The Internet TESL Journal
A Handout for the First Class Meeting
Charles Kelly & Larry Kelly
Aichi Institute of Technology (Toyota, Japan)
What follows is a handout we have used for a few years with our freshman
English classes at Aichi Institute of Technology. Over the years, we have fine-tuned it into
concise easy-to-understand English (for Japanese) while at the same time
covering what needs to be covered. A lot of freshman university students come to
us with a six-year background of English study with little emphasis put on listening, so we
find it useful to give them something which we can read to them while they follow
what is written. Students who still cannot understand, can take the paper home and
use a dictionary. We also encourage students to paste this handout to the inside
back cover of their textbooks.
How to Use It
Save this page "as text", and edit it in a word processor to suit your own
English Conversation Class
This class is an important class for you. It will help you improve your English and will give you a chance to use your English with a native speaker. It is probably the most important English class you will ever take. If you work hard, your English will improve quickly.
You will study the four basic skills of English: Hearing, Speaking, Reading and Writing.
You are lucky. Many students in Japan never have the chance to use their
English with a native speaker or to hear "live" spoken English. At this
school you have a chance to improve your hearing and speaking. This class gives you the chance to learn to understand naturally spoken English and to make your spoken English understandable.
This class meets for ninety minutes once a week. There will be classroom work, homework, quizzes and tests.
How to Pass This Class
- You must come to class every time.
- Do not be late for class.
- You must finish all classroom work. If you do not finish classroom work during the class time, you must finish it before the next class time.
- You must finish all of your homework.
- You must take every test. If you are sick on a test day, talk to your teacher.
- [ Insert your syllabus here. ]
The Internet TESL Journal, Vol. II, No. 4, April 1996