English 4 is designed to improve students’ English language skills for academic purposes and provide them with 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 lectures in English, speaking in front of an audience, and writing paragraphs and short essays.
There are two types of classes in English 4. RW classes focus on reading comprehension and skill in written composition, and LS classes focus on listening and oral expression.
Each student is assigned to a class and instructors for each class conduct the course using “Course description and aims”, “Student learning outcomes”, and “Keywords” as the basic framework.
By the end of this course, students will:
・ Have improved their English skills required for learning at university and for research activities
・ Be able to understand written and spoken materials correctly in diverse areas including international and intercultural issues, science, and technology
・ Be able to write paragraphs and short essays with unity and coherence
・ Have gained confidence in using English to state their opinions and improved their oral expression skills.
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||Chapter 7 Passages about management accounting and project management||Chapter 7 Passages and exercise problems|
|Class 2||Chapter 8 Passages about life on campus and scholarships||Chapter 8 Passages and exercise problems|
|Class 3||Chapter 9 Passages about education and global problems||Chapter 9 Passages and exercise problems|
|Class 4||Chapter 10 Passages about astronomy||Chapter 10 Passages and exercise problems|
|Class 5||Chapter 11 Passages about social science||Chapter 11 Passages and exercise problems|
|Class 6||Chapter 12 Passages about media and theatrical performance||Chapter 12 Passages and exercise problems|
|Class 7||Passages in various academic fields (1)||To be announced in class|
|Class 8||Passages in various academic fields (2)||To be announced in class|
Tsuruoka, Tomoyuki, Gary Malmgren, Preparations for new TOEFL iBT: Listening & Reading. Shohakusha, 2009. ISBN 978-4-88198-628-8
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.
Activities in class: 20%
Homework assignments: 30%
Final exam: 50%