This seminar will be all in English – this includes reading, writing, discussions, presentations, and research. Students will be expected to complete a weekly reading and writing assignment in order to prepare for class. The ultimate aim of the seminar is for students to become critical thinkers in English with a view to completing a graduation thesis in English.
Students will also be expected to work well in groups in order to give presentations, therefore a high level of communication skills are desirable for those students wishing to join the seminar. An interest in linguistics, teaching/learning English, gender studies, and British culture would be beneficial for the students.
n order to fulfill the weekly reading and writing assignments, it would be preferable if students have a TOEIC score of 450 or above. Students should also be motivated to read and analyse English texts. Students must be prepared to do the homework assignments as these form the basis of the seminar.
As part of the seminar, there will be field trips to art galleries, museums, and possibly British Hills in Fukushima. This will depend on the Covid-19 situation.
Topics include (but are not limited to):
Linguistics (sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, pragmatics). Learning/teaching English, Gender Studies, Modern British Culture etc.