English Communication

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LecturerChikako MATSUSHITA, Associate Professor
DepartmentInstitute of Liberal Arts & Sciences, 2018 Fall
Related departmentSchool of Letters / Graduate School of Letters
Recommended for:Freshmen and sophomores (21.5 hrs / session, One session / week, 15 weeks / sem.)

English Communication 1

Course Aims

Students taking this course perform an English play. Through making scenarios and reciting lines, students will improve their English skills actively and enjoyably. The aim of this class is not only to get used to speaking English and to develop the expressive verbal ability, but also to cultivate cooperation and creativity through making a play with the group members.

Key Features

Respect student autonomy

I basically leave things to students' autonomy. I let each group choose the company name and do things by themselves as a theatrical company. The leaders who are chosen by the group members take responsibility to the progress of discussions. In addition, each group has a secretary and an accountant. Each student takes responsibility to each role.

Promote communication

Each group makes a list of members. It helps group members make contact with each other outside the classroom. If there is a student who does not show up in the classroom for several weeks, one of the group members make contact with him/her and encourage him/her to come to the class. Usually, many of the groups get together outside the classroom and practice their play before the final week. Students can send emails to me to make a reservation for using a studio at anytime.

Keep a record

Each group prepares a notebook and the secretary keeps records of the class activities. It includes attendance sheet and an account book to keep receits and expenses. Each group needs to hand in the notebook in the end of each class. By checking the notebooks, I grasp what each group is doing. I write some comments and give it back to each group in the beginning of the each class meeting. ###Student's Accomplishments

Student's Accomplishments


Theater company Gestalt collapse

Theater company KAIYAS


Theater company ff


The contents of this course

In this course, students are divided into three groups. Then each group makes an English play and put it on the stage. This course begins with writing a script in English and then improves English ability through memorizing lines and having a rehearsal. In rehearsals, students cultivate not only the natural English pronunciation, intonation and rhythms, but also the skills of expressing their feelings in English though acting the characters with various emotional attitudes in the play. Moreover, students prepare for costumes, sound effects, light effect, stage settings and properties in order to make the plays have presence and be genuine as much as possible. In the final week of this course, the plays from three groups are going to be on stage. In the end, we are going to decide by vote the prizes for the best leading actor/actress, the best supporting actor/actress, the clearest pronunciation, the best script, the best direction and the best play and make an award ceremony for those prizes.


Copies are distributed to students in class.

Course Schedule

Session Contents (classroom)
1 Dividing students into three groups (classroom)
2 The theme of a play (classroom)
3 The outline of a play (classroom)
4 Making scenes (classroom)
5 Completing a Japanese version of a script (classroom)
6 Making an English version of a script (classroom)
7 Practicing own lines (classroom)
8 Stage lightings (studio)
9 Stage rehearsal (studio/classroom)
10 Stage rehearsal (studio/classroom)
11 Stage rehearsal (studio/classroom)
12 Rehearsal (studio/classroom)
13 Rehearsal (studio/classroom)
14 Performance (studio)

Lecture Handouts

All files are in Japanese.

Session 1

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Session 4

Session 5

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Session 7

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Session 9

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Session 11

Session 12

Session 13


English play scenario

  • Write the first draft of a scenario (7 pages, A4 size paper, double spaced) and turn it in on the 7th week.
  • Revise it after the instructor's correction and turn in the final draft on the 9th week.


  • Make a flyer (A4 size paper).
  • Include the group name, the title of the play, the cast, the outline of the story, some illustrations and etc.
  • Make the 25 copies of this flyer and distribute them to other groups.


Students are given grades depending on your plays. As a general rule, all your group members get the same grade.

Last updated

April 25, 2020