2019 English 6 23-RW

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Harada Daisuke 
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Course description and aims

Based on English 5, English 6 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, 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 The Method (1) : Reading a Method, Rhetorical functions and structure, Justification / Language of the Method: Topic sentences, compiling information Textbook, pp. 95-116
Class 2 The Method (2): Tasks / Checklist Textbook, pp. 95-116
Class 3 The Results (1): Reading a Results, Rhetorical functions and structure / Language of the Results: Identifying and reporting trends, Using Figures & Tables Textbook, pp.117-146
Class 4 The Results (2): Tasks / Checklist Textbook, pp.117-146
Class 5 Discussion (1): Reading a Discussion, Rhetorical functions and structure / Language of the Discussion: Hedging, causal language, and expressing proof Textbook, pp. 147-168
Class 6 Discussion (2) : Tasks / Checklist Textbook, pp. 147-168
Class 7 Titles and Abstracts (1): Titles: Identifying variables, relationships, and main result of application / Abstracts: Summarizing elements of an Abstract Textbook, pp. 169-182
Class 8 Titles and Abstracts (2): Tasks / Checklist Final Examination Textbook, pp. 169-182 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.E211 : English 5
  • LAE.E213 : English 7
  • LAE.E214 : English 8
  • LAE.E311 : English 9

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