2020 English 4 42-RW

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Koizumi Yuto 
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Course description and aims

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.

Student learning outcomes

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

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Writing through film analysis: learning some critical techniques of film analysis, students will write a long essay in English to learn media literacy.

Students will learn to construct a standard process paragraph and a whole essay. After each class, students will be required to finish a writing assignment with a chosen topic and be prepared to participate in a discussion next class. The final term paper will be necessary to submit at the end of the course.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 ntroduction to Film Analysis -Orientation: Goal, Concept etc. -Film Analysis Exercise 1. - OP (1) The Graduate (2) Backdraft -Film Analysis Exercise 2. - OP (1) Jackie Brown (2) Guardians of the Galaxy (1) Research: watch one/ two/three film(s) and do research on the one. (2) Writing: pick up an opening scene of a film and analyze it.
Class 2 Writing Film Analysis 1 -Characterization (1) Pulp Fiction (2)Sanjyuro (1) Research: Decide ONE film for the term paper. (2) Writing: a paragraph for character analysis
Class 3 Writing Film Analysis 2 -Gender Identity (1) Frozen Writing: a paragraph for gender / sound analysis
Class 4 Writing Film Analysis 3 -Political/Psychological Discussion (1) The Dark Knight Writing: a paragraph (political / psychological / object analysis)
Class 5 Writing Film Analysis 4 -Representation of “father” (1) Whiplash (2) Kingsman -“Read” the Title (1) Whiplash (2) The Silence of the Lambs (3) Juno Writing: Introduction & conclusion
Class 6 Writing Film Analysis 5 -Race identity (1) Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (2) Men in Black Writing: Complete the first draft
Class 7 Writing Film Analysis 6 Supplementary / Q&A Reflection -What Films Tell Us about the World Writing: Complete the final draft

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.


Handouts will be distributed.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Petersen, Mark. Practical use of English for Japanese.Tokyo: Iwanami-shinsyo; ISBN-13: 978-4004314202. (Japanese)

Assessment criteria and methods

-Essay assignment for each class: 30%
-Essay assignment: 70%

Related courses

  • LAE.E111 : English 1
  • LAE.E112 : English 2
  • LAE.E113 : English 3
  • LAE.E211 : English 5
  • LAE.E212 : English 6
  • LAE.E213 : English 7
  • LAE.E214 : English 8
  • LAE.E311 : English 9

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