|科目の目的・到達目標||The Critical Reading courses focus on the comprehension and critical interpretation of English texts, with special reference to materials in the Policy Sciences and Cultural Studies. Work in the courses will include activities designed to help students recognise key issues in the texts under discussion, and to identify and make critical judgements about an author’s conclusions, stated or unstated premises, and methods of persuasion. Particular attention will be given to analysis of the structures of English arguments as they are manifest in the course readings.|
|授業の概要||The central objective of this course is to help the students develop critical reading skills for academic English. To that aim, the first semester course focuses on learning two summary techniques that are particular beneficial for highlighting content organization and prioritizing details, namely, mind map (MM) (Buzan & Buzan, 1994) and the PQ4R method of reading textbooks (Rathus, 2008). This first semester course also focuses on the importance of learning academic vocabulary and incorporates some exercises based on the Academic Word List (AWL) (Coxhead, 2002). It also draws on material from McWhorter (2014), such as (1) strategies for active reading, (2) fundamental comprehension skills, (3) vocabulary skills, (4) patterns of academic thought, and (5) learning from textbooks. During the second half of the semester, students will practice using MMs in reading, summarizing and discussing a number of short articles on the issue of freewill.
The majority of classes during this course will begin with a vocabulary related activity, particularly, the AWL related activity from week 5. In addition to group reading of extracts from McWhorter (2014) throughout the course, many classes in the second half of the semester will focus on discussing a number of short articles on the issue of freewill, as an exercise in developing critical reading.
|授業計画||Week 1 Introduction [WordPower1 activity + introductions]
Week 2 Mind mapping [WordPower2 activity]; Self-introduction draft
Week 3 PQ4R reading method [WordPower3 activity]; Self-introduction revision
Week 4 Academic word list introduction; Self-introduction submission
Week 5 AWL sublist1: Group reading of McWhorter
Week 6 AWL sublist2: Group reading
Week 7 AWL sublist3: Group reading: Intro to freewill issue
Week 8 AWL sublist4: Group reading: Freewill issue discussion 1
Week 9 AWL sublist5: Group reading: Freewill issue discussion 2
Week 10 AWL sublist6: Group reading: Freewill issue discussion 3
Week 11 AWL sublist7: Group reading: Freewill issue discussion 4
Week 12 AWL sublist8: Group reading
Week 13 AWL sublist9: Group reading
Week 14 AWL sublist10: Submit freewill work; Semester 2 plan with preparation assignment
・AWL exercises 35%
・Freewill issue 50%
Note: Students who are absent four times or more during the semester will receive an F grade.
|テキスト・参考文献等||There is no textbook assignment; course materials will be provided in a series of handouts.|
|授業外の学習活動||Students are required to spend sufficient time each week to complete their preparations for class-related activities, including preparing AWL word maps, and reading the set of texts on freewill issue and preparing summary MMs for them.|