2016 English 8

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English language courses
Ishihara Yuki 
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Course description and aims

Based on English 7, English 8 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, studying abroad, TOEFL

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Students will practice reading skills using the textbook. They will also practice writing TOEFL-style short essays in English.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Cleaner fish Textbook pp.30-32.
Class 2 Cleaner fish Textbook pp.33-40.
Class 3 writing an essay/ Body language Textbook pp.41-43.
Class 4 Body language Textbook pp.44-48.
Class 5 Extraversion and introversion Textbook pp.49-50.
Class 6 Extraversion and introversion Textbook pp.51-61.
Class 7 Fashion in history Textbook pp.63-70.
Class 8 writing an essay/ Final exam


Weaving it Together: Connecting Reading and Writing 4, advanced level, Milanda Broukal and Tomoko Sekiguchi, Shohakusha.

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Assessment criteria and methods

Activities in class: 20%
Essays: 30%
Final exam: 50%

Related courses

  • LAE.E213 : English 7

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