2018 English 4 15-RW

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English language courses
Koizumi Yuto 
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Course description and aims

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.

Student learning outcomes

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

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Students will learn to construct a standard process paragraph and a whole essay. After each class, students will be required to finish a writing assignment with a chosen topic and be prepared to participate in a discussion next class. The final term paper will be necessary to submit at the end of the course.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction: what is essay writing? How to analyse and develop a topic Mapping ideas
Class 2 Paragraph: a topic sentence and supporting details Writing a paragraph
Class 3 Paragraphs: transition words Organizing paragraphs
Class 4 Introduction Writing an introduction paragraph
Class 5 Conclusion Writing a conclusion paragraph
Class 6 Citation Citing an article
Class 7 First draft Revising the first draft
Class 8 Final review and submitting the term paper None


Handouts will be distributed.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Petersen, Mark. Practical use of English for Japanese.Tokyo: Iwanami-shinsyo; ISBN-13: 978-4004314202. (Japanese)

Assessment criteria and methods

-In-class performance: 30%
-Essay assignment: 70%

Related courses

  • LAE.E113 : English 3

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