|The Faculty of Environmental and Symbiotic Sciences offers Basic English III (BE III) to its second-year students. BE III will complement BE I by focusing on basic vocabulary, reading and writing skills, but speaking and listening may also be included. Class time will be student-centered, and much of the material used will be found on the Internet. Students will learn basic computer skills that can be used for searching, evaluating, summarizing and commenting on Internet information. Homework will include preparation for class time and activities to enhance students' personal learning.|
The Internet can be used to find many kinds of information. Some of this information can be both interesting and useful to learn English. This class will provide a variety of activities designed to help students learn how to use the Internet to study topics and themes in English. Students will also have an opportunity to research subjects of personal interest.
Class time will be used to introduce topics through readings and exercises, research and write reports/blogs, and engage in discussions with other students.
|Basic English III (BE III) builds on second-year students' English and Internet-using abilities. BE III will help students use computers and the Internet to improve their communicative English skills. Basic vocabulary, reading and writing will all be emphasized. Students completing BE III will have the ability to communicate with others in English about simple topics they read and write about on the Internet.|
By the end of this course students should:
1) Be proficient in using Internet search tools to obtain information.
2) Be able to research and produce a short report within the allotted class time.
|As reports/blogs will be completed weekly, it is important for students to attend all classes. Although the course will use a variety of online search engines and websites to access and organize information, students may only use translation software for words and phrases. Reports/blogs that are written in Japanese and translated online will receive a failing grade.|
|Lesson 1-Introduction to the course; first writing assignment|
Lesson 2-Fashion Fusion East and West (Chap. 2); second writing preparation
Lesson 3-Fashion Fusion East and West (Chap. 2); second writing assignment
Lesson 4-Languages Lost and Found (Chap. 3); writing preparation
Lesson 5-Languages Lost and Found (Chap. 3); third writing assignment
Lesson 6-Beauty Has No Borders (Chap. 4); writing preparation
Lesson 7-Beauty Has No Borders (Chap. 4); fourth writing assignment
Lesson 8-The Hamburger and the Rain Forest (Chap. 5); writing preparation
Lesson 9-The Hamburger and the Rain Forest (Chap. 5); fifth writing assignment
Lesson 10-Smoke Gets In Our Eyes (Chap. 6); writing preparation
Lesson 11-Smoke Gets In Our Eyes (Chap. 6); sixth writing assignment
Lesson 12-A World Turned Upside Down (Chap. 7); writing preparation
Lesson 13-A World Turned Upside Down (Chap. 7); seventh writing assignment
Lesson 14-Go Green (Chap. 8); writing preparation
Lesson 15-Go Green (Chap. 8); eighth writing assignment
|A brief reading of the textbook and preparation of the exercises before each lesson is essential. |
Reports/blogs should be done on a regular basis, not all at once.
|The Powerful Reader Basic: A Thematic Approach to Developing Reading Skills, (Second Edition) Beth M. Pacheco and Joan Young Gregg, MacMillan Language House ISBN 978-4-7773-6455-8|
|In this class, students must show satisfactory progress during in-class work (25%). They must also complete and pass all in-class reports and blogging assignments (25%) and pass the final examination (50%).|
|In order to pass this class, students must complete and submit all homework by the deadline assigned, pass all quizzes adequately, receive a passing grade on the final examination, and show satisfactory progress in the tasks put forth by the instructor.|