2018 English 5 33-LS

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Harada Daisuke 
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Course description and aims

English 5 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 skills, studying abroad, TOEFL

Competencies that will be developed

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

・For each lesson, students are required to watch the video, read the transcript and the passage, and solve the exercise problems before coming to class.
・The instructor (1) clarifies the essential points, (2) shows solutions to the exercise problems, and (3) has students construct a short paragraph on a given topic using the points of the day and present it orally or in writing to the class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Lesson 1 Global Warming and Climate Change Textbook, pp. 7-12
Class 2 Lesson 2 Diet and Health for Long Lives Textbook, pp. 13-18
Class 3 Lesson 3 Self-Driving for the Future Textbook, pp. 19-24
Class 4 Lesson 4 Sustaining Biodiversity and Protecting Species Textbook, pp. 25-30
Class 5 Lesson 5 3D Printers for Creating Body Parts Textbook, pp. 31-36
Class 6 Lesson 6 IT and Education Textbook, pp. 37-42
Class 7 Lesson 7 Protection from Natural Disasters Textbook, pp. 43-48
Class 8 Review and Final Examination Overall exercise in vocabulary, grammar, and passage construction


Shishido, Murphy, and Takahashi, AFP World Focus --Environment, Health, and Technology -- (Seibido, 2017)

Reference books, course materials, etc.

To be announced in class.

Assessment criteria and methods

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%

Related courses

  • LAE.E212 : English 6

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