2021 English 8 16-RW

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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

For each class, students are expected to read a passage and answer questions about the passage.

The class is divided into two parts. In the first part, students discuss their answers in a group. Then, they will check the answers together in class. In the second part, the tutor delivers a mini-lecture on a topic of the class and students work on some exercises.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Register & Chapter 7 Students understand the concept of register in English.
Class 2 Definition and description & Chapter 8 Students learn how and where to use definition and description in academic essays.
Class 3 Discussion & Chapter 9 Students learn how to write a discussion-type essay in English.
Class 4 Argument & Chapter 10 Students learn how to write an argument-type essay in English.
Class 5 Scientific essay writing & Chapter 11 Students learn the basics of scientific writing in English.
Class 6 Group discussion on your essay topic & Chapter 12 Students review the overall content of the course.
Class 7 Peer-critique of the essay & Final exam Peer-critique of your essay

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.


Topics for Today - Level 5, 5/e, Lorraine C. Smith, Nancy Nici Mare. ISBN: 978-1-305-58000-8

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Assessment criteria and methods

Assignment in class: 30%
Essay writing: 30%
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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