|科目の目的・到達目標||Have you ever wondered why you study English language in school and university in Japan? Did you know that the English language did not originally come from England? Did you know that the English language nearly died out before it became the world’s most important international language. Did you know that Britain’s favourite food is not fish and chips? Why is tea Britain’s favourite drink? Do you know why rugby is played in Japan? Why is cricket more popular than baseball around the world? Do you know how many of the world’s most successful pop and rock stars sing in English? Did you know that Britain’s favourite aunt is not a person?
Although Britain is a very small nation, the country, its language and its people have had a significant effect on the rest of the world. How and why has that happened? This course aims to help you discover the answers to those questions. Another aim of this course is to provide students with an accurate picture of life in modern Britain and how and why it has developed in the way it has. To understand Britain’s culture and language today, it is necessary to understand the past, so there is a strong emphasis on studying British history and how different themes and events are interlinked. This course will also attempt to dispel some misconceptions regarding Britain and the people who live there.
|授業の概要||This course will be conducted in English. The course will comprise a mixture of lecture, reading, listening and discussion. There will also be opportunities to listen to music and radio broadcasts, watch clips from television programmes and films, and to read newspaper and magazine articles. Students will also be expected to do their own research on some of the topics included in the course.|
|授業計画||The schedule below is tentative and subject to change.
Week 1. Course introduction (explanation of class rules and requirements); British language & culture quiz
Week 2. British Pre-history & early history (The Celts, Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings)
Week 3. The Normans & Plantagenets (The impact on literature, music, folk tales and English)
Week 4. The Tudors & Stuarts (Religious, social and political revolutions)
Week 5. British colonialisation & its impact on the world
Week 6. The industrial revolution & its impact on the world
Week 7. The development of democracy & the impact of immigration
Week 8. British holidays and festivals, Part 1 (Christmas & New Year, Easter)
Week 9. British holidays and festivals, Part 2 (Other holidays and special days)
Week 10. Languages of Britain, Part 1 (The development of English)
Week 11. Languages of Britain, Part 1 & Languages of Britain, Part 2 (Understanding regional English)
Week 12. Languages of Britain, Part 2 (Understanding regional English)
Week 13. Sport in Britain, Part 1 (football)
Week 14. Sport in Britain, Part 2 (rugby, cricket, tennis, etc.)
Week 15. Sport in Britain, Part 2 (rugby, cricket, tennis, etc.)
|評価方法||Grades will be based on student class work (25%), homework (25%), attendance (25%), and an end-of-term test (25%). Retesting will not be available. There is an absence limit of 30% of classes and a lateness limit of 20 minutes.|
|テキスト・参考文献等||There is no required text for this class. All handouts will be provided by the teacher.|
|授業外の学習活動||Students will be required to do a small amount of homework using the Study Centre (on the web site) related to each topic studied in the course. This will help check the students’ understanding of the material and to prepare for the test at the end of the semester.|