早稲田大学 国際教養学部 AO入試 志望理由書 提出例 (益子 真由美 教授参考)
Dear Admission Office,
First of all I would like to thank for the opportunity, and in this letter please allow me to explain my interest in applying for School of International Liberal Studies at Waseda University, hoping to pursue a major in International Communications and Language Studies later in my academic years. I would be more than grateful if you could kindly give it a read and grant me an admission. During the in-person interview, I would also be delighted to expand more on my area of studies and what I can achieve upon joining the school.
In the age of globalization, immigration and affordable international travel, are people really communicating? Is the benefit or trouble that is bigger being brought by these changes? How do people from different cultures with different languages communicate? Going back to the basics, Pragmatics is the study of context. Meanwhile, Semantics is the study of meaning – more precisely it is the study of the relation between linguistic expressions and their meanings. Semantics not only concentrates on how words express meaning but also on how words, phrases and sentences come together to make meaning in language. And largely, many experts suggest communication is supported by 1. Non-verbal communication 2. Pragmatics 3. Cross-cultural understanding that are necessary to convey the intended messages. People say body languages are universal, but this is possible as it concerns the Non-verbal communication.
Nonverbal communication is generally viewed from a very broad perspective as “communication affected by means other than words”. Specifically, it includes influencing others by facial expression, tone of voice, gestures, posture, bodily contact, use of space, clothing, nonverbal vocalizations, and even smell. And many studies prove that, if one cannot appreciate something, he or she would simply feel uncomfortable or judge as impolite which is immediately a damaging result for any communication. Therefore, interpretation of nonverbal and cultural understanding interact very closely and determine the quality of communication as well as pragmatics.
As we live in a society that focuses too much on English proficiency, and while translation technologies influence, many may be blind to the fact that communication is much more than the language grammar. Studying one thing won’t promise a bright future, but being able to truly establish a communication in this globalization era is a tangible gift. There, I feel passionate about gaining broad knowledge in Communication Studies from diverse perspectives. And in order for me to attain high-level education and equip myself with what is needed to survive the next decades of globalization and competition, and locate professional opportunity, it is extremely important for me to study various international studies among like-minded students at Waseda where liberal studies is offered. Thank you very much for reading and I am very much looking forward to hearing good news.