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Academic unit or major
English language courses
Instructor(s)
Koizumi Yuto 
Course component(s)
Exercise
Mode of instruction
 
Day/Period(Room No.)
Thr1-2(H115)  
Group
38
Course number
LAE.E112
Credits
1
Academic year
2017
Offered quarter
2Q
Syllabus updated
2017/3/17
Lecture notes updated
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Language used
Japanese
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Course description and aims

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.

Student learning outcomes

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

Keywords

Four language skills, fostering international awareness, communication skills, 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

This course is designed to learn English through films produced in English spoken countries.Understanding a narrative told in English and knowing the history and ideas in the background of the story, students will be able to acquire the English language skills with fun. Students are required to attend as fully as possible and participate in class activities.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 TOEFL-style exercises Reading scene A
Class 2 Defining Energy Reading comprehension
Class 3 E=mc2 Exemplifying Reading out loud and recitation
Class 4 Heat How heat is transferred Reading comprehension
Class 5 Giving evidence Smoking, drugs, and alcohol Reading out loud and recitation
Class 6 The danger of drugs Experimenting Reading comprehension
Class 7 Electricity and magnetism The magic of magnet Reading out loud and recitation
Class 8 Calculating Final exam Learn how to watch films with critical points of view

Textbook(s)

Handouts will be distributed.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

To be announced in class.

Assessment criteria and methods

In-class performance: 40%, Final exam: 60%

Related courses

  • LAE.E111 : English 1
  • LAE.E113 : English 3
  • LAE.E114 : English 4
  • LAE.E211 : English 5
  • LAE.E212 : English 6
  • LAE.E213 : English 7
  • LAE.E214 : English 8
  • LAE.E311 : English 9

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

None

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