English 2 follows English 1 to solidify the foundational skills for effective communication in English as well as to foster international awareness, as both are typically required in the globally expanding domain of scientific and technological research activities. It also prepares students to study or do research abroad in the future. Students are assigned training exercises that cover the four language skills — reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The reading and listening materials include topics such as international and intercultural issues as well as the fundamentals of science and technology. Practice exercises in writing and speaking are provided so that students can develop communication competence to participate in discussions and conferences where opinions are exchanged through both text and speech. TOEFL-type exercise problems are also used in the course.
This course aims to establish a solid base on which students can build toward a higher level of communication competence specifically in an English language environment. The base is, as mentioned in "Course description and aims" of English 1, composed of three elements: (1) identifying relevant information accurately, (2) exercising fair judgement to form a valid opinion, and (3) stating opinions clearly and persuasively.
Each student is assigned to a group led by an instructor. Instructors for each group conduct the course using the "Course description and aims" and "Student learning outcomes" as the basic framework. "Class direction," "Course schedule," and other information below explain the features of each class.
By the end of this course, students will:
・Strengthen practical English abilities that are required for learning at university and for research activities both in Japan and abroad
・Be able to accurately grasp the main ideas and arguments of written and spoken materials in diverse areas including international and intercultural issues, science, and technology
・Have increased their knowledge of effective vocabulary and expressions to actively communicate their ideas and opinions in English
・Be able to write their own short paragraphs with a clear purpose
・Be able to state their opinions with good organization
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|
Students are required to read a passage in the textbook, solve exercise problems and submit the answers to the instructor before each class. The instructor will explain the key points of each unit, useful expressions, grammar and answers to the exercise problems in class. The class activity will also include discussion, writing and viewing news videos in English.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Introduction / paragraph writing||to read the passage in Unit 6 and solve the exercise problems|
|Class 2||Unit 6: Doctors "grow" ear for transplant in patient's forearm||to read the passage in Unit 7 and solve the exercise problems|
|Class 3||Unit 7: A German grocery chain is selling first-of-its-kind "no-kill" eggs||to read the passage in Unit 8 and solve the exercise problems|
|Class 4||Unit 8: Why scientists want to engineer spicy tomatoes||to read the passage in Unit 9 and solve the exercise problems|
|Class 5||Unit 9: Children are susceptible to robot peer pressure||to read the passage in Unit 10 and solve the exercise problems|
|Class 6||Unit 10: British doctors may soon prescribe art, music, dance, singing lessons||to review the overall content of the course|
|Class 7||Review||term paper|
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.
Science at Hand: Articles from Smithsonian Magazine's Smart News, Keiko Miyamoto, Kinseido.
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary
Activities in class 40%
Term paper 20%