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|
Each class starts with several students' "show and tell"-style presentations, i.e. showing their classmates something and telling them about it. We will practice listening to English news and discussing related topics in English, using the textbook. We will also watch news video clips other than AFP news in class.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Smartphones||Textbook pp.43-48.|
|Class 2||Wildlife and development||Textbook pp.49-54.|
|Class 3||Fight after work||Textbook pp.55-60.|
|Class 4||Bilingual education||Textbook pp.61-66.|
|Class 5||The Berlin Wall||Textbook pp.67-72.|
|Class 6||Luxurious items||Textbook pp.73-78.|
|Class 7||Ebola and volunteering||Textbook pp.79-84.|
|Class 8||Immigration policy/ Final exam||Textbook pp.85-90.|
AFP World News Report 3 (2016), Makoto Shishido, Kevin Murphy, Mariko Takahashi, Seibido.
Activities in class 30%
Final Exam 50%