The course further develops all four English skills (with a focus on speaking in the fourth Quarter) for students who are interested in studying for a year (or longer) abroad at the Graduate School. The course introduces students to a number of skills such as note-taking, presentation and debate etc. which will enable students to understand lectures and participate in seminars when they study abroad in an English-speaking environment.
- Students are able to grasp the overall contents of the lecture and conversation extracts and summarize their contents for the purpose of succeeding in the TOEFL test.
- Students are able to give presentations about the reading assignment for the class.
- Students answer questions in English clearly and fluently to other students in a classroom.
- Students are able to have debate about their specialist topics 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 Study-abroad, Communication, Four skills in English
|Specialist skills||✔ Intercultural skills||✔ Communication skills||Critical thinking skills||Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
This course focuses on developing TOEFL Reading and Writing skills. Each week, we will discuss a new topic, requiring students to actively participate in class activities, debates, and presentations, and developing students’ test taking strategies for the TOEFL iBT. Students are required to listen to and/or read assigned materials before class, preparing for focused discussions of their content. (Note: Syllabus is subject to change based on the level, needs, and actual number of students.)
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||1. Introduction to Course 2. Lesson 1 (Reading): Detail Questions and Referent Questions||identify course aims; acquire reading skills for the TOEFL|
|Class 2||1. Lesson 2 (Reading): Negative Fact Questions and Function Questions 2. Lesson 3 (Reading): Inference Questions and Vocabulary Questions||acquire reading skills for the TOEFL|
|Class 3||1. Lesson 4 (Reading): Sentence Summary Questions and Passage 2. Lesson 5 (Reading): Add Text Questions and Table Completion Questions 3. Review: Reading, Lessons 1-5||acquire reading skills for the TOEFL; consolidate, apply, and integrate skills, materials, and key concepts|
|Class 4||1. Midterm Exam (Reading) 2. Lesson 1 (Writing): Integrated Writing Task||demonstrate knowledge of class material; acquire reading and writing skills for the TOEFL|
|Class 5||Lesson 1 (Writing): Integrated Writing Task||acquire writing skills for the TOEFL|
|Class 6||Lesson 2 (Writing): Integrated Writing Task||acquire writing skills for the TOEFL|
|Class 7||1. Review: Writing, Lessons 1-2 2. Final Exam (Writing)||consolidate, apply, and integrate skills, materials, and key concepts; demonstrate effective writing skills for the TOEFL|
Skills for the TOEFL iBT Test: Reading and Writing. 2012. London: Collins. (ISBN: 978-0007460595)
Additional reading materials may be assigned throughout the term.
Class Participation: 25%
Homework and In-class Assignments: 25%
Midterm Exam: 25%
Final Exam: 25%
It is recommended that students take this course in sequence with TOEFL Seminar 15.
Attendance at the first class is compulsory for students planning to take this course.