2017 English 8 42-LS

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Helen Lewis  David Pinkney  Koizumi Yuto 
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Course description and aims

Based on English 7, English 8 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

The focus of this course is speaking and listening skills. We will use the textbook and videos selected by the teacher to engage with diverse and challenging topics. There will be many chances to practice speaking in different contexts including pairs, small groups, and the entire class. The students will have a chance to express their opinions and listen to each other as well as contribute to the direction of the learning itself. We will revisit each of the four sections of the textbook and choose chapters of interest together.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Chapter from Section 1 - Your Life Review of help questions, textbook exercises.
Class 2 Presentation 1 Deliver a prepared speech
Class 3 Chapter from Section 2 - Free Time Listening, impromptu speaking, pair exercises.
Class 4 Presentation 2 Deliver a prepared speech
Class 5 Chapter from Section 3 - Modern Times Listening, impromptu speaking, pair exercises.
Class 6 Presentation 3 Deliver a prepared speech
Class 7 Chapter from Section 4 - Civic Life Listening, impromptu speaking, pair exercises.
Class 8 Presentation 4 Deliver a prepared speech


Compelling Conversations, Roth

Reference books, course materials, etc.

English:English dictionary

Assessment criteria and methods

80 percent of the final grade will be on the four presentations with the final presentation being more heavily weighted.
The remaining 20 percent will be on class participation and effort.

Related courses

  • LAE.E213 : English 7

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