|The Faculty of Environmental and Symbiotic Sciences offers Intermediate English II (IE II) to its second-year students. IE II will build on what students learned in IE I. The main focus will be on increasing students' reading and writing skills, but students will be expected to speak and listen to English. Students will learn to improve their reading speed; increase their vocabulary levels; and evaluate, summarize and discuss reading material. Homework will include preparation for class time and activities to enhance students' personal learning.|
|Intermediate English II (IE II) builds on second-year students' university English and Internet-using abilities. IE II will help students use computers to search for information on the Internet, then prepare a discussion about that topic. Evaluating vocabulary, reading and writing will all be emphasized. Students completing IE II will have the ability to discuss timely topics of interest in English.|
|This course will focus on developing students skills and abilities in reading/writing and understanding some science-related texts, scientific vocabulary, internet related topics of interest to students - either individually, in pairs or in groups, expressing the content of such texts, and then finally the students opinions about them in writing. In addition to coming to class on time and participating actively in class activities and assignments, students should keep a vocabulary log as there will be a vocabulary building element to each class. There will be opportunity to practice learned vocabulary both in writing and orally. The instructor shall, from time to time, bring in additional material to supplement further understanding and introduce a fun aspect to study and learning. The language of the classroom will be English.|
|Lesson 1 Topic - Review of summer break. Sharing of students experiences, adventures, activities in small groups|
Lesson 2 Topic - chosen by the instructor
Lesson 3 Internet Topic - research project
Lesson 4 Topic - chosen by students
Lesson 5 Topic - chosen by the instructor
Lesson 6 Internet Topic - chosen by the instructor to be researched and discussed by students in groups
Lesson 7 Topic - chosen by students
Lesson 8 Topic - chosen by students
Lesson 9 Topic - What is energy? How can it be used? Where is it? Can we tap into unseen energy?
Lesson 10 Topic - chosen by the instructor
Lesson 11 Topic - chosen by students
Lesson 12 Internet Topic - chosen by students in groups. Peer review.
Lesson 13 Topic - chosen by the instructor
Lesson 14 Topic - chosen by students
Lesson 15 Internet research topic of choice chosen by students. Peer review.
|A typical class will begin with a brief introduction into the topic for that day and new vocabulary will be introduced. Students will then read a text on the topic and complete a number of exercises related to the subject matter of the text and the vocabulary therein. Time will be given to students to complete their vocabulary logs at some time during each class.|
|Handouts will be distributed by the instructor each week. Topics will cover the students major, together with a choice of subject matter that will be of interest to university aged students. Handouts will come from a wide variety of textbooks and internet sites.|
Students are asked to bring a good Japanese-English / English-Japanese dictionary, and a B5 notebook for journal writing and keeping a vocabulary log.
|Japanese-English / English-Japanese dictionary. This is very important as a tool for comprehension and usage of new vocabulary acquired during completion of assignments.|
|In the class, students must show satisfactory progress in all class projects and assignments (30%). Students must also complete journal/internet entries by the deadline assigned (20%), and successfully complete the vocabulary quizzes (20%). Finally, students must receive a passing grade on the final examination (30%).|
|In order to pass this class, students must complete and submit all assignments by the deadline, pass all quizzes satisfactorily, receive a passing grade on the final examination, and show satisfactory progress in the tasks given by the instructor. Students must show improvement in their abilities to search for information on the Internet. In addition, students must show improvement in vocabulary, reading and writing, and have the ability to discuss topics in English.|