• English Communication (Thur. 1)

     

    COURSE DESCRIPTION:

    This course is for BEGINNER level students. We will study old pop melodies (due to copyright issues) by international artists. Understanding natural, spoken English is often a challenge for Japanese students, and these enjoyable, catchy songs aptly demonstrate the confusing "sound changes" that occur in everyday speech. By the end of the course, students will have mastered several such sound changes and will not only be able to comprehend spoken English better but have more natural-sounding pronunciation as well.

     

     

    SPRING

    04.11: Orientation + Syllabus

    04.18: Intro + Photo Session + Warm-up

    04.26: Task_01 + Enya

    05.09: Task_02 + Carpenters

    05.16: Task_03 + Ben E. King

    05.23: Task_04 + Elton John

    05.30: Task_05 + Aerosmith

    06.06: Task_06 + Mariah Carey

    06.13: Check-in Class: On Your Own

    06.20: Task_07 + Back Street Boys

    06.27: Task_08 + NSYNC

    07.04: Test Info & Preparation

    07.11: Final Test (oral)

    07.18: Final Test Continued (oral)

     

    AUTUMN

    09.26: Orientation + Syllabus

    10.03: Intro + Photo

    10.10: Task_10 + Stevie Wonder

    10.17: Task_11 + Carpenters

    10.24: Task_12 + Eric Clapton

    10.31: Task_13 + W.Houston

    11.14: Task _14 + Diana Ross

    11.21: Task _15 +John Lennon

    11.28: Task_16 + Celine Dion

    12.05: Task_17 + Michael Bolton

    12.12: Task _18 + Vanessa Williams

    12.19: Test Preparation

    01.09.2020: Oral Test & Tongue Twister / WebSurvey

    01.16.2020: Oral Test & Tongue Twister / WebSurvey

     

     

    EVALUATION

    Grades will be decided on a balanced performance in the following areas: Student presentation, weekly in-class task, attendance, and paper review.

     

    COMMENTS:

    This a VERY BASIC CLASS, and due to university regulations having to do with grade inflation, No “S" and “ A" grades will be given. As a general rule, students who complete this course will be awarded credit and the grade "C."

     

    TEXTBOOK

    Hit Parade Listening (2nd or 3rd Edition), by Kumai and Timson, Macmillan LanguageHouse, 2010.

     

     

  • Science English (Thursday 2)

     

    DESCRIPTION & OBJECTIVES:

     

    [This course is for INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED level students.] The area explored in this course will be the outcome of the Rio+20 Summit (with an emphasis on science and innovation): The Sustainable Development Goals. SDGs is a historic declaration ratified by 193 UN Member States outlining the goals and targets from 2016 to 2030. Your learning objectives for this course should be that by the end of the semester you should: (a) have become familiar with the broad contours of SDGs; (b) understand, appreciate, and assimilate information having to do with paths towards global prosperity, human well-being and a healthy planet; (c) have increased your vocabulary; and (d) have expanded your worldview.

     

    Further details are HERE.

     

    09.26 Orientation [New Room: 206]

    10.03 Overview of SDGs + Introduction

    10.10 End Poverty For All (1) 

    10.17 Zero Hunger (2)

    10.24 Good Health and Well-Being (3) 

    10.31 Responsible Consumption (12)

    11.14 Presentation Preparation

    11.21 Student Presentation

    11.28 Student Presentation

    12.05 Student Presentation

    12.12 Student Presentation

    12.19 Student Presentation

    01.16.2020: Student Presentation

    01.16.2020: Review + Final Reports Due / WebSurvey

     

    PRESENTATION FORMAT SUGGESTION:

    Introduction / Connection with other SDGs / What is the Problem or Issue / So what? / Solutions / Conclusion

     

    TIPS:

    When showing a video, give an overview (a quick summary) first, so people know what to expect). CHOOSE MATERIAL THAT MOVES THE HEART, NOT JUST THE HEAD. Let people know the video length, too. If you want, you can make handouts, give a quiz, play a game, introduce music, perform a skit, have classmates come to the front of the room to demonstrate something, etc. Do things that make your talk engaging and helps get your point across. Give your presentation variety, visually and aurally. You can plant "helpers" in the audience if you think that's necessary. Include your sources for any charts. Be uptempo, don't sag unless it's deliberate. Rehearse a million times and make sure your computer will show any video in large screen mode without interruption. Have multiple back-up plans in case things don't go as planned.

     

    WARNING:

    If you do not come on the day of your presentation without a valid excuse (official letter from a doctor which will be verified), you will not pass this course.

     

    REPORT: On or before the last day of class, everyone must submit a written essay/report (in English, of course). Your assignment is to select one or more of the 17 SDGs and come up with an original solution to the problem(s). It is OK if the 'how' is not completely solid; what is essential is the thought that went into the solution and your ingenuity. Your paper should be between five and ten pages long. Quality is more important than quantity.

     

    COMMENTS:

    Students are expected to come to class with a positive attitude and a willingness to express themselves in English. Student numbers will be limited due to classroom size and course content.

     

    GRADES:

    Grades will be decided on a balanced performance in the following areas: In-class papers, the presentation, and the final report.

     

    TEXTBOOK:

    None.