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Course description and aims

English 1 defines and solidifies the foundational skills for effective communication in English as well as fosters international awareness, as both are typically required in the globally expanding domain of scientific and technological research activities. It also prepares students to study or do research abroad in the future. Students are assigned training exercises that cover the four language skills — reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The reading and listening materials include topics such as international and intercultural issues as well as the fundamentals of science and technology. Practice exercises in writing and speaking are provided so that students can develop confidence and competence to participate in discussions and conferences where opinions are exchanged through both text and speech. TOEFL-type exercise problems are also used in the course.

This course aims to establish a base on which students can build toward a higher level of communication competence specifically in an English language environment. The base is composed of three elements: (1) identifying relevant information accurately, (2) exercising fair judgement to form a valid opinion, and (3) stating opinions clearly and persuasively. English 1 covers these three elements, and the communication abilities acquired will help students in the future when they have to assume positions of responsibility in group activities.

Each student is assigned to a group led by an instructor. Instructors for each group conduct the course using the "Course description and aims" and "Student learning outcomes" as the basic framework. "Class direction," "Course schedule," and other information below explain the features of each class.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will:
・Become aware of the degree to which practical English abilities are required for learning at university and for research activities both in Japan and abroad
・Be able to grasp the main ideas and arguments of written and spoken materials in diverse areas including international and intercultural issues, science, and technology
・Have increased their knowledge of effective vocabulary and expressions to actively communicate their ideas and opinions in English
・Have gained confidence in using English to state their opinions
・Be able to understand the structural characteristics of good paragraphs and write their own short paragraphs with unity and coherence


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

This class is designed to be a very student centered/interactive class with students discussing and debating various topics. New vocabulary and grammar will be routinely introduced to enable students to articulate ideas more clearly and to facilitate discussion. Students will be expected to work in pairs and groups and presentations will be incorporated into class activities.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Orientation Student Introductions Fluency/vocabulary/listening/Presenting
Class 2 Personal data : Appropriate “Personal Data” vocabulary and expressions will be taught. Conversation questions (handouts) regarding “Personal Data ” will be incorporated. Fluency/vocabulary/listening/Presenting
Class 3 Hometown : Appropriate “Hometown” vocabulary and expressions will be taught. Conversation questions (handouts) regarding “Hometown ” will be incorporated. Fluency/vocabulary/listening/Presenting
Class 4 Education : Appropriate “Education’ vocabulary and expressions will be taught. Conversation questions (handouts) regarding “Education” will be incorporated. Fluency/vocabulary/listening/Presenting
Class 5 Social Issues: Appropriate “Social Issues” vocabulary and expressions will be taught. Conversation questions (handouts) regarding “social issues ” will be incorporated. Students will be put into groups and choose a “Social issues’ topic to present. Fluency/vocabulary/listening/
Class 6 Students will work together and prepare their presentations “social Issues” presentations. Fluency/vocabulary/listening/
Class 7 Presentations Questions and Answers Fluency/vocabulary/listening/
Class 8 Presentations Questions and Answers Fluency/vocabulary/listening/



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Assessment criteria and methods

Final Presentation-20%

Related courses

  • LAE.E112 : English 2
  • LAE.E113 : English 3
  • LAE.E114 : English 4
  • LAE.E211 : English 5
  • LAE.E212 : English 6
  • LAE.E213 : English 7
  • LAE.E214 : English 8
  • LAE.E311 : English 9

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Please have access to an English/Japanese dictionary in class.

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