 7th from 14:00 – 16:00 in Conference Center Meeting Room 1, 2 and 3. Representatives will be joining us from a range of International Schools to introduce their programs and answer your questions.

The Art of Storytelling Through Hula - Hawaiian Cultural Lecture

OIST Auditorium

OIST members and the local Okinawan community are invited to a lecture on The Art of Storytelling Through Hula and performances by three local Okinawan Hula studios.

Speaker: Manaiakalani Kalua 

Performances by: Kalehua Hula Studio, Kailua Hula Studio, and Hālau Hula Uʻi Hula Studio

Monday, August 19th at 7pm in the OIST auditorium. The event will be translated from English to Japanese.

Cover Letter Writing for Scientists

c600B (English Classroom)

Learn about writing an English cover letter for academic science positions.

Target audience: interns, Ph.D students and Post Docs who are interested in continuing their career in academia.

Speaker: Margaret Howell (Language Education Section, OIST)

Language Exchange Potluck

c600A, B (Language Classrooms)

Did you just finish a language course this semester? Are you interested in practicing English or Japanese but don't have time to take a class?

Come to the potluck this Friday from 12-1 PM and meet a new language exchange partner! We ask that you bring a dish to share (main dish, appetizer, snack, dessert or drink are all OK) and come prepared to chat.