English Writing-Listening A

Numbering Code U-LAS20 10002 SB48 Year/Term 2021 ・ First semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type Seminar (Foreign language)
Target Year 1st year students Target Student For all majors
Language English Day/Period Thu.3
Instructor name Lees,David (Institute for Liberal Arts and Sciences Senior Lecturer)
Outline and Purpose of the Course The goals of this course are to: 1) acquire basic academic writing skills, especially the skills of writing paragraphs and short essays, 2) improve academic listening skills, and 3) expand academic vocabulary. Regarding academic writing skills, students will be expected to learn how to do the following: a) focus a topic; b) organize paragraphs; c) use information sources at a basic level (i.e., quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing); d) write drafts; and e) make careful revisions. Regarding academic listening skills, students will be expected to engage in intensive listening and guided note-taking exercises using the online materials outside of class and be assessed in class. Regarding academic vocabulary, students will be expected to learn vocabulary using the "Kyoto University Vocabulary Database 1110" outside of class and be assessed in class. Students will also be expected to take responsibility for their own learning by reflecting on their language learning experiences and achievements through self-assessment surveys (the KU Can-Do Statements).
Course Goals By the end of this course, students will have acquired the following skills at varying levels. Students will be able to:

- recall and use academic vocabulary.
- listen to and comprehend short academic passages.
- identify topic and supporting sentences of paragraphs.
- write a topic sentence.
- develop a paragraph with descriptive details.
- use some simple rhetorical styles.
- express ideas in coherent and ordered sentences.
- restate the main idea of a paragraph.
- express ideas in simple paragraphs.
- connect paragraphs in short essays.
- edit text under the guidance of the instructor.
- format written text appropriately and use suitable punctuation.
- write basic definitions and include these in a paragraph.
- paraphrase a variety of short texts, often using appropriate synonyms.
- take notes from short presentations, lectures, or videos.
- retrieve information sources from the Internet.
Schedule and Contents In-class activities are related to the contents of the textbook. Though there may be some adjustments in certain cases, the schedule of this course is as follows:

Introduction and Course Overview
Introduction: Process Writing
Unit 1: Pre-Writing: Getting Ready to Write
Unit 2: The Structure of a Paragraph
Unit 3: The Development of a Paragraph
Unit 4: Descriptive Paragraphs
Unit 5: Opinion Paragraphs
Unit 6: Comparison/Contrast Paragraphs
Unit 7: Problem-Solution Paragraphs
Unit 8: The Structure of an Essay
Unit 9: Outlining an Essay
Unit 10: Introductions and Conclusions
Unit 11: Unity and Coherence

Some of these units will be covered in one or two classes.

Evaluation Methods and Policy 1. Vocabulary assessments 10%

2. Listening assessments 30%
*Students must pass at least eight out of 13 learning units (Units 1-12 and TOEFL ITP Sample Test Unit) of the online materials in order to receive credit for this course.
*The score for the listening assessments is determined by performance on four in-class assessments and the study record of the online materials (Units 1-12 and TOEFL ITP Sample Test Unit).

3. Writing assignments 60%
*Scores for writing assignments may include in-class writing tasks and participation in class activities as well as a term paper.
*Students must complete various writing assignments, including an essay of at least 300 words in order to receive credit for this course. Note that plagiarism must be avoided.
Course Requirements Refer to "Handbook of Liberal Arts and General Education Courses".
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Students are required to study academic vocabulary from the designated part (EGAP vocabulary) of the "Kyoto University Vocabulary Database 1110" outside of class, and regularly take vocabulary assessments in class.

Students are also required to study the online listening materials outside of class through the GORILLA system. The materials for this course are as follows:

・KU Academic Listening (A) Units 1-12 (required)
・TOEFL ITP Sample Test Unit (required)
・KU Can-Do Self-Assessment (optional)
・Extra practice for further study (optional)

Students must complete each unit by the assigned deadline. If students miss the deadline for a certain unit, the unit will not be evaluated as a passed unit.
Students must also take four in-class assessments based on the KU Academic Listening (A) units.

For details such as the deadlines and the in-class assessment schedule, please see the handout distributed in class and the information posted on the GORILLA system.
Textbooks Textbooks/References Writing Essays: From Paragraph to Essay, Dorothy E. Zemach & Lisa A. Ghulldu, (Macmillan), ISBN:978-0-230-41592-8
京大・学術語彙データベース基本英単語1110, 京都大学英語学術語彙研究グループ&研究社, (研究社), ISBN:978-4-327-45221-6