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Garden of English

Last updated: 2022/1/6

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Garden of English

Garden of English is an extracurricular program for UTokyo students, researchers, and staff members who want to improve and maintain their conversation skills in English. Are you an international student at UTokyo who speaks English fluently? If so, please apply for the TA position :-) We will put a notice about the TA positions on this website when we recruit new TAs.

Let's have a chat in English with UTokyo international students!

What's "Garden of English"?

Basic information

✓ English conversation program for UTokyo students, researchers, and staff members (Open between Nov. and Jan. for 2021A)

✓ Free of charge

✓ Conducted online via Zoom

✓ A session is about 15-30 minutes

✓ A pair of TAs will talk with one guest or a pair of guests who know each other

✓ You can chat in any other languages if everyone in the Garden agrees to do so

✓ No teaching of English (or other languages)

How to join the Garden *You need your university account (@...u-tokyo.ac.jp)

3 steps!

1. Check the calendar below for the TAs' available dates and times

2. Click the date and time of your preference on the calendar, and enter your name and email address to book the session
*You can use a nickname
*If you'd like to consult with us before booking, please email us(Contact

3. When it's time, join the Garden via Zoom. The details will be sent to you upon your booking
*You need your university account (@...u-tokyo.ac.jp) to join the meeting
*After you leave the Garden, please access the questionnaire (you can find the link to the Google Forms in the email sent upon your booking) and give us your feedback on your experience

Session calendar and booking (Can be booked up to 2 weeks in advance) Final session: 1/28

TA pair No.1: Diana & Prakash (Wed 20:00 & Thu 20:00)


TA pair No.2: Gunjan & Iffat (Tue 18:30 & Thu 18:30)


TA pair No.3: Roy & Ireen (Mon 9:30 & Fri 9:30)


Introduction of TA

Gunjan

Home: India

Language: English, Hindi, Kannada, and a little bit of Japanese

Interests: Reading books , Cycling in the streets of Tokyo and Chiba, Fixing things

Hello, I am Gunjan from India, a Doctoral student in the Department of Electrical Engineering. One of my favorite things to do in Tokyo is cycling next to the riversides. The picture above is from the beautiful Kuramae district near the Sumida-gawa river. Last semester my aim was to follow the Arakawa River to the Tokyo Bay area, I accomplished that. Now I am seeking new scenic cycling routes around Tokyo.

Please drop by to have a friendly chat with me, let's discuss scenic spots in Tokyo, exchange information about our cultures, and learn fascinating things.

Roy

Home: Taiwan

Language: English, Mandarin, Taiwanese, Arabic, Japanese

Interests: Scuba-diving, Dancing, Swimming, Basketball

Hailing from Taiwan, Roy used to be a journalism student at Northwestern University and studied Arabic for two years in Qatar and Lebanon. He is now interested in learning machine learning and AI and studying master of Engineering at the University of Tokyo.

Diana

Home: Mexico

Language: English, Spanish, and Nihongo wo gambare!

Interests: Musical instruments, Animals (especially dogs), Cooking, Martial Arts, Recycling and environmental actions

Diana here! I came to Japan to learn about its recycling system, did you know that Japan was the first country to develop "EcoTowns"? That means that the residues (or "waste") from some companies are used as resources in others. Cool! Right? So here I am in the Department of Systems Innovation working on electronics waste recycling ^^

In the meantime, I enjoy traveling around Japan, trying new dishes and learning Japanese.

Ireen

Home: Zambia

Language: English, Nyanja, Chinese

Hello, I am Ireen from Zambia, a Masters's student in the Department of Bioengineering. My favourite things to do are organizing, cooking and reading. I also like traveling and I plan to travel to different parts Japan. I enjoy diverse conversations and learning from different cultures and backgrounds, connect with me if you’re interested in such conversations.

Iffat

Home: Pakistan

Language: English, Urdu, Hindko (mother tongue), Punjabi, Pashto (little), Japanese (little)

Interests: Running, Swimming, Shopping, Travelling, Drawing, Reading tech and science books, etc.

Iffat is a computer engineering graduate from GIK Institute, Pakistan. She joined University of Tokyo as a doctoral student after teaching undergraduate students in Pakistan for almost four years. Her current work interests include AI, data science and NLP. She likes to travel, and this picture is taken in Nikko, a place that testifies a reflection of artistic genius and architectural history.

Please feel free to connect with me and let’s share our experiences of culture, traditions, art, and society.

Prakash

Home: India

Language: English, Japanese, Hindi, Bengali

I am a doctoral student at The University of Tokyo where I study how radio signals are sent, received and processed. Earlier, I was with the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. I love to wake up at sunrise, relish making breakfast and reading the self-help genre. In my time off, I dabble in sketching, creative writing, running, volunteering, and listening to Coldplay. Mastering a cartwheel before the year ends is a personal goal.

The TAs are friendly and can accommodate a wide range of guests, from those who need courage to speak English to those who can speak English well. Please broaden your experience by interacting with the TAs of different linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Please respect each other and enjoy your exchange!

Please feel free to contact us via email if you have any questions or inquiries.

Contact

Garden of English, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo

Office: Rm.324 via 2nd floor, Eng.Bldg.No.8, Hongo
E-mail: utokyo.garden[at]gmail.com
Phone: 03-5841-2323(Ms. Nemoto)

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