Faculty/Graduate school Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies
Attached documents
Year 2023
Class code A6001
Previous Class code
Previous Class title
Term 春学期授業/Spring
Day/Period 木4/Thu.4
Class Type
Campus 市ヶ谷 / Ichigaya
Classroom name 市外濠‐S403
Grade 1~4
Credit(s) 2
Open Program
Open Program (Notes)
Global Open Program
Interdepartmental class taking system for Academic Achievers
Interdepartmental class taking system for Academic Achievers (Notes)
Class taught by instructors with practical experience
Urban Design CP
Diversity CP
Learning for the Future CP
Duplicate Subjects Taken Under Previous Class Title
Category (commenced 2020 onwards) 100-level General Study Courses
Academic Skills Courses(Required:必修)
Category (commenced 2016-2019) 100-level General Study Courses
Academic Skills Subjects

【授業の概要と目的(何を学ぶか) / Outline and objectives】
Academic Writing Skills I introduces the formal structures and styles of academic writing. The course focuses on two primary areas. The first is essay organization: we will examine the fundamentals of outlining and structuring essays as well as practice writing a variety of essay forms. The second is academic language: we will study the specific vocabulary, conventions, and styles of writing particular to university research. Additionally, this course will build confidence and competence in writing more generally, preparing you for Academic Writing Skills II, in which you will write a formal research paper.
The related activities and tasks are completed mainly through such communicative approaches as presentation and discussion in order to facilitate students' thorough engagement in active communication in English. This will cultivate their listening and speaking skills in the target language as well as those of reading and writing.

【到達目標 / Goal】
This course aims to build competence in the following areas:

1. Organizing a variety of essay styles clearly and logically
2. Using academic vocabulary and styles of prose effectively
3. Citing and referencing sources correctly
4. Proofreading, editing, and revising multiple essay drafts

【この授業を履修することで学部等のディプロマポリシーに示されたどの能力を習得することができるか(該当授業科目と学位授与方針に明示された学習成果との関連) / Which item of the diploma policy will be obtained by taking this class?】
Will be able to gain “DP 1” and “DP 4”.

【授業で使用する言語 / Default language used in class】
英語 / English

【授業の進め方と方法 / Method(s)】 (学期の途中で変更になる場合には、別途提示します。 /If the Method(s) is changed, we will announce the details of any changes. )
Each class consists of two basic parts: one is a short exercise building fundamental aspects of academic writing, such as vocabulary, sentence structure, or style; the second is longer, including a discussion on the week’s lesson and exercises to illustrate its central components. Often we will work together on exercises, both in small groups and as a class. We will also share and edit each other's writing, so students should be prepared for both giving and receiving constructive feedback on assignments.
Instructors will provide general feedback in class, and students will receive written feedback on submitted assignments.

【アクティブラーニング(グループディスカッション、ディベート等)の実施 / Active learning in class (Group discussion, Debate.etc.)】
あり / Yes

【フィールドワーク(学外での実習等)の実施 / Fieldwork in class】
なし / No

【授業計画 / Schedule】
授業形態 / methods of teaching:対面/face to face

回 / No. 各回の授業形態予定 / methods of teachingテーマ / Theme 内容 / Contents
1 オンライン/onlineCourse Introduction Course Introduction
2 対面/face to faceParagraph Organization Topic, supporting, and concluding sentences
3 対面/face to faceUnity and Coherence Consistency and logical organization
4 対面/face to faceEvidence, Quotations, In-text Citations Referencing; fundamentals of citations; discussion on plagiarism
5 対面/face to faceBibliography and Citation Styles Students will learn one referencing system (MLA, APA and others)
Review and discussion
6 対面/face to faceEssay Structure I Organization; introductions and thesis statements
7 対面/face to faceEssay Structure II Body paragraphs; conclusions
8 対面/face to faceEssay Practice I Process essay
9 対面/face to faceEditing I Proofreading, peer critique, self-editing
Review and discussion
10 対面/face to faceEssay Practice II Cause and effect essay
11 対面/face to faceEssay Practice III Comparative/contrast essay
12 対面/face to faceEssay Practice IV Argumentative essay
13 対面/face to faceEditing II Reorganization and rewriting
Review and discussion
14 対面/face to faceFinal Presentations Final paper presentations

【授業時間外の学習(準備学習・復習・宿題等) / Work to be done outside of class (preparation, etc.)】
Students are expected to complete weekly writing assignments and regular vocabulary exercises. Preparatory study and review time for this class are 2 hours each.

【テキスト(教科書) / Textbooks】
Oshima, A., & Hogue, A. (2017). Longman Academic Writing Series: 4 - Essays (Fifth ed.). New York: Pearson Longman. ISBN: 9780134663319

*This is the primary text for the course and must be purchased by students. Please do so as soon as possible.

【参考書 / References】
Bullock, R. H., & Weinberg, F. (2011). The Little Seagull Handbook. New York: W.W. Norton & Co. ISBN: 0393911519

*Students are strongly encouraged to purchase this text as it will serve as a quick guide for all future papers at GIS and beyond. However, copies will also be placed in the library for your reference.

McCarthy, M., & O’Dell, F. (2016). Academic Vocabulary in Use. Second Edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
ISBN: 110759166X

*Students will often complete vocabulary and academic prose exercises from this text. Handouts will be distributed in class.

【成績評価の方法と基準 / Grading criteria】
Participation: 10%
Assignments: 25%
Essays: 55%
Process (10%)
Cause/Effect (10%)
Comparison/Contrast (10%)
Argumentative (25%)
Final presentation: 10%

【学生の意見等からの気づき / Changes following student comments】
Discussions on plagiarism have been added.