2019 TOEFL Seminar 15 1

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English language courses
Anno Mariko 
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Course description and aims

The course further develops all four English skills (with a focus on Listening in the third Quarter and on speaking in the fourth quarter) for students who are interested in studying for a year (or longer) abroad at the Graduate School. The course introduces students to a number of skills such as note-taking, presentation and debate etc. which will enable students to understand lectures and participate in seminars when they study abroad in an English-speaking environment.

Student learning outcomes

- Students are able to grasp the overall contents of the lecture and conversation extracts and summarize their contents for the purpose of succeeding in the TOEFL test.
- Students are able to give presentations about the reading assignment for the class.
- Students answer questions in English clearly and fluently to other students in a classroom.
- Students are able to have debate about their specialist topics in English.


TOEFL Study-abroad, Communication, Four skills in English

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Each week, we will discuss a new topic, requiring students to actively participate in class activities, debates, and presentations, and developing students’ test taking strategies for the TOEFL iBT. Students are required to listen to and/or read assigned materials 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

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction to course Lesson 1: Main Idea Questions and Detail Questions (Listening) Identify course aims. Acquire listening skills for the TOEFL.
Class 2 Lesson 2: Purpose Questions and Inference Questions (Listening) Acquire listening skills for the TOEFL.
Class 3 Lesson 3: Function Questions and Attitude Questions (Listening) Acquire listening skills for the TOEFL.
Class 4 Lesson 4: Organization Questions and Connecting Content Questions (Listening) Acquire listening skills for the TOEFL.
Class 5 Midterm Exam Lesson 1, 2: Independent Questions (Speaking) Demonstrate knowledge of class materials. Acquire speaking skills for the TOEFL.
Class 6 Lesson 3, 4: Integrated Questions (Speaking) Acquire speaking skills for the TOEFL.
Class 7 Lesson 5, 6: Integrated Questions (Speaking) Acquire speaking skills for the TOEFL.
Class 8 Review of Material Final Exam Consolidation, application, and integration of skills, materials, and key concepts. Demonstrate effective speaking skills for the TOEFL.


Skills for the TOEFL iBT Test: Listening and Speaking. 2012. London: Collins. (ISBN: 978-0007460601)

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Additional reading materials may be assigned throughout the term.

Assessment criteria and methods

Class Participation: 25%
Homework and In-class Assignments: 25%
Midterm Exam: 25%
Final Exam: 25%

Related courses

  • LAE.E454 : TOEFL Seminar 16

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It is recommended that students take this course in sequence with TOEFL Seminar 16.
Attendance at the first class is compulsory for students planning to take this course.

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