|Integrated Skills courses are semester-long courses which students are required to take until the end of the second year. This course aims at the development of four language skills (i.e. listening, speaking, reading, and writing), focusing upon the real-life usage of the English language, as opposed to focusing only on one or two skills. Students take the course with the primary purpose of improving their English proficiency.|
|Upon successful completion of the Integrated Skills courses, students should be able to: |
1. Express their own thoughts without relying exclusively on memorized responses to get their meaning across.
2. Respond appropriately in a conversational situation on a variety of topics with longer phrases or full sentences.
3. Read faster and with greater comprehension.
Understand and therefore react appreciatively to the views of others.
4. Compose coherent and interesting paragraphs and short compositions, using a variety of vocabulary and grammatical structures.
|Regular, prompt attendance is essential, along with active participation in class activities and engagement in assigned tasks.|
|1: Introduction to the course. Introduction to crosswords and crossword dialogues.|
2: More work on crosswords and crossword dialogues.
3: Crosswords and crossword dialogues: performance
4: Topic 1: Initiation
5: Topic 1: Group work: Planning
6: Topic 1: Group work: Development
7: Topic 2: Group work: Podcast episode
8: Topic 2: Initiation
9: Topic 2: Group work: Planning
10: Topic 2: Group work: Development
11: Topic 2: Group work: Podcast episode
12: Topic 2: Initiation
13: Topic 2: Group work: Planning
14: Topic 2: Group work: Development
15: Topic 2: Podcast episode
|A large part of the course will consist of work (reading, writing, listening, and project work) to be done outside of class sessions.|
|Intermediate Crosswords. Jonathan Crowther. Oxford University Press. about 1,000 yen.|
An A-Z of Common English Errors for Japanese Learners. David Barker. BTB Press. 1,900 yen.
|A mixture of in-class participation, reading quantity, writing performance, and speaking and written tests.|
|Final scores will be based on overall performance in all assignments, taking into account students' ability to express their own thoughts, respond appropriately, and use a variety of vocabulary and grammatical structures.|