This page is a course guide and teaching supplement for my students at Seijo University, Tokyo, Japan. It is not a part of the official website of the university, as it contains information related only to my classes.

I will communicate with students through this website, the university's WebClass system, email, and internet tools such as Zoom. As of September 2021, the corona virus pandemic is still in a severe stage and an emergency declaration is in effect in Tokyo. On September 24, we will start holding classes online. If the emergency declaration is lifted, then we will hold classes on campus.

The important things that students need to do is make an effort to keep in contact with the teacher, stay informed about assignments, and finish the assignments quickly.

You have to check four things regularly:

1. This website

2. WebClass

3. Campus Square

4. Your university email account ( Set up your university email account and check it every day.

Be sure to complete 10 independent study reports in each semester (a total of 20 for the year) on the form provided on the Homework and Tests page.

If you are having trouble finishing your reports quickly, the Homework and Tests page has a list of study sources that are easy to study and easy to finish quickly.

Send your reports as an email attachment to the teacher: riches[at]

In your email, tell your name, student number, class name and day and time of the class.

You can attach your report as a MSWord document file. Make the file name like this:

your last name-your first name-year-month-day.docx
for example: tanaka-saburo-2021-11-23.docx

Evaluation (second semester)

Students can see the original and complete version of the syllabus on the university website, but usually, because of the unique characteristics of the students in this "repeaters" class, I put students on an independent study plan. Evaluation will be based on completion of weekly assignments and participation. This plan will be discussed during the first class.

Completion of weekly assignments: 50%
Participation: 50% You have to attend every class, even though you are working independently. Do not just disappear during the semester then reappear on the last day with ten reports finished. Stay in contact with the teacher and do one report every week.


Some students have trouble with the responsibility that comes with the freedom of university life. You have to manage your time and prepare yourself well. You cannot delay in making an effort. There are 30 classes per year. For the students who are repeating the course, the major problem is not English proficiency but motivation to attend and do the work on time. At the end of the academic year in January, any student who has been absent for more than 1/3 of the classes, for whatever reason, cannot get credit for this course. Note that this permitted number of absences gives a student a reasonable allowance for any absences due to illnesses, injuries, and emergencies. For example, if a student were absent 9 times for no good reason, then absent once because of a serious injury, then absent again to attend a funeral, he would fail to get credit for the course because 9+2=11, which is more than 1/3 of 30.