Academic Discussion

Numbering Code G-LAS02 80003 SE48 Year/Term 2021 ・ First semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type Seminar
Target Year Graduate students Target Student For all majors
Language English Day/Period Tue.1
Instructor name Lees,David (Institute for Liberal Arts and Sciences Senior Lecturer)
Outline and Purpose of the Course The purpose of Seminar Participation is to equip learners with the necessary communication skills to engage with the academic community, expand their intellectual interests, and improve critical thinking skills. Current topics from the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences will be explored from an interdisciplinary
perspective with a primary emphasis on academic speaking and listening. Students will be expected to express their ideas in various types of settings (i.e. group discussion, debate, presentations) and prepare for these exchanges by listening to and viewing audio and video materials outside of class.

A central part of this course will be group discussions. Therefore, active participation of students is crucial to the success of this course. Regarding academic speaking, students are expected to exercise their ability to express their views in discussions and debate, as well as improve comprehensibility through pronunciation practice. Regarding academic listening, students are expected to perform self-directed listening tasks using various types of audio and video recordings. These materials will be used to provide additional information to feed in-class discussions. Presentation skills will be taught and performance considered in the assessment of students for the completion of this course.


Course Goals By the end of this course, students will be able to:
-understand the role of discussion in an academic setting.
-initiate and maintain a conversation
-articulate a complete idea relating to a specified topic
-respond to other classmates' ideas and opinions
-manage a conversation in various settings using discussion strategies, such as agreeing/disagreeing, asking
for clarification, changing the topic, etc.
-present and support opinions in a logical manner
-paraphrase an idea in order to clarify or verify information
-orally summarize ideas from in-class discussions and listening materials
-understand conversations of varying degrees of formality
-demonstrate comprehension through verbal and non-verbal cues in conversation
-understand the main ideas in longer listening passages
-identify discourse markers in extended speech and discussions
-identify the purpose of statements and supporting information in oral discourse
Schedule and Contents 1. Introductions, Course Explanation & Self Diagnostic
2. Listening & Notetaking Methods
3. Student-Led Discussions
4. Student-Led Discussions
5. Student-Led Discussions
6. Presentation Workshop 1
7. Presentation 1
8. Student-Led Discussions
9. Student-Led Discussions
10. Student-Led Discussions
11. Student-Led Discussions
12. Presentation Workshop 2
13. Presentations 2
14. Reflection on learning & Self Diagnostic
15. Feedback
Evaluation Methods and Policy Evaluation will be based on active participation in class (30%), listening participation (20%), speaking assessment (15%), Performance self-assessment (20%), Presentations (15%)
Course Requirements None
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Students are advised to be able to use online learning tools (podcasts) for work outside of class
References, etc. Introduced in the class
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