NKK Lab Report
Paper Review Session
Paper Review Session
April to September, 2011
Reporters : Zulfaidah Penata Gama (PhD student; Indonesia)
& Nur Maliki Arifiandi (masterfs student; Indonesia)
Welcome to the PRS 2011
Paper Review Session (PRS) is a class for supporting the study of English organized by the NKK Laboratory, IDEC Hiroshima University specializing in reading papers in English, writing English and presenting in English. The objectives are to read and understand as many scientific papers as possible while improving English writing and developing presentation skills. The whole program is organized by the lab students, and offerred for the lab students only.
All of the participants are students from the NKK Lab of IDEC, Hiroshima University. The following participants from a variety of countries and academic programs were the members.
Weekly Timetable and Rules of PRS
This class ran from May-July, 2011 sessions with the total of 11 weeks (16 hours), and it started from 13.00 to 14.20 on Thursdays.
Each participant made a presentation once per semester. The first presenter was chosen on the first meeting, from the following week onwards, the next presenter was selected after the preceding presentation. At the same time, we also chose for four people to act as panelists, and one person to make a report regarding the whole session (including Q&A and personal comments). Each participant had to select and chose at least one journal published after 2009, and we strongly recommended that the journal should be related to presenterfs research topic. Besides making power point slides, each presenter also required to make an abstract, which would be distributed before starting the presentation. Each presenter had 30 minutes to present the journal, followed by a 50-minute discussion. Meanwhile, the audience was expected to offer various comments/ suggestions about each presenterfs performance on the comment paper.
Each participant contributed 100 JPY per week for post-course grammar checking.
The PRS syllabi are divided into 4 topics as follows:
1. Understanding main idea;
The main idea of this task is to abstract the central message. This activity helped participants understand how to determine the core idea.
2. Writing a scientific abstract.
An abstract is a short summary of your completed research. If well written, it can make the reader want to know or learn more about your research. This activity helped participants know how to effectively write their scientific abstract.
3. Understanding research structure.
The structure of academic research is very critical for research as well as writing a well laid-out research papers. This activity helped participants to understand scientific research structures.
4. Presentation skill
This class provided strategies to help participants improve their presentation skills. Participants examined the fundamentals of preparing, organizing and delivering presentations. It also helped them how to start presentations, how to deal with questions and how to be confident and so on.
Various activities during the PRS 2011 Spring
The reasons why this activity were importants are:
1) that we tried to digest the highest level of knowledge by reviewing the newest publications from around the world,
2) by doing these activities, we could enhance our English skills,
3) that all of the foreign students write their thesis in English, therefore they must be familiar with English, and
4) that some Japanese lab mates as well joined the session tough they write their thesis in Japanese, because it was strongly recommended that Japanese students also acquire English skills to fully understand papers published in English.
The overall attendancy was 92% (this percentage is obtained from total attendance divided by the number of participants multiplied by the number of participants) and almost 90% of the participants praised (this percentage is obtained from all participants commented on the final season) that this session program was useful for improving their English skills, indicating that this program was important for the participants, and encouraged them to actively participate in the session.