2016 English 5

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English language courses
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 consists of the following steps.
0. Return homework and review it
1. Read model passages in English and identify their main ideas and details
2. Analyze the structure of the model passages
3. Solve exercise problems

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Unit 1 Reading for Pleasure Main ideas in readings Unit 1 Model passage and exercise problems
Class 2 Unit 2 Cyber-Worlds Main ideas and supporting ideas Unit 2 Model passage and exercise problems
Class 3 Unit 3 Food Safety Word stems, prefixes, suffixes Unit 3 Model passage and exercise problems
Class 4 Unit 4 The Sex-Role Revolution Visualizing relations of important ideas Unit 4 Model passage and exercise problems
Class 5 Unit 5 Solving the Job Puzzle Marking up texts to highlight important ideas Unit 5 Model passage and exercise problems
Class 6 Unit 6 Computer-Related Jobs Unit 6 Model passage and exercise problems
Class 7 Unit 7 Culture War Distinguishing fact from opinion Unit 7 Model passage and exercise problems
Class 8 Unit 8 Entertainment Media Tips to remember new vocabulary effectively Unit 8 Model passage and exercise problems


Fellag, Linda Robinson. Tapestry Reading 3 [Intermediate] Japan Edition. Shohakusha, 2010. (ISBN 978-4-88198-632-5)

Reference books, course materials, etc.

To be announced in class

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.
Homework assignments: 40%
Final exam: 60%

Related courses

  • ZEN.E396 : English 6

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