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Academic unit or major
English language courses
Instructor(s)
Stoneburgh Mark 
Course component(s)
Exercise
Mode of instruction
ZOOM
Day/Period(Room No.)
Thr1-2(H116)  
Group
22
Course number
LAE.E112
Credits
1
Academic year
2020
Offered quarter
2Q
Syllabus updated
2020/9/18
Lecture notes updated
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Language used
Japanese
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Course description and aims

English 2 follows English 1 to solidify the foundational skills for effective communication in English as well as to foster 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 communication 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 solid base on which students can build toward a higher level of communication competence specifically in an English language environment. The base is, as mentioned in "Course description and aims" of English 1, 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.

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:
・Strengthen practical English abilities that are required for learning at university and for research activities both in Japan and abroad
・Be able to accurately 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
・Be able to write their own short paragraphs with a clear purpose
・Be able to state their opinions with good organization

Keywords

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

This class is designed to be a very student centered/interactive class with students discussing and debating various topics. New vocabulary and grammar will be routinely introduced to enable students to articulate ideas more clearly and to facilitate discussion. Students will be expected to work in pairs and groups and presentations will be incorporated into class activities.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Technology : Appropriate “Technology” vocabulary and expressions will be taught. Conversation questions (handouts) regarding “Technology ” will be incorporated. Fluency/vocabulary/listening/Presenting
Class 2 Business and Work : Appropriate “Business and Work ” vocabulary and expressions will be taught. Conversation questions (handouts) regarding “Business and Work ” will be incorporated. Fluency/vocabulary/listening/Presenting
Class 3 Entertainment: Appropriate “Entertainment” vocabulary and expressions will be taught. Conversation questions (handouts) regarding “Entertainmet ” will be incorporated. Fluency/vocabulary/listening/Presenting
Class 4 If (conditionals) : Appropriate “If (conditionals)” vocabulary and expressions will be taught. Conversation questions (handouts) regarding “If (conditionals)” will be incorporated. Fluency/vocabulary/listening/Presenting
Class 5 America : Appropriate “America” vocabulary and expressions will be taught. Conversation questions (handouts) regarding “America ” will be incorporated. Students will be put into groups and choose a “America’ topic to present. Fluency/vocabulary/listening/Presenting
Class 6 Students will present (in groups) “America” presentations to the class, along with questions/answers. Fluency/vocabulary/listening/Presenting
Class 7 Opinions: Students will work in pairs and discuss their opinions on various topics. Exam. Fluency/vocabulary/listening/Presenting

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.

Textbook(s)

Handouts

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Handouts

Assessment criteria and methods

Participation-50%
Quizzes-30%
Final Presentation-20%

Related courses

  • LAE.E111 : English 1
  • 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

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

None

Other

Please have access to an English/Japanese dictionary in class.

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