Interested in improving your (minimal) Japanese language skills? The University of Tsukuba is offering a 5-day intensive language course to be taught by 2nd year graduate students majoring in teaching Japanese as a second language. It's an obvious win-win situation, as this gives the student teachers practical experience in teaching "dummy" foreigners who don't know the difference between "gomen nasai" and "gomen kudasai" at the same time it gives those of you with some free summer time and a need to get a few good phrases under your belt some free lessons.
The dates are from Thursday, July 3 through Wednesday July 9 (minus, of course, Sat. and Sun.) from 1 pm to 4 pm at the university (hopefully in an air-conditioned room!). The only cost involved is ´1000 for the teaching materials that will be used.
The application deadline is May 24, and applicants need to be 18 years old or older. In order to apply, contact Keiko Waki by mail, fax or E-mail with the necessary information (your name, address, telephone number and languages you understand, including your first language). The address is: Agureaburu 204, 3-8-4 Sakura, Tsukuba; fax 0298-52-7985; and E-mail at VEF22372[at]niftyserve.or.jp; you can also get information in Chinese (or English) from Ching, at 0298-58-4898.
The International Women's Network (IWN) is a group of women who enjoy chatting with people from all over the world. We hold a monthly potluck dinner where we exchange information about the local community while eating a variety of foods. No reservation is needed to attend the potluck. Just bring one dish of food and show up at the meeting. Newcomers are always welcome! Take advantage of this unique opportunity to enjoy the international city of Tsukuba with us!
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