Faculty/Graduate school Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies
Attached documents
Year 2023
Class code A6018
Previous Class code
Previous Class title
Term 秋学期授業/Fall
Day/Period 木1/Thu.1
Class Type
Campus 市ヶ谷 / Ichigaya
Classroom name 市富士‐F305
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
Carbon Neutral CP
Chiyoda Campus Consortium
Duplicate Subjects Taken Under Previous Class Title
Category (commenced 2024 onwards)
Category (commenced 2020-2023) 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】
This course reinforces the basic reading skills and strategies that are needed for academic success at the university level, and moves up through critical reading of more advanced texts toward the reading and understanding of academic papers.
These objectives are achieved via the use of such communicative methods as discussion and presentation in pairs, groups and at class level. This will ensure students actively communicate in English, helping them to enhance skills in listening and speaking as well as in reading and writing.

【到達目標 / Goal】
To improve students’ reading speed and accuracy, enhancing their critical thinking skills, and exposing them to academic material, in order to prepare them for the Department’s demanding course of study.

【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”, “DP 2”, 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. )
Through the textbook and its academic reading selections and exercises, students will explore real-world issues, discuss academic topics, read and study content-based and thematic materials; interact in pair work, small group work, and whole class activities that present opportunities for real-world use of language; acquire tools that promote the critical thinking skills crucial to success in the academic world; expand their vocabulary; and gain familiarity with the ingredients of widely used tests of English proficiency. This will occupy the first half of the course. During the second half, students will be introduced via more demanding material intended for non-specialists to a topic of academic concern, and then shown how best to approach and digest an academic paper on this topic.
Students will receive written and spoken feedback in class for both HW and exams that address areas needing improvement.
*Class 1 (Professor Evans) will be held online.

【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/onlineIntroduction to the Course Introduction to the Course
2 対面/face to faceReading Selection: The Tell-Tale Heart Summarizing from a different point of view; internet research (memory biases).
3 対面/face to faceReading Selection: The San Francisco Sculptor Who Created Nicolas Cage’s “Dreadful Dragon” Finding the bases for inferences; comparisons from two texts (two sculptors compared).
4 対面/face to faceReading Selection: Trees for Democracy Finding evidence to disprove false arguments; analyzing the author’s point of view.
5 対面/face to faceReading Selection: A Revolution in Medicine Separating fact from opinion; critical opinions (charities in the developing world).
6 対面/face to faceReading Selection: What Makes Van Gogh So Great? Identifying false inferences; paraphrasing.
7 対面/face to faceReading Selection: Contrite Makes Right Analyzing cause and effect; internet research (a pair of book reviews).
Review of the first half of the course; discussion.
8 対面/face to faceQuick Survey; Mid-term Examination Revision Q&A; reading skills examination covering material and exercises from weeks 1 to 7.
9 対面/face to faceSpecial Academic Topic: Topic Introduction (i) Lecture on the academic topic chosen by the specific instructor; discussion activities; introductory reading.
10 対面/face to faceSpecial Academic Topic: Topic Introduction (ii) Further introductory reading on the topic; major structural patterns of academic papers.
11 対面/face to faceSpecial Academic Topic: Academic Paper (i) Lexical preview of the academic paper; abstract and structure.
12 対面/face to faceSpecial Academic Topic: Academic Paper (ii) Further glossary for the academic paper; introduction; locating the paper in its immediate academic context.
13 対面/face to faceSpecial Academic Topic: Academic Paper (iii) Body and conclusion of the academic paper, with comprehension activities.
Review of the second half of the course; discussion.
14 対面/face to faceQuick Survey; Final Examination Revision Q&A; reading skills examination covering the academic paper and other material from weeks 9 to 13.

【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 must read the required material and do required exercises for each class. Preparatory study and review time for this class are 2 hours each.

【テキスト(教科書) / Textbooks】
As specified by the instructor.

【参考書 / References】
Brenda Wegmann and Miki Knezevic, Mosaic 2: Reading, 6th ed. (McGraw-Hill Education, 2014).

【成績評価の方法と基準 / Grading criteria】
Homework (30%), in-class assignments (30%) and exams (40%).

【学生の意見等からの気づき / Changes following student comments】
Not applicable.