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
|Specialist skills||✔ Intercultural skills||✔ Communication skills||Critical thinking skills||Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
The class proceeds based on students' worksheets. Students discuss their topics in a small group.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Introduction to the class; introduction to the presentation (1)||Gathering materials|
|Class 2||Introduction to the presentation (2) Practice giving a short presentation; grouping + Unit 10||Write a short summary of the material brought in class|
|Class 3||Introduction to the presentation skills (3) Writing up a group presentation + Unit 11||Finalize the draft; discussion in a group|
|Class 4||Group Presentation (1) and review||Filling in the feedback sheet|
|Class 5||Selecting topics and grouping + Unit 12||Gathering materials|
|Class 6||Discussion in a group; writing a draft for the presentation + Unit 13||Finalize the draft|
|Class 7||Group Presentation (2) and review||Prepare for the final exam|
|Class 8||Final exam and review|
Seisuke Yasunami and Richard S. Lavin. For a better future: Health and Environment Topics from VOA. Tokyo: Shohakusha, 2013
Presentation 1. 20% Presentation 2. 25%
Listening Test 25%