Reading & Writing



The Reading & Writing classes are fully divided into small groups according to the participants’ level of English proficiency and age. They learn the basics of how to read and write essays, stories, science reports, etc… . U.S. top university instructors, skilled in teaching and writing, explain the basics of essay structure and paragraph writing. During seven days of SIJ, participants muster skills of how to best describe yourself in writing.

Four Courses

< SIJ 2018 >

SIJ offers four workshop cources that participants can choose one from.

l. Academic Writing 
The Academic Writing workshop teaches students advanced techniques to improve writing in a variety of forms especially American style college application essays. Students will also work in groups to prepare for a debate that will be held at the final presentation.

ll. Public Speaking
The Presentation Skill Workshop focuses on the mechanisms of an effective presentation. Boosting each student’s confidence in their public speaking skills is one of the most important aspects. That can be achieved through various interactive exercises, not just pure presentation skills. We aim to empower students to constructively evaluate their own speeches and that of their peers, formulate original and well-articulated ideas, and engage with the audience to deliver a powerful and memorable speech.

lll. Performing Arts 
The Performing Arts workshop at SIJ aims to use drama as a means of fostering students’ skills of creativity, spontaneity, and collaboration, all of which are extremely difficult to achieve simultaneously in conventional educational institutions. Students participate in a series of games and exercises that work to enhance their confidence in front of an audience, their understanding of the elements of story, their ability to improvise and to perform convincingly as a fictional character. By the end of the workshop, the students will work together to write and direct an original short play, which they will perform during the final presentation.

lV. Computer Science
The Computer Science workshop focuses on teaching students the basic fundamentals of programming and problem solving. Students will experience the Snap! language, a powerful blocks- and browser-based programming language that can be used to create animations, games, and tools. They will have a basic foundation to learn more advanced computer science topics in seven days.

< SIJ 2013 ~ 2017 >

l. Academic Writing
Students in this class try to write full essays – they can learn professional essay writing skills in seven days. This class is suitable for students who would like to study writing for entrance examinations and qualifying exams.

ll. Presentation Skills
At the end of the program, the students become better at public speaking by learning how to make clear, persuasive, and impressive presentations.

lll. Performing Arts
Students and teachers work together to make original drama scripts from scratch, and perform the stories at the final presentation with costumes and props. They can learn how to express themselves through English and the arts.

lV. Special Workshop
The fourth workshop varies every year. This year’s SIJ has a new class, Computer Science Workshop. Workshops in the past include: Journalism (2013), Marketing Yourself (2014), and Visual Arts (2015), Computer Science (2016, 2017).

Various Events

SIJ has provided events that focus on fostering global human resources through English eduation and experiences that provide diverse perspectives. Past events include:

< SIJ 2017 >

  • The 5th Sumire Hirotsuru and Her Harvard Friends Music Concert (special guest The Ansonia Quartet from The Juilliard School, NY)
  • The 3rd Cultural Exchange Program “Kunisaki x Harvard”

< SIJ 2016 >

  • The 4th Sumire Hirotsuru and Her Harvard Friends Music Concert
  • Cultural Exchange Program “Kunisaki x Harvard”
  • Cultural Exchange Program in Nakatsu
  • English Presentation and Writing Course for Adult Learners
  • English Education in New Era – The Harvard Approach Seminar for Teachers and Parents

 < SIJ 2013 ~ 2015 >

  • Digital Art Workshop with teamLab. Inc. (2015)
  • Classical Concert produced/performed by Harvard students (every year)
  • Lecture by Norio Murakami, Former VP of Google Inc. (2013)
  • Education USA Seminar with American Consulate Fukuoka (2014)
  • Healthcare Forum at Aso Iizuka Hospital (2014)
  • Cultural Exchange Program “Kunisaki × Harvard” (2015)