Goals & Objectives

School of Policy Studies English Language Program

Core Curriculum Overview

EC1 Language for Writing
Sentence-level & Paragraph Writing

Free writing
Grammar focus
Word classes
Sentence-level writing
Basic paragraph structure

EC1 Listening
Listening Skills

Comprehension of controlled spoken English
Develop language competence - listening to learn
Extensive listening
Vocabulary development

EC1 Reading
Reading Skills

Intensive reading skills
Extensive reading - graded readers
Speed reading
Vocabulary development

EC1 Speaking
Speaking Skills

Accuracy-focused speaking skills using high-frequency vocabulary
Four tasks to provide a motivating framework for use of this vocabulary
Conversation development
Practical English

EC2 Language for Writing
Paragraph Writing

Free writing
Sentence-level writing
Grammar focus
Basic writing cohesion and sequencing language

EC2 Listening
Listening Skills

Comprehension of controlled & semi-authentic spoken English
Develop language competence - listening to learn
Extensive listening
Vocabulary development

EC2 Reading
Reading Skills

Intensive reading skills
Extensive reading - graded readers
Speed reading
Vocabulary development

EC2 Speaking
Speaking Skills

Accuracy-focused speaking skills using high-frequency vocabulary
Three topics to provide a motivating framework for use of this vocabulary
Conversation development
Practical English
Basic discussion skills

EC3 Writing
Paragraph Writing

Simple 'reason-giving' paragraphs
Language focus to aid cohesion and accuracy
Familiarity with paragraph organization
Thesis statement
Understanding of writing process
Formatting papers

EC3 Listening
Listening Skills

Interview & short-lecture listening
Extensive listening
Focus on micro & macro listening
Focus on academic functional language

EC3 Reading
Reading Skills & Strategies

Intensive reading skills
Extensive reading - graded readers
Speed reading
Vocabulary development
Topic and genre-based texts

EC3 Seminar
Reading-Based Discussions

Pair and small group discussion skills
Discussing opinions
Communication strategies
Recounting and responding to academic texts
Vocabulary development

EC4 Writing
Short Essay

Basic essay structure, including introduction and conclusion
Language focus to aid cohesion and accuracy
Topic-specific vocabulary focus
Two types of paragraph models
Understanding of writing process
Introduction to outside source

EC4 Listening
Listening/Note-Taking Skills

Topics related to policy studies
Lecture listening
Intensive listening and note-taking
Develop ability to discuss topics related to the listening

EC4 Presentation
Individual and Pair Skills-Based Presentations

Presentation delivery skills
Organization skills
Use of visual aids to support a message

EC4 Seminar
Reading-Based Discussions

Communication strategies
Discussion dynamics
Vocabulary development
Recounting and responding to academic texts
Information literacy
Internet research

EC5 Writing
Problem/Solution Research Paper

Social policy topics
Problem-solution genre
Paraphrasing
Outside sources required
APA citing and referencing

EC5 Special Topics
Electives/Topic Choices

Content-based
Integrated skills - recycling those learned in previous EC courses
Research
Small group discussions
Presentations

EC5 Presentation
Group Presentations

Global issues related to Japan and the rest of the world
Presentation delivery and format
Research
Small group poster session
Large group PowerPoint presentation

EC5 Seminar
Issues Discussions

Social policy topics
Extended discussions
Individual discussion leadership
Discussion strategies
Internet research

EC6 Writing
Problem/Solution Research Paper

Social policy topics
Problem-solution genre
Paraphrasing
Internet research
Outside sources required
APA citing and referencing

EC6 Advanced Listening
Variety of Text Types

Reading & research for topics
Listening to academic lectures
Extended discussions
Note-taking practice
Active & passive vocabulary learning

EC6 Special Topics
Electives/Topic Choices

Content-based
Integrated skills - recycling those learned in previous EC courses
Research
Small group discussions
Presentations

EC6 Seminar
Issues Discussions

Social policy topics
Extended discussions
Group discussion management
Discussion strategies
Internet research with critical evaluation