2016 English Language and Cultures 13

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English language courses
Ishihara Yuki 
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Course description and aims

Students in this course will read texts that lead to an understanding of the rich Anglophone cultures, and taking that as a starting point for debate, will discover the various aspects of Anglophone culture.

The purpose of this course is to train students to read high-quality texts for their research.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course students will be able to:
・grasp the exact meaning of texts written in English.
・analyze texts critically.


cultures of English-speaking countries, texts written in English, reading

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

For each of the units in the textbook, students are required to read the unit and solve the exercise problems before coming to the class. The instructor will explain the background of famous speeches delivered in English-speaking countries, making sure that the students understand the meaning of the texts, and show solutions to the exercise problems. Cultural implications of each speech will be discussed. The students will also watch news video clips from the English-speaking countries and discuss them.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction / What constitutes a good speech? properties of a good speech
Class 2 The Gettysburg Addresss by Abraham Lincoln Textbook pp. 8-9.
Class 3 Victory Speech by Barack H. Obama (1) Textbook pp.12-15.
Class 4 Victory Speech by Barack H. Obama (2) Textbook pp.16-21.
Class 5 Victory Speech by Barack H. Obama (3) Textbook pp.22-25.
Class 6 Victory Speech by Barack H. Obama (4) Textbook pp.26-29.
Class 7 Of Wall and Eggs by Haruki Murakami (1) Textbook pp.32-35.
Class 8 Of Wall and Eggs by Haruki Murakami (2) Textbook pp.36-39. Report due.


Memorable Speeches by Takami Kashima, Norimitsu Fujiuchi, Kinya Yamakawa, Hirokatsu Kawashima and Jeffrey MacPherson, Cengage Learning, 978-4-86312-190-4.

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Assessment criteria and methods

activities in class: 60% Final report: 40%

Related courses

  • LAE.E482 : English Language and Cultures 14

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It is recommended that students take this course in sequence with Seminar: Language and Culture(English) 14.
Attendance at the first class is compulsory for students planning to take this course.

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