2016 English 5

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Harada Daisuke 
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Course description and aims

English 5 is designed to improve students’ English language skills for academic purposes and provide them with more 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 English lectures, speaking before an audience, and developing skills to write paragraphs and short essays.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will:
・be able to express their ideas and opinions in classes confidently
・be able to write paragraphs or short essays
・be able to better understand academic lectures
・practice effective reading strategies


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

Each class generally consists of the following steps.
0. Return homework and review it
1. Read a model essay in English and identify its main idea and details
2. Analyze the structure of the model essay
3. Practice writing a new essay using the structure of the model

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Unit 1 An Anecdote, "At the border" Unit 1 Analysis of the model essay, and exercise problems
Class 2 Unit 2 Chronological Narrative: "Yoko Ono" Unit 2: Analysis of the model essay, and exercise problems
Class 3 Unit 3 A Thematic Biography, "Elvis Presley" Unit 3: Analysis of the model essay, and exercise problems
Class 4 Unit 4 Reporting, "Mobile phone sparks classroom brawl" Unit 4: Analysis of the model essay, and exercise problems
Class 5 Unit 5 A Critical Review, "Elton John and BIlly Joel, the 'Face to Face' Tour" Unit 5: Analysis of the model essay, and exercise problems
Class 6 Unit 6 Comparing / Contrasting, "Hayao Miyazaki and Walt Disney" Unit 6: Analysis of the model essay, and exercise problems
Class 7 Unit 7 Review Units 1-6 Read essays with complicated structures (1) Units 1-6, Additional exercise problems
Class 8 Read essays with complicated structures (2) Analyze a complicated essay and write a summary. Write an essay to express your own opinion.


Gale, Stuart, Shunpei Fukuhara, and Tim Cross, S3 Structure, Structure, Structure. NAN'UN-DO, 2012. (ISBN 978-4-523-17704-3)

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Assessment criteria and methods

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%

Related courses

  • ZEN.E396 : English 6

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