This course is for students who have already studied for or taken the TOEFL test but hope to raise their score. It trains students' English skills in English with special focus on listening and speaking. It also introduces them to basic academic vocabulary and expressions useful for studying abroad for a short period of time.
By the end of the course students will be able to understand a few-minute speech or conversation discussing academic topics and to explain its main points and some details in English.
|✔ 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.|
TOEFL 留学 コミュニケーション スピーキング力（発話力） リスニング力（聴解力）
|Specialist skills||✔ Intercultural skills||✔ Communication skills||✔ Critical thinking skills||Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
Students are required to complete the listening, speaking, and/or vocabulary assignments before class preparing for focused discussions of their content. Each week, we will discuss a new topic, requiring the students to actively participate in class activities, debates, and presentations, while developing the students' test taking skills for the TOEFL iBT. (Note: Syllabus is subject to change based on the levels, needs, and actual number of students.)
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||1. Introduction to Course 2. Ch. 1: Main Idea Questions (Listening)||identify course aims; acquire listening skills for the TOEFL|
|Class 2||1. Ch. 1: Main Idea Questions (Listening) 2. Ch. 2: Detail Questions (Listening)||acquire listening skills for the TOEFL|
|Class 3||1. Ch. 2: Detail Questions (Listening) 2. Speaking Strategy: Independent Questions||acquire listening and speaking skills for the TOEFL|
|Class 4||Speaking Strategy: Independent Questions||acquire speaking skills for the TOEFL|
|Class 5||1. Midterm Exam (Listening) 2. Ch. 3: Function Questions (Listening)||demonstrate knowledge of class material; acquire listening skills for the TOEFL|
|Class 6||1. Ch. 4: Stance Questions (Listening) 2. Speaking Strategy: Integrated Questions||acquire listening and speaking skills for the TOEFL|
|Class 7||1. Review of Material 2. Final Presentation (Speaking)||consolidate, apply, and integrate skills, materials, and key concepts; demonstrate effective speaking skills for the TOEFL|
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.
Edmunds, Paul, Nancie McKinnon, and Jeff Zeter. 2009. Developing Skills for the TOEFL iBT, Intermediate, Listening. Second edition. Compass Publishing. (ISBN: 978-59966-353-1)
Additional reading materials and handouts will be distributed throughout the term.
TED Talks https://www.ted.com/
TED, VOA and NPR provide video transcripts.
Scientific American (video and podcasts “60-second science”) http://www.scientificamerican.com/
National Geographic http://www.nationalgeographic.com/
Class Participation: 25%
Homework and In-class Assignments: 25%
Midterm Exam: 25%
Final Presentation: 25%
It is recommended that students take this course in sequence with TOEFL Seminar (Listening and Speaking) 6.
Attendance at the first class is compulsory for students planning to take this course.