Goals & Objectives

School of Policy Studies English Language Program

Core Curriculum Overview

 


EC6 Writing


Problem/Solution Paper


  • Social policy topics

  • Problem-Solution Genre

  • Paraphrasing

  • Internet research

  • Outside sources required

  • APA citing and referencing




 EC6 Listening


Variety of Text Types


  • Reading and Research for topic prep

  • Listening to academic lectures

  • Extended Discussions

  • Note-taking practice

  • Active and passive vocabulary learning




EC6 Special Topics


Electives/Topic Choices


  • Content-based

  • Integrated skills and recycling those

  • learned in previous EC courses

  • Research

  • Small group discussions

  • Presentations




EC6 Seminar


Issues Discussions


  • Theme-based

  • Social policy topics (heavy)

  • Extended discussions

  • Group discussion management

  • Discussion strategies

  • Internet research w/critical evaluation




EC5 Writing


Problem/Solution Paper


  • Social policy topics

  • Problem-Solution Genre

  • Paraphrasing

  • Outside sources required

  • APA citing and referencing




 EC5 Presentation


Group Presentations


  • Global issues related to Japan

  • Presentation delivery and format

  • Small group poster session

  • Large group PowerPoint presentation




EC5 Special Topics


Electives/Topic Choices


  • Content-based

  • Integrated skills and recycling those

  • learned in previous EC courses

  • Research

  • Small group discussions

  • Presentations




EC5 Seminar


Issues Discussions


  • Theme-based

  • Social policy topics (light)

  • Extended discussions

  • Individual discussion leadership

  • Discussion strategies

  • Internet research




EC4 Writing


Problem/Solution Paper


  • Topics related to student interests or areas of experience and knowledge

  • Basic essay structure, including introduction and conclusion

  • Language focus to aid cohesion

  • Topic-specific vocabulary focus

  • Develop fluency and familiarity with paragraph and essay organisation




 EC4 Listening


Listening and Note taking


  • Topics related to policy studies

  • Extensive listening

  • Intensive listening and note-taking

  • Develop ability to discuss topics related to the listening




EC4 Presentation


Electives/Topic Choices


  • Speaking confidence

  • Presentation delivery skills

  • Content format




EC4 Seminar


Reading-Based Discussions


  • Communication strategies

  • Discussion dynamics

  • Vocabulary development

  • Recounting and responding to texts

  • Information literacy

  • Internet research




EC3 Writing


Paragraph Writing


  • Topics related to student interests or areas of experience and knowledge

  • Introduction to two-draft assignments

  • Thesis statement and simple ‘reason-giving’ paragraphs

  • Language focus to aid cohesion

  • Develop fluency and familiarity with paragraph organisation




EC3 Listening


Listening Skills


  • Interview and short-lecture listening

  • Extensive listening

  • Focus on micro and macro listening

  • Focus on academic functional language




EC3 Reading


Skills and Strategies


  • Intensive reading skills

  • Extensive reading

  • Vocabulary development

  • Reading fluency and speed

  • Reading and discussion




EC3 Seminar


Reading-Based Discussions


  • Pair and small group discussion skills  The structure of academic texts

  • Discussing opinions

  • Communication strategies

  • Recounting and responding to texts

  • Vocabulary development




EC2 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




EC2 Reading


Skills and Strategies


  • Basic intensive reading skills

  • Reading graded readers

  • Reading for fluency

  • Vocabulary development

  • Generate interest and confidence in reading




EC2 Speaking


Skills and Strategies


  • Focus on accuracy in the use of a number of high-frequency vocabulary items

  • Three tasks to provide a motivating framework for use of these items

  • Conversation development

  • Practical English




EC1 Writing


Sentence 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

  • Pronunciation practice to help listening skills 




EC1 Reading


Reading Skills


  • Basic intensive reading skills

  • Reading graded readers

  • Reading for fluency

  • Vocabulary development

  • Generate interest and confidence in reading




EC1 Speaking


Skills and Strategies


  • Focus on accuracy in the use of a number of high-frequency vocabulary items

  • A number of tasks to provide a motivating framework for use of these items

  • Conversation development

  • Practical English