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    Using and Adapting Authentic Materials to Help Motivate Students

    この講習では、生徒に様々な異文化や価値観にふれさせるために、オーセンティック素材をどのように選び、教材化するかを学ぶ。そのための方法として、受講者はオーセンティック教材を分析し、体験したうえで、生の素材を修正し、タスクを作る作業をワークショップ形式で行う。     なお、この講座のすべての活動は英語で行う

    This course offers an insight into how best to select and adapt authentic materials to use with students as a way of exposing them to other cultures and ways of thinking. It has been shown that authentic materials are more motivating for students (Peacock, 1997) and thus the class will feature practical demonstrations of ways in which authentic materials can be used to help motivate students. In the class, participants will look at, observe and demonstrate tasks which utilise authentic materials and participants will also have the chance to a adapt materials and design their own tasks in a hands-on workshop. 

    TUFS 

    Career English

    This subject aims to improve students’ ability in dealing with specific business-related skills by undertaking authentic projects such as preparing collecting research, holding team meetings, contacting industry figures and giving presentations. Each group will be expected to produce something tangible at the end of each project (e.g. a video, portfolio, etc.)
    Students will be assessed on their performance on a range of professional tasks, as well as written and presented evaluations. As a lot of the work we do will involve research on the internet and ICT (Information Communication Technology) it is recommended that students bring their laptops to class if possible.

    TUFS Academic English: Applied Language and Communication Studies 1

    Spring Semester

    Special Content Focus on:

    Sociolinguistics

    This subject aims to develop students’ English ability for academic purposes. Following the theme of this class, students will learn about the way languages are learned and taught. We will examine various linguistic theories and gain a better understanding of the concepts that surround language acquisition.
    Classes will be arranged as either teacher-led input sessions or student-led output sessions in which the students lead the discussion and give short, informal presentations.

    TUFS Academic English: Applied Language and Communication Studies 2

    Autumn Semester

    Special Content Focus on:

    Psycholinguistics

    This subject aims to develop students’ English ability for academic purposes. Following the theme of this class, students will learn about the way languages are learned and taught. We will examine various linguistic theories and gain a better understanding of the concepts that surround language acquisition. The first semester dealt with topics from the field of sociolinguistics, this semester will focus on psycholinguistics.
    Classes will be arranged as either teacher-led input sessions or student-led output sessions in which the students lead the discussion and give short, informal presentations.

    Course description

    Speaking in public is many people’s biggest fear. Worse than spiders! Speaking in public in English must be even more terrifying, but together we will learn how to make the most of our presentation skills. We will look at everything from the basics of body language to the technicalities of PowerPoint. Together we can build our confidence and prepare to speak publicly at conferences and business presentations without fear. Public speaking is a great skill and will give you confidence in speaking English. This course is for people who have already got an intermediate or reasonable understanding of basic grammar and vocabulary, but may not have yet gained full confidence in their speaking ability. In the course we will all prepare, practise and give individual presentations in front of the class which will help us gain confidence in speaking publicly in English.

    Course Objectives

    In the class you will watch, create and give presentations about a number of topics. These topics could be related to what you do in the real world. We will provide feedback and strategies for creating effective presentations and speaking in public confidently. We will also learn about PowerPoint and how to manage our body language, structure presentations and even how to deal with questions and problems when presenting.