English 2 follows English 1 to solidify the foundational skills for effective communication in English as well as to foster international awareness, as both are typically required in the globally expanding domain of scientific and technological research activities. It also prepares students to study or do research abroad in the future. Students are assigned training exercises that cover the four language skills — reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The reading and listening materials include topics such as international and intercultural issues as well as the fundamentals of science and technology. Practice exercises in writing and speaking are provided so that students can develop communication competence to participate in discussions and conferences where opinions are exchanged through both text and speech. TOEFL-type exercise problems are also used in the course.
This course aims to establish a solid base on which students can build toward a higher level of communication competence specifically in an English language environment. The base is, as mentioned in "Course description and aims" of English 1, composed of three elements: (1) identifying relevant information accurately, (2) exercising fair judgement to form a valid opinion, and (3) stating opinions clearly and persuasively.
Each student is assigned to a group led by an instructor. Instructors for each group conduct the course using the "Course description and aims" and "Student learning outcomes" as the basic framework. "Class direction," "Course schedule," and other information below explain the features of each class.
By the end of this course, students will:
・Strengthen practical English abilities that are required for learning at university and for research activities both in Japan and abroad
・Be able to accurately grasp the main ideas and arguments of written and spoken materials in diverse areas including international and intercultural issues, science, and technology
・Have increased their knowledge of effective vocabulary and expressions to actively communicate their ideas and opinions in English
・Be able to write their own short paragraphs with a clear purpose
・Be able to state their opinions with good organization
Four language skills, fostering international awareness, communication skills, studying abroad, TOEFL
|Intercultural skills||Communication skills||Specialist skills||Critical thinking skills||Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
For each unit in the textbook:
・Students are required to read the unit and solve the exercise problems before coming to class.
・The instructor (1) clarifies the essential points of the unit, (2) shows solutions to the exercise problems, and (3) has students construct a short paragraph on a given topic using the points of the day and present it orally or in writing to the class.
Homework assignments include paragraph writing and TOEFL iBT-style reading comprehension exercises. Homework is reviewed by the instructor.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Signs and diagrams||Exercise problems in Unit 11 and Unit 12 Writing a paragraph using schematics|
|Class 2||Passages about land management and project management||Exercise problems in Unit 13 Paragraph writing|
|Class 3||Passages about biology, ecology, and environment||Exercise problems in Unit 14 and Unit 15 Paragraph writing|
|Class 4||Passages about Information Technology||Exercise problems in Unit 16 and Unit 17 Paragraph writing Paragraph writing|
|Class 5||Passages about force and energy||Exercise problems in Unit 18 and Unit 19 Paragraph writing|
|Class 6||Passages about electricity and magnetism||Exercise problems in Unit 20 Paragraph writing|
|Class 7||Passages about nanotechnology||Exercise problems in Unit 21 Paragraph writing|
|Class 8||Passages about various academic fields||Timed reading exercise problems|
Phillips, Terry, Kenji Hitomi, and Eiichi Yubune. Integrated Technical English. Seibido, 2005. (ISBN 978-4-7919-0075-6)
To be announced in class
Students are assessed on practical English skills and on the degree to which they can use them to communicate with others.
Activities in class: 20%
Homework assignments: 30%
Final exam: 50%
Contact by e-mail in advance to schedule an appointment.