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.
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
|✔ Applicable||How instructors' work experience benefits the course|
|An instructor with work experience as a performer will provide hands-on experience in the performing arts, based on practice in the field that fosters critical thinking and encourages creativity and self-expression.|
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||1. Introduction to Course 2. Unit 1: Work||identify course aims; acquire vocabulary, phrases, and concepts relevant for discussing work|
|Class 2||1. Unit 1: Work 2. How to write a paragraph and cite sources||acquire vocabulary, phrases, and concepts relevant for discussing work; learn how to write a paragraph and cite sources|
|Class 3||1. Unit 2: Student Issues 2. Draft of writing assignment due + Peer-critique||acquire vocabulary, phrases, and concepts relevant for discussing student issues; learn how to give constructive feedback to peers|
|Class 4||1. Unit 2: Student Issues 2. Overview of TOEFL ITP 3. Feedback on writing assignment||acquire vocabulary, phrases, and concepts relevant for discussing student issues and the TOEFL ITP; receive feedback on assignment|
|Class 5||1. Quiz 2. Unit 3: Money||demonstrate knowledge of course material; acquire vocabulary, phrases, and concepts relevant for discussing money|
|Class 6||1. Unit 3: Money 2. Unit 4: Etiquette||acquire vocabulary, phrases, and concepts relevant for discussing money and etiquette|
|Class 7||1. Review of Material 2. Final Project (Group Presentation)||consolidate key concepts from units 1-4; articulate ideas and opinions on issues; deliver a group presentation|
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.
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: 20%
Homework and In-class Assignments: 20%
Writing Assignment: 20%
Final Project (Group Presentation and Paper): 25%