2020 English 8 16-RW

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English language courses
Kiuchi Kumiko 
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Course description and aims

Based on English 7, English 8 is designed to improve students’ English language skills for academic purposes and provide them with more 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 English lectures, speaking before an audience, and developing skills to write paragraphs and short essays.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will:
・be able to express their ideas and opinions in classes confidently
・be able to write paragraphs or short essays
・be able to better understand academic lectures
・practice effective reading strategies


Four language skills, fostering international awareness, communication, 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

Students read a text and answer questions before coming to class. Students check answers in class and learn basics of academic writing.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction Summary writing Students learn how to draft a short summary of a text.
Class 2 Persuasion Students learn expressions for a persuasion essay.
Class 3 Argument Students learn how to make up an argument.
Class 4 Basic format of sci-tech academic writing Students learn the basics of sci-tech academic writing
Class 5 Peer-review of an essay plan Students practise their peer-review skills.
Class 6 Peer-review of an essay Students practise their peer-revie skills
Class 7 Practice of reading and writing Students review the overall content of the course.

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.


Handout in class

Reference books, course materials, etc.

To be instructed in class when necessary

Assessment criteria and methods

In-class activities including assignment and worksheet 25%, essay 35%, final Exam 40%

Related courses

  • LAE.E111 : English 1
  • 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.E311 : English 9

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