Focuses on reading skills (e.g., vocabulary, phrases, grasping main ideas and paragraph structure) and familiarizes students with Japanese web sites and web reading tools. Students also develop the skills necessary for giving oral reports on technical/business articles. Teaches skills for writing summaries. Prerequisite: HCDE 463. Offered: A.
Reading: Expanding general vocabulary and common technical/business vocabulary Developing skills to grasp paragraph structures Developing skills to grasp main points accurately Improving accuracy in comprehension
Oral: Identifying the areas to improve Developing skills to give oral reports Developing skills to express opinions in group discussion situations
Writing: Developing summary writing skills Expanding advanced-level phrases
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Reading: Students read assigned articles and work on comprehesion questions. The questions are discussed in class (in Japanese). Vocaburary/phrases quiz almost every day.
Oral: Students give several oral reports in class and self-review the video-recorded performances.
Writing: Students write several article summaries.
Solid basic grammar knowledge is essential. Students are supposed to have compeleted the prerequisite course or an equivalent course successfully.
Class assignments and grading
Reading articles; preparation for oral reports; writing summaries
Quizzes 20% Oral reports 10% Homework 45% Final Exam 15% Class participation 10%