English 2 follows English 1 to solidify the foundational skills for effective communication in English as well as to foster 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 communication 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 solid base on which students can build toward a higher level of communication competence specifically in an English language environment. The base is, as mentioned in "Course description and aims" of English 1, 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.
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:
・Strengthen practical English abilities that are required for learning at university and for research activities both in Japan and abroad
・Be able to accurately 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
・Be able to write their own short paragraphs with a clear purpose
・Be able to state their opinions with good organization
Four language skills, fostering international awareness, communication skills, studying abroad, TOEFL
|Specialist skills||✔ Intercultural skills||✔ Communication skills||Critical thinking skills||Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
Attendance is taken at each class. Students are required to listen to, read assigned materials, and complete assignments before class, preparing for focused discussions of their content. (Note: Syllabus is subject to change based on the level, needs, and actual number of students.)
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Introduction to course Unit 5: Food||Identify course aims. Acquire vocabulary, phrases, and concepts relevant for discussing food.|
|Class 2||Unit 5: Food||Acquire vocabulary, phrases, and concepts relevant for discussing food.|
|Class 3||Unit 6: Heroes||Acquire vocabulary, phrases, and concepts relevant for discussing heroes.|
|Class 4||Unit 6: Heroes||Acquire vocabulary, phrases, and concepts relevant for discussing heroes.|
|Class 5||Midterm Test Unit 7: Health||Demonstrate knowledge of course material. Acquire vocabulary, phrases, and concepts relevant for discussing health.|
|Class 6||Unit 7: Health||Acquire vocabulary, phrases, and concepts relevant for discussing health.|
|Class 7||Unit 8: Endangered Cultures||Acquire vocabulary, phrases, and concepts relevant for discussing endangered cultures.|
|Class 8||Review of material Final Project||Consolidation of vocabulary and key concepts from Units 5-8. Articulate ideas and opinions on issues. Deliver a group presentation.|
Mills, Robin L., and Laurie L Frazier. 2014. NorthStar: Listening & Speaking, Level 2. Fourth Edition. White Plains, New York: Pearson Education. (ISBN: 978-0134049793)
Additional reading materials may be assigned throughout the term.
Class Participation, 25%
Homework and In-class Assignments, 20%
Midterm Test, 25%
Final Project: Group Presentation and Paper, 30%