|Lecturer||Kimi AKITA, Associate Professor|
|Department||Institute of Liberal Arts & Sciences, 2016 Fall|
|Recommended for:||School of Agricultural Sciences 1st year students (2・1.5 hours / session One session / week 15 weeks / semsester)|
The purpose of the course is to train basic reading and writing skills of academic English. The aim is to acquire skills that would enable students of Nagoya University, a research-based university, to use suitable academic English expressions. Focusing on the structure of essays, which is the key to coherent English sentences, students will learn to read necessary information depending on the purpose and on the other hand, build up persuasive and coherent English sentences that reflect their thoughts. For the future, when students read or write specialized theses in English, they will master basic standards of English composition as well as many practical English expressions.
As you will converse with the instructor and classmates every class, you are expected to have an active (but relaxed) attitude. No one can speak fluent English from the start; one must start practicing from things like simple sentences, words, fillers like umm and well, gestures, or facial expressions. In the writing assignments, you will also be tested on originality and creativity. I am looking forward to encountering your open-minded ideas.
In this course, we aim at developing essay writing skills through exhaustive retrospective exercises. Lesson's characteristics can be defined by the following three points.
Students must complete English (Basics) to take this course.
We will learn the basics of essay writing in a practical manner. After covering the following fundamental points, students' essays will be evaluated by fellow students based on the academic content.
Also, as the opposites of these points, students will also undergo efficient critical reading training.
We will use Internet articles, English newspapers, and other specialized thesis summaries as reading materials based on preferences of the students that are taking this course.
The class will be separated into three stages, each ending with a writing contest.
Handouts made by the instructor.
Will be introduced as needed.
The following will be given as assignments.
The grades will be given according to the following percentages: essay assignments (almost every week), mutual evaluation, contribution to class (30%), three contests (20%), extracurricular study and English exams specified in the "precautions" section (50%).
In addition to the face-to-face classes, students are expected to do the "Gyutto e" reading for Academic English (Intermediate level), and progress will count towards 20% of the grade. In addition, the scores for TOEFL ITP (Reading) and Criterion will count towards 30% of the grade. Furthermore, if absent from class 5 times or more, one will receive an "absent" grade. Withdrawal from the class is not accepted.
March 28, 2020