Experienced instructors provide practical training of English communication using an original textbook developed for this course. Each class focuses on a specific skill, and key expressions essential for English communication in academic settings are presented.
The aim of this course is to provide comprehensive improvement to English communication skills on science and technology-related topics.
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1. conduct English conversation smoothly on science and technology-related topics.
2. communicate smoothly in English with people who have different cultural or educational backgrounds.
3. improve their English proficiency levels.
English, intercultural communication, discussion
|Specialist skills||✔ Intercultural skills||✔ Communication skills||Critical thinking skills||Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
A level-check interview is conducted in the first week. Based on the results, class organization is determined. Subsequently, each class focuses on a specific theme described in each chapter of the textbook. Homework assignments are due in almost all classes.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Level-check interview: performed on a one-on-one basis to evaluate students' English language proficiency levels.||Students must complete pre-class assignments for next class.|
|Class 2||Complete Speech||Students must complete pre-class assignments.|
|Class 3||Confirming What You Heard||Students must complete pre-class assignments.|
|Class 4||Giving and Reacting to Opinions||Students must complete pre-class assignments.|
|Class 5||Covering Thinking Time||Students must complete pre-class assignments.|
|Class 6||Talking Around Vocabulary||Students must complete pre-class assignments.|
|Class 7||Review||Students must complete pre-class assignments.|
|Class 8||Final Exam and Feedback||Students must be able to talk about a given topic by making full use of the skills taught in the course and perform Q&A effectively.|
To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.
A free textbook is distributed.
Students' grades are based on (i) pre-class assignments (40%), (ii) active participation in discussion and conversation with independent use of the speaking skills introduced in the course (35%), and (iii) the final examination (25%).