2017 English 7 9-LS

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English language courses
Ishihara Yuki 
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Course description and aims

English 7 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, 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

Each class starts with several students' "show and tell"-style presentations, i.e. showing their classmates something and telling them about it. We will practice listening to English news and discussing related topics in English, using the textbook. We will also watch the latest news video clips and discuss it.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 orientation/ phonetic properties of Japanese and English, characteristics of English used in TV news programs
Class 2 Royal Visit: Prince William in Japan Textbook pp.1-6.
Class 3 Free-Range Parenting Textbook pp.7-13.
Class 4 Security Breach: Drone Crashes on White House Lawn Textbook pp.14-19.
Class 5 Animal Love: Zoos Play Matchmaker Textbook pp.20-25.
Class 6 Operation Pizza Textbook pp.26-31.
Class 7 Big Powerball Jackpot Growing Textbook pp.32-37.
Class 8 Obama in India Final Exam Textbook pp.38-44.


Shigeru Yamane and Kathleen Yamane, ABC World News 18, Kinseido.

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To be announced in class.

Assessment criteria and methods

Activities in class 30%
Presentation 20%
Final Exam 50%

Related courses

  • LAE.E214 : English 8

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