English Writing-Listening B

Numbering Code U-LAS20 10003 SB48 Year/Term 2021 ・ Second semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type Seminar (Foreign language)
Target Year 1st year students Target Student For all majors
Language English Day/Period Mon.5
Instructor name Schipper Sara (Institute for Liberal Arts and Sciences Senior Lecturer)
Outline and Purpose of the Course The goals of this course are to: 1) improve upon academic writing skills learned in the spring semester related to academic essays, 2) improve academic listening, discussion, and presentation skills, and 3) develop and use academic vocabulary. Regarding academic writing skills, students will be expected to learn how to do the following: a) present ideas logically and persuasively in an argumentative essay; b) select, evaluate, and use outside information sources; and c) write multiple essays through revision of several drafts with feedback. Course essay assignments will contain common features found in academic reports (i.e., argumentation and persuasion) and highlight the analysis of data. In some cases, essays may involve conducting or replicating a scientific experiment, collecting and analyzing data, and writing it up with conventional structures (e.g., abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, and reference list). Regarding academic listening skills, students will be expected to engage in intensive listening and note-taking exercises both inside and outside of class, with the focus on preparing for discussions, debates, and presentations. Regarding academic vocabulary, students will be expected to review previously learned 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:
- develop an idea and produce a detailed outline.
- write an essay introduction that includes adequate topic background and a clear thesis statement.
- use outside research in a logical manner that provides adequate and relevant support.
- select proper (i.e., trustworthy) sources of information from outside references.
- paraphrase the main ideas and details from news sources and academic texts.
- avoid plagiarism when using a range of outside sources.
- produce in-text citations for a range of outside sources.
- use persuasive techniques to write a convincing argumentative essay.
- create a reference list for the works cited using common forms (e.g., MLA, APA).
- summarize audio or video content such as lectures, news reports, and presentations.
- recall and use academic vocabulary.
Schedule and Contents Unit 1: Introduction and Course Overview
Unit 2: Academic Research and Writing
Unit 3: Model Essay Analysis: Argument Essay
Unit 4: Types of Data and Analysis Methods
Unit 5: Logical Structures
Unit 6: Research Methods and Outside Source Types
Unit 7: Plagiarism and Attribution
Unit 8: Unity and Coherence
Unit 9: Peer Review and Feedback
Unit 10: Model Essay Analysis: Persuasive Essay
Unit 11: Paraphrasing and Summarizing
Unit 12: In-Text Citations and Reference List
Unit 13: Peer Review
Unit 14: Student Presentations

Some of these units may be covered in one or two classes. A more detailed course syllabus, including course dates, will be distributed in the first weeks of class.
Evaluation Methods and Policy 1. Vocabulary assessments 10%

2. Listening assessments 20%
*Students will access online listening materials in a self-study manner to
prepare for the listening tests.
*The score for the listening assessments is determined by performance on
four in-class assessments and the study record of TOEFL ITP Sample Test Unit.

3. Writing assignments 50%
*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 1,000 words in order to receive credit for the course. Note that plagiarism must be avoided.

4. TOEFL ITP score 20%
*Students must take the TOEFL ITP before the end of the second semester.
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 will also study the online listening materials outside of class through the GORILLA system. The materials for the first semester are as follows:
・TOEFL ITP Sample Test Unit (required)
・KU Academic Listening (A) Units 1-12 (optional)
・KU Can-Do Self-Assessment (optional)
・Extra practice for further study (optional)

Students must take four in-class assessments based on the KU Academic Listening (B) units. However, students are not required to complete the individual listening 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 京都大学英語学術語彙研究グループ&研究社『京大・学術語彙データベース基本英単語1110』, , , ISBN:978-4-327-45221-6
Instructors will provide printed handouts and/or electronic materials in lieu of a writing textbook.