Paper Review Session
Welcome to PRS
Paper Review Session (PRS) is a class for supporting the English language organized by the NKK Laboratory, IDEC Hiroshima University specializing in reading English, writing English and presenting in English. The objectives are to read and understand as many scientific papers as possible, to improve English writing and to develop presentation skills.
All participants are students of IDEC, Hiroshima University from the NKK Lab. Eleven participants from a variety of countries and academic programs are current active members, they are as follows:
This class has run from October 18th, 2010 until February 8th, 2011 and the total of this meeting was 12 weeks and 18 hours. It started from 12.45 to 14.00 on Mondays.
The full-time weekly timetable consists of an hour presentation session and a 10 minutes feedback session in which the lesson is discussed with the session leader and other group participants. In addition, the presentation was divided into two parts namely 10 minutes for English paper presentation and 5 minutes for discussion.
The PRSfs syllabi are divided into 5 topics as follows
1. Understanding main idea;
The main idea of a passage of reading is the central thought or message. This activity will help participants to understand how to determine the core idea.
2. Writing a paragraph for scientific abstract
An abstract is a short summary of your completed research. If done well, it makes the reader want to know or learn more about research. This activity will help participants know how to write their scientific abstract.
3.Understanding research structure
The structure of academic research is very purposeful because the most common academic writing assignment is a research paper. This class will help participants to understand scientific research structures.
4.Writing 5 paragraphs of scientific essay
An essay is several paragraphs of writing which is often written from an authorfs personal point of view. As a final result of this class, all participants can learn how to write scientific essays of their research
5. Presentation skill
This class provides strategies to help participants improve their presentations. Participants will examine the fundamentals of preparing, organizing and delivering presentations. It also help them start presentations, how deal with questions and how to be confident as well.
The reasons why this activity is so important are because; 1) we try to digest the highest level of knowledge through the newest publications from around the world, 2) by doing this activity, we could enhance the English skill, 3) almost all of the foreign students are making their thesis in English, so they should be familiar using English, and 4) some companies in Japan are using English, therefore it is strongly recommended that Japanese students should also use English.
Overall, 94.7% of total participants attended weekly activities. And almost 90% of the participants said that this activity was useful to improve their English skills. Those indicate that this activity is felt important for the participants, and it also attracts them to participate actively.
One of the participants, Rinda Puspasari said that the NKK review class is very beneficial, because she can learn to understand the main idea of an international journal and how to review the study. In fact she actually has made a great progress in her presentation skills. Nowadays, she can give English presentations in an appropriate manner. Also Bagus Dwi Rahmanto said that now he feels more confident when he has to do a presentation. Nahda Kanara and Heri Suheri also said the same thing, they think they became accustomed to stand in front of class and they have gotten more knowledge and new information about their research fields.
However, some participants think that the schedule is too tight because at the same time they also take 24 credits, so it was too difficult for them to arrange the schedule. It was more difficult particularly at the end of the semester, when they had to submit all subject assignments. They suggest that it is better if this activity would be held twice a month or every 2 weeks. They also asked for reconsideation of the class time because there was too short break time between other classes. While from undergraduate students, they said this semester was very hard for them. They think that undergraduate students should attend this activity in spring semesterfs class.
The most interesting suggestion is to involve a native speaker to correct the grammar and pronunciation. We have tried to accommodate that by asking one student from Nigeria to join this activity.
Kaswanto (2nd year PhD Student), Rachmad Firdaus (1st year PhD Student) and JP Lubis (2nd year Master's Student)