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.
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
|Intercultural skills||Communication skills||Specialist skills||Critical thinking skills||Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
For each unit in the textbook:
・Students are required to read the unit and do the exercises before coming to class.
・The instructor (1) clarifies the essential points of the unit, (2) shows how to approach the exercises, and (3) asks students to construct a short paragraph on a given topic using the points of the day and present it orally or in writing to the class.
Homework assignments include paragraph writing and TOEFL iBT-style reading comprehension exercises. Homework is reviewed by the instructor.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||What is academic English? / Basic figures / Practice for clear pronunciation||Basic expressions about plain and solid figures|
|Class 2||Classifying / The Composition of Matter / Exercises in Listening and Reading||Passages and exercises in Unit 1|
|Class 3||Comparing / The Elements / Exercises in Listening and Reading||Passages and exercises in Unit 2|
|Class 4||Introduction to TOEFL--its aim, format, and exercise||TOEFL-iBT type exercise problems|
|Class 5||Cause and Effect / Color, Light, and Sound / Exercises in Listening and Reading||Passages and exercises in Unit 3|
|Class 6||Hypothesizing / Motion and Gravity / Exercises in Listening and Reading||Passages and exercises in Unit 4|
|Class 7||Definition / Energy / Exercises in Listening and Reading||Passages and exercises in Unit 5|
|Class 8||Review and Final examination||Overall exercise in vocabulary, grammar, and passage construction|
Fran Zimmerman (2004) English for Science, Nan'undo, 4-523-17458-X.
To be announced in class
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%