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Kiuchi Kumiko 
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Course description and aims

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.

Student learning outcomes

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

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

(1) Students complete a weekly assignment before the class; (2) Students check answers of the assignment in a small group; (3) Students listen to the tutor's lecture on the assignment. (4) students work on listening and speaking exercises related to the reading assignment; (5) Students listen to a short lecture for the next assignment.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 - Introduction to the course - Getting to know each other Have an overview of the course Learn some expressions to strike a conversation
Class 2 - Unit 1 - Reading out & Q&A (practice) Understand the content of unit 1 Practise and improve elocution skills
Class 3 - Unit 5 - Paraphrasing Understand the content of Unit 5 Learn how to paraphrase and summarise a
Class 4 - Unit 9 - Group-making Understand the content of Unit 9 Learn how to use effective visuals in the
Class 5 - Unit 13 - Prepare your group presentation Understand the content of Unit 13 Prepare a group presentation
Class 6 Group presentation session (1) Give a group presentation, receive feedback for further improvement.
Class 7 - Final exam - Group presentation session (2) Give a group presentation, receive feedback for further improvement.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

To be announced in class.

Assessment criteria and methods

- Exams 40%
- Presentation 30% (Presentation draft and Powerpoint slide)
- Worksheets and assignment 30% (Worksheets of listening assignments and for the presentation, homework)

Related courses

  • LAE.E112 : English 2
  • LAE.E113 : English 3
  • LAE.E114 : English 4
  • LAE.E211 : English 5
  • LAE.E212 : English 6
  • LAE.E213 : English 7
  • LAE.E214 : English 8
  • LAE.E311 : English 9

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