After an introductory class (a guidance and a symposium in the first week), in which instructors talk about the significance and pleasure of learning foreign languages from their own experiences, the lectures on some foreign languages are given by specialists of each language, explaining cultural, geographical, social and historical characteristics that form the background of that language.
This course is designed as a preparatory lecture for the students who launch out into a world of a new foreign language other than English and aims to introduce them a different way of thinking as a premise for practical learning and encourage their curiosity and enthusiasm. An encounter with a foreign language means changing one’s way of thinking and view of the world, and thus approaching a totally different culture based on that language. Participants are expected to become aware that every language is not merely a communication tool but a field where a culture and a history of each nation crystallize and its view of the world is projected.
By the end of this course students will:
1) get to know the history, culture, land- and mindscape that are contained in each language as its essential features.
2) become aware that every foreign language has its own way of thinking as a projection of its view of the world, different from that of our mother tongues.
・Foreign language learning
・History and culture of language
|Specialist skills||✔ Intercultural skills||✔ Communication skills||✔ Critical thinking skills||Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
As an introduction, the instructors talk about the significance and pleasure of learning foreign languages from their own experiences in a guidance and in a symposium. The following lectures will focus on the history and culture of four languages.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Introduction - Why do we learn foreign languages? Symposium - Pleasure of learning foreign languages||To be announced during classes.|
|Class 2||French language and history,culture,life Ⅰ||To be announced during classes.|
|Class 3||French language and history,culture,life Ⅱ||To be announced during classes.|
|Class 4||Russian language and history,culture,life Ⅰ||To be announced during classes.|
|Class 5||Russian language and history,culture,life Ⅱ||To be announced during classes.|
|Class 6||Chinese language and history,culture,life Ⅰ||To be announced during classes.|
|Class 7||Chinese language and history,culture,life Ⅱ||To be announced during classes.|
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.
Course materials are provided during class.
Students will be assessed on their commitment to the lectures (by response cards) (40%) and an essay on foreign languages (60%).