2016 English 2

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Academic unit or major
English language courses
Instructor(s)
Kiuchi Kumiko 
Course component(s)
Exercise
Day/Period(Room No.)
Thr1-2(H102)  
Group
39
Course number
LAE.E112
Credits
1
Academic year
2016
Offered quarter
2Q
Syllabus updated
2016/12/8
Lecture notes updated
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Language used
Japanese
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Course description and aims

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.

Student learning outcomes

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

Keywords

Four language skills, fostering international awareness, communication skills, studying abroad, TOEFL

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills
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Class flow

Classes proceed based on students' preparation and group activities using worksheets.

Course schedule/Required learning

  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

Textbook(s)

Seisuke Yasunami and Richard S. Lavin. For a better future: Health and Environment Topics from VOA. Tokyo: Shohakusha, 2013
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Instructions in class

Assessment criteria and methods

Presentation 1. 20% Presentation 2. 25%
Assignments 30%
Listening Test 25%

Related courses

  • LAE.E111 : English 1
  • LAE.E113 : English 3
  • LAE.E114 : English 4
  • LAE.E211 : English 5
  • LAE.E212 : English 6
  • LAE.E213 : English 7
  • LAE.E214 : English 8
  • LAE.E311 : English 9

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

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