2019 English 5 23-RW

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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

The goal is to learn the basic style according to which scientific reports and essays are constructed in English. Much work is necessary to cover the textbook to the full. It means--for each unit in the textbook, students are required to read the unit and solve the exercise problems before coming to class.

The instructor (1) clarifies the essential points of the unit, (2) shows how to approach the exercise problems, and (3) asks students to read and/or construct paragraphs on a given topic using the points of the day.
Homework assignments include paragraph writing as well as reading-comprehension exercises. Homework is reviewed by the instructor.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Course Overview / How Scientists Communicate: Exploring science journals / Peer review / Formatting Textbook, pp. 1-14
Class 2 Introduction to Scientific Papers: Understanding genre, audience, and purpose Introduction to IMRaD / The scientific register Textbook, pp. 15-34
Class 3 Scientific Method (1) : Building a hypothesis / Designing an experiment Textbook, pp. 35-54
Class 4 Scientific Method (2) : Tasks / Comprehension check Textbook, pp. 35-54
Class 5 Background Research (1): Identifying general truth, facts, and opinions/ Citations & Referencing / Paraphrasing, Writing References, Finding sources Textbook, pp. 55-76
Class 6 Background Research (2) : Tasks / Checklist Textbook, pp. 55-76
Class 7 The Introduction (1): Reading an Introduction, Rhetorical functions and structure / Language of the Introduction: Tense, voice, pronouns, linking / Tasks Textbook, pp. 77-94
Class 8 The Introduction (2) : Checklist Final Test Textbook, pp. 77-94 Integrated Exercise


Active English for Science. ALESS Program, The University of Tokyo, Komaba. University of Tokyo Press, 2012.

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Assessment criteria and methods

Activities in class: 20%
Assignments: 30%
Final exam: 50%

Related courses

  • LAE.E111 : English 1
  • LAE.E112 : English 2
  • LAE.E113 : English 3
  • LAE.E114 : English 4
  • LAE.E212 : English 6
  • LAE.E213 : English 7
  • LAE.E214 : English 8
  • LAE.E311 : English 9

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