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November 10, 2004

Future Science Grads Need English

Yesterday's Daily Yomiuri carried a feature on the growing need for Japanese university science majors to master English. It illustrates the situation using one case where students at Kwansei Gakuin University were overwhelmed during a videoconference with students in the U.S., even though English was a second language for those students, too. The situation took place during a recent five-day, all-English study camp. It is hoped that the difficulties students face will help them make the most of their regualr English classes and prepare for the reality of making presentations and writing papers in English in future. The popular Kansai school believes it has achieved measurable results, as seen in improved TOEFL scores.
Science majors need English

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