English 2 follows English 1 to solidify the foundational skills for effective communication in English as well as to foster international awareness, as both are typically required in the globally expanding domain of scientific and technological research activities. It also prepares students to study or do research abroad in the future. Students are assigned training exercises that cover the four language skills — reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The reading and listening materials include topics such as international and intercultural issues as well as the fundamentals of science and technology. Practice exercises in writing and speaking are provided so that students can develop communication competence to participate in discussions and conferences where opinions are exchanged through both text and speech. TOEFL-type exercise problems are also used in the course.
This course aims to establish a solid base on which students can build toward a higher level of communication competence specifically in an English language environment. The base is, as mentioned in "Course description and aims" of English 1, composed of three elements: (1) identifying relevant information accurately, (2) exercising fair judgement to form a valid opinion, and (3) stating opinions clearly and persuasively.
Each student is assigned to a group led by an instructor. Instructors for each group conduct the course using the "Course description and aims" and "Student learning outcomes" as the basic framework. "Class direction," "Course schedule," and other information below explain the features of each class.
By the end of this course, students will:
・Strengthen practical English abilities that are required for learning at university and for research activities both in Japan and abroad
・Be able to accurately grasp the main ideas and arguments of written and spoken materials in diverse areas including international and intercultural issues, science, and technology
・Have increased their knowledge of effective vocabulary and expressions to actively communicate their ideas and opinions in English
・Be able to write their own short paragraphs with a clear purpose
・Be able to state their opinions with good organization
Four language skills, fostering international awareness, communication skills, studying abroad, TOEFL
|Intercultural skills||Communication skills||Specialist skills||Critical thinking skills||Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
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|
|Class 1||Unit 9 Cannes Loves to Hate Censorship||Unit 9 Model passage and exercise problems|
|Class 2||Unit 10 Affluenza||Unit 10 Model passage and exercise problems|
|Class 3||Unit 11 Ecoomic Growth vs. Human Morale Draw inferences from your reading||Unit 11 Model passage and exercise problems|
|Class 4||Unit 12 Keeping the American Dream Evaluate different viewpoints and ideas||Unit 12 Model passage and exercise problems|
|Class 5||Unit 13 Ethnic Boundary Markers Classification||Unit 13 Model passage and exercise problems|
|Class 6||Unit 14 Types of Ethnic Groups||Unit 14 Model passage and exercise problems|
|Class 7||Unit 15 Stateless Nationalities||Unit 15 Model passage and exercise problems|
|Class 8||Review: How to read effectively||To be announced in class|
Fellag, Linda Robinson. "Tapestry Reading 3 [Intermediate] Japan Edition." Shohakusha, 2010. (ISBN 978-4-88198-632-5)
To be announced in class
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%
Contact by e-mail in advance to schedule an appointment.