|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 second semester course seeks to further develop the critical reading skills of the students by working through Browne & Keeley’s (2015) book entitled Asking the right questions: A guide to critical thinking. It introduces a number of important questions that the critical reader should ask when approaching an academic text, such as those relating to (1) issues and conclusions, (2) arguments, (3) assumptions, (4) reasoning fallacies, (5) types of evidence, (6) alternative explanations, and (7) deceptive or omitted information. During the semester, students will apply these skills in summarizing a number of readings, initially, on self-selected news articles, but, then, to various texts as part of a reading project on a single self-selected academic topic.
Most second semester classes will follow a similar pattern. During the first 30-45 minutes of class, four students will present their MM summaries for that week’s chapter from Browne & Keeley (2015), in order to both reflect on the content and to mutually develop MM skills. During the final part of each class, students will present MM summaries for self-selected texts. While these texts can initially be news articles on various topics during the first 4 weeks, over the final 10 weeks of semester, all self-selected readings should be related to a single topic. Moreover, for the reading project, students are expected to both read a variety of materials, including journal articles and books and present in class their MM summaries of the readings.
|授業計画||Week 1 Browne & Keeley (2015) C01 MMs; Article MMs
Week 2 Browne & Keeley (2015) C02 MMs; Article MMs
Week 3 Browne & Keeley (2015) C03 MMs; Article MMs
Week 4 Browne & Keeley (2015) C04 MMs; Article MMs
Week 5 Browne & Keeley (2015) C05 MMs; Article MMs
Week 6 Browne & Keeley (2015) C06 MMs; Reading project MMs
Week 7 Browne & Keeley (2015) C07 MMs; Reading project MMs
Week 8 Browne & Keeley (2015) C08 MMs; Reading project MMs
Week 9 Browne & Keeley (2015) C09 MMs; Reading project MMs
Week 10 Browne & Keeley (2015) C10 MMs; Reading project MMs
Week 11 Browne & Keeley (2015) C11 MMs; Reading project MMs
Week 12 Browne & Keeley (2015) C12 MMs; Reading project MMs
Week 13 Browne & Keeley (2015) C13 MMs; Reading project MMs
Week 14 Reading project MMs
|評価方法||・Chapter MMs and presentations 30%
・Reading project MMs and presentations 70%
NB: Students will be expected to prepare and present at least 8 MMs in total over the semester, with the balance of those for chapters and reading project consistent with grade ratio (see Preparation and review times below for more explanation).
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 classes. These include reading the Browne & Keeley (2015) chapters and preparing MM summaries, with at least two of those to be presented in class over the semester. Moreover, students are also expected to prepare and make regular presentations of MM summaries for self-selected articles, initially for news articles, but from week 5 and targeting to present 5-6 MM summaries of materials (books and journal articles rather than web-based materials) related to a single reading project topic. For the reading project, the final MM should be a combined MM that attempts to synthesize the information from all reading project sources.