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English Skills

Don't just learn English. Use it.

The first and second year prerequisite English courses focus on teaching students how to become better users of English. Listening and reading provide foundations for speaking and writing. Small classes allow for interaction and feedback between students and teachers. In these courses, students first analyze how English is used by native and expert speakers in different situations through examining simplified and authentic discourse. Students use this understanding to make good choices in their own speaking, writing, and interaction in English. Students should finish the required courses with a better understanding of discourse structures, a stronger vocabulary knowledge, and more experience using English for a variety of purposes.

1年次・2年次の必修科目。リスニング→スピーキング、リーディング→ライティングの流れを重視し、少人数クラスで教員と十分にやりとりします。ネイティブ・スピーカーの英語を分析して、自分の英語に活かします。会話の流れや言葉選びの理解、場面ごとの使い分けが目標です。

English I

English I content revolves around spoken discourse. A variety of questions are answered through the course work in this year-long class. How does native and expert English sound? What aspects of spoken English are challenging for Japanese speakers? What choices do English speakers make as they speak? How can I become a better listener? With a foundation in listening, students practice making more thoughtful and appropriate choices in speaking. They analyze their own pronunciation and consider how they can modify it. They evaluate their own word choice in speech. They participate in discussions with native or expert English speaking teachers, learning to stop speakers for clarification. In short, in order to successfully complete this course, students will have to show both the ability to comprehend English spoken discourse and speak comprehensibly in a variety of situations.

話し言葉が中心のコース。自然な英語を話すには? 日本人が間違えやすいポイントは? リスニング力を磨くことで、スピーキング力を向上させていきます。ネイティブ・スピーカーの教員との対話で質問力をつけ、英語を聞いて、わかって、わかりやすくレスポンスできるようになることを目指します。

English II

English II is focused on reading and basic writing. Reading provides the template for later writing. Reading in this class includes extensive reading (i.e., reading a large quantity of English texts), increasing vocabulary and discourse marker knowledge through reading and word parts study, understanding basic written discourse patterns (e.g., chronological, listing, comparison/contrast, etc.), and understanding how topics are expressed and developed in paragraphs. Students examine the discourse of simplified and unsimplified written academic texts. Students use the knowledge gained from reading to practice writing skills like paragraph writing and summarizing.

読み書きが中心のコース。多読、つなぎ語や単語解析などによるボキャブラリー強化、英語特有のパラグラフ・ライティングの習得などをとおして、さまざまなレベルのアカデミックな文章を読んでいきます。こうしてリーディングで鍛えた力は、そのままライティングの練習へと展開していきます。

English III

English III is wholly focused on students' use of English for public speech. The class takes a practical approach which puts students in front of the classroom for a majority of class time. Students are expected to master basic public presentation skills including verbal skills (e.g., speaking with comprehensible pronunciation, making good vocabulary and pragmatic choices, pausing, and using discourse markers) and non-verbal skills (e.g., gesture, eye contact, body movement) in an integrated way. The class content gradually moves from informal discourse to more formal academic discourse. Students analyze expert and native English speaker presentations as well as their own presentations and in order to develop and understand their own identity and ability as public speakers of English.

パブリックスピーチに特化したコース。クラスメートの前に立っての練習をふんだんに行います。明快な発音、言葉選びや話の流れだけでなく、ジェスチャーやアイコンタクトなど、言葉以外の部分も含めて基本をマスター。同時に優れたスピーチを研究して、自分らしいスタイルの発見を目指します。

English Proficiency IA, IB, II, III

英語資格試験の一つにTOEIC®というコミュニケーション能力を測る試験があります。リスニングとリーディングから成り立っています。ただ、ビジネスに関することが多く出題されるため、英語力以外にも準備しておきたい事柄があります。その準備を出来る科目がProficiency IA, II, IIIです。IA, II, IIIはレベル別になっており、自分の点数に応じて上の段階を目指すことが出来ます。基礎となる英語力と社会に出てからも役に立つ英語表現の両方を身に付け、実践力に磨きをかけませんか?
また、留学を考えている学生の皆さんには、Proficiency IBをお勧めします。この科目では留学のために必要な英語力を証明するためのTOEFL®やIELTS試験の準備を行います。
English Proficiencyは、皆さんの今後の進路に役に立つ科目です。

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