English 4 is designed to improve students’ English language skills for academic purposes and provide them with 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 lectures in English, speaking in front of an audience, and writing paragraphs and short essays.
There are two types of classes in English 4. RW classes focus on reading comprehension and skill in written composition, and LS classes focus on listening and oral expression.
Each student is assigned to a class and instructors for each class conduct the course using “Course description and aims”, “Student learning outcomes”, and “Keywords” as the basic framework.
By the end of this course, students will:
・ Have improved their English skills required for learning at university and for research activities
・ Be able to understand written and spoken materials correctly in diverse areas including international and intercultural issues, science, and technology
・ Be able to write paragraphs and short essays with unity and coherence
・ Have gained confidence in using English to state their opinions and improved their oral expression skills.
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|
Before the class
1. Complete your answer of the following sections.
I. LISTENING: 1. Key Word Study
II. READING: 1. Vocabulary Check; 2. Comprehension Questions; Grammar Check
+ Fill in your “Worksheet”
1. Check answers in ‘Vocabulary Practice’ + Go through your vocabulary list for ‘LISTENING’
in a small group
2. First listening to answer questions in ‘2 Listening Practice’
3. Second listening to fill in the blanks in the text.
3. Third listening (part) to check your answer.
4. Work on ‘Comprehension Checks’ in a small group
5. Check the answers together.
6. Check answers in ‘READING’ sections
7. Work on ‘DISCUSSION’ and prepare a short presentation in a small group
8. Give a presentation to your peers
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Lesson 6 + Effective visuals + References||Practice vocabulary and phrases on the unit topic; listen to and discuss the content|
|Class 2||Lesson 7 + Describe statistics||Practice vocabulary and phrases on the unit topic; listen to and discuss the content|
|Class 3||Lesson 8 + Presentation session (1)||Practice vocabulary and phrases on the unit topic; listen to and discuss the content|
|Class 4||Lesson 9 + Presentation session (2)||Practice vocabulary and phrases on the unit topic; listen to and discuss the content|
|Class 5||Lesson 10 + Presentation session (3)||Practice vocabulary and phrases on the unit topic; listen to and discuss the content|
|Class 6||Lesson 11 + Presentation session (4)||Practice vocabulary and phrases on the unit topic; listen to and discuss the content|
|Class 7||Final exam and review||Review the content learned in the quarter|
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.
AFP World News Report 4 (Seibido)
Handouts in class
- Mini-test: 20%
A mini-test consists of dictation, questions on vocabulary, and comprehension questions.
- 1 Listening trial: 35%
- Worksheets : 20%
- 1 Presentation assignment 25% (presentation performance and submission of the final version of the script)