English 4 is designed to improve students’ English language skills for academic purposes and provide them with knowledge in relevant areas. The materials include topics such as international and intercultural issues as well as current topics of science and technology. Expectations require students to practice: reading academic articles, listening to lectures in English, speaking in front of an audience, and writing paragraphs and short essays.
There are two types of classes in English 4. RW classes focus on reading comprehension and skill in written composition, and LS classes focus on listening and oral expression.
Each student is assigned to a class and instructors for each class conduct the course using “Course description and aims”, “Student learning outcomes”, and “Keywords” as the basic framework.
By the end of this course, students will:
・ Have improved their English skills required for learning at university and for research activities
・ Be able to understand written and spoken materials correctly in diverse areas including international and intercultural issues, science, and technology
・ Be able to write paragraphs and short essays with unity and coherence
・ Have gained confidence in using English to state their opinions and improved their oral expression skills.
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|
Attendance is taken at each class. Students are required to listen to, read assigned materials, and complete assignments before class, preparing for focused discussions of their content. (Note: Assignments turned in late are penalized. Syllabus is subject to change based on the levels, needs, and actual number of students.)
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Introduction to course Unit 5: Follow Your Passion||Identify course aims. Acquire vocabulary, phrases, and concepts relevant for discussing careers.|
|Class 2||Unit 5: Follow Your Passion||Acquire vocabulary, phrases, and concepts relevant for discussing careers.|
|Class 3||Unit 6: Culture and Commerce||Acquire vocabulary, phrases, and concepts relevant for discussing tourism.|
|Class 4||Unit 6: Culture and Commerce||Acquire vocabulary, phrases, and concepts relevant for discussing tourism.|
|Class 5||Unit 7: Before You Say "I Do" Test||Acquire vocabulary, phrases, and concepts relevant for discussing marriage. Demonstrate knowledge of course materials.|
|Class 6||Unit 7: Before You Say "I Do"||Acquire vocabulary, phrases, and concepts relevant for discussing marriage.|
|Class 7||Unit 8: Reducing Your Carbon Footprint||Acquire vocabulary, phrases, and concepts relevant for discussing climate change.|
|Class 8||Revision of materials Group Presentation||Consolidation of vocabulary and key concepts from Units 5-8. Articulate ideas and opinions on issues. Deliver a group presentation. Identify course aims.|
Solorzano, Helen S,and Jennifer P. L. Schmidt. 2015. NorthStar: Listening & Speaking, Level 3. Fourth Edition. White Plains, New York: Pearson Education. (ISBN: 978-0-13-404981-6)
Additional reading materials and handouts will be distributed in class.
Class Participation, 25%
Homework and In-class Assignments, 20%
Group Presentation and Paper, 30%