Kyoto University Welcomes First African President

Answer Key:  Japan’s Kyoto University  Welcomes First African President

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. decline  |dəˈklīn| a gradual and continuous loss of strength, numbers, quality, or value: a serious decline in bird numbers | a civilization in decline.
  2. segued  |ˈseɡwād, ˈsā-| ) verb (segues, segueing |ˈseɡwā-iNG, ˈsā-| ,  [no object]  [usually] (in music and film) move without interruption from one song, melody, or scene to another: allowing one song to segue into the next.
  3. outlier |ˈoutˌlīər| noun-a person or thing differing from all other members of a particular group or set: an outlier in Faulkner’s body of work | then there are the corporate outliers, people who just don’t fit into the culture of the company.
  4. enchanted |inˈCHantenˈCHant| verb [with object] fill (someone) with great delight; charm: Isabel was enchanted with the idea.
  5. coup |ko͞o| noun (plural coups |ko͞oz| ) 1 (also coup d’état) a sudden, violent, and illegal seizure of power from a government: he was overthrown in an army coup.
  6. pursue |pərˈso͞o| verb (pursues, pursuing, pursued) [with object] seek to attain or accomplish (a goal), especially over a long period: should people pursue their own happiness at the expense of others?
  7. misunderstanding |ˌmisˌəndərˈstandiNG| noun- a failure to understand something correctly: a misunderstanding of the facts and the law | there must have been some kind of misunderstanding.
  8. poke fun at –[phrase-informal] tease or make fun of.
  9. enrollment |inˈrōlməntenˈrōlmənt| noun-the number of people enrolled, typically at a school or college.
  10. foster |ˈfôstərˈfästər| verb [with object]-encourage or promote the development of (something, typically something regarded as good): the teacher’s task is to foster learning.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary

Reading Comprehension


In meetings with colleagues, he was often asked to take minutes, which helped him improve his listening comprehension and writing ability. At night, he watched Japanese television shows and socialized with Japanese classmates.

 Grammar Focus: Prepositions

Dr. Sacko says he believes Japan needs to allow in more outsiders.

Many Korean families have lived in Japan for several generations.

With 13 other students from Mali, he was assigned to study in China and landed in Beijing in 1985 to study Mandarin.

Dr. Sacko  went on a vacation to Japan after obtaining his undergraduate degree in 1990.

Dr. Sacko moved to Osaka, Japan, for six months of language lessons before enrolling in a master’s degree program at Kyoto University