To give students a chance to discuss the most current news and social issues in Japan and other countries, to encourage interest in world events, to see events from a global perspective, and improve general English communication skills.
Listening, speaking, reading, and writing related to current events, news topics, and social issues; global thinking; communication skills; development and expression of opinions; research in English.
Students will be given all the necessary materials.
Most important will be steady attendance and a sincere effort to actively participate in the class no matter what your level of English.
Attendance; careful and thoughtful preparation for class discussions; active participation; semester report.
１． This course is conducted entirely in English and ２． will give students further practice in research ３． and communication skills developed in English Communication I. Current events, news, and ４． social issues are used as a basis for reading, listening, discussion, and writing in English. ５． Students will be encouraged to examine issues in ６． a broader context to obtain a global perspective. Skills we will work on include reading and ７． listening for main points, summarization, ８． opinionating, paraphrasing, discussion dynamics. Students will watch video material and use the ９． internet to acquire background information on 10． issues. They will also be given extensive printed materials with comprehension questions and 11． vocabulary building exercises. Final report will be 12． in teams of 4-5 students who will prepare a presentation on a global issue. Efforts will 13． be made to clear up persistent language / grammar problems and to 14． give students individual help with their English. 15． Homework each week to reinforce skills.
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