This course provides further opportunities for learners to develop their knowledge of western society customs and culture through a series of English lectures, songs and videos. Opportunities are also provided to develop students’ English communication ability via English role-plays and group discussion tasks.
1. engage in role-play tasks in which they produce targeted language phrases
2. practice note-taking while listening to songs and lectures in English
3. discuss intercultural topic based questions with partners in English
4. write 3-paragraph online discussion posts in English containing information about the following topics: (Music; My most important job factors; and Travel and tourism)
1週目 Topic: World Music (group discussion) / Role-play: Inviting and refusing invitations (pair work) / Listening: English song 1 / Lecture: Music 2週目 Topic: Folktales (group discussion) / Role-play: Re-telling a story in past tense (pair work) / Listening: English song 2 / Lecture: Momotaro the Peachboy (in English) 3週目 Topic: Compliments (group discussion) / Role-play: Giving and accepting compliments (pair work) / Listening: English song 3 / Lecture: Giving and accepting compliments 4週目 Topic: Money and Job Satisfaction (group discussion) / Online discussion post: Job satisfaction factors / Listening: English song 4 / Lecture: Job Satisfaction Factors 5週目 Topic: Superstitions (group discussion) / Using If clauses to express superstitions (pair work) / Listening: English song 5 / Lecture: Superstitions 6週目 Topic: Bars, restaurants & cafes (group discussion) / Role-play: Ordering at a cafe and at a restaurant (pair work) / Listening: English song 6 / Lecture: Restaurants, Bars and Cafes 7週目 Revision of topics and role-plays from lessons 1-6 / Listening: English song 7 / Lecture: Lessons 1-6 revision 8週目 Topic: Crime and Punishment 1 (group discussion) / Role-play: Reporting a theft (pair work) / Listening: English song 8 / Lecture: Crime and punishment 9週目 Topic: Travel and Tourism (group discussion) / Role-play: Booking a holiday (pair work) / Listening: English song 9 / Lecture: Travel tips for traveling abroad 10週目 Topic: Etiquette (group discussion) / Online discussion post: Etiquette customs / Listening: English song 10 / Lecture: Etiquette and manners 11週目 Topic: Men and Women (1) (group discussion) / Role-play: Expressing wishes and hopes 1 (pair work) / Listening: English song 11 / Lecture: Women and men 12週目 Topic: Wedding customs (group discussion) / Role-play: Planning an event / Listening: English song 12 / Lecture: Wedding traditions and customs 13週目 Topic: Western Universities (group discussion) / Role-play: Checking in at an international airport (pair work) / Listening: English song 13 / Lecture: Japanese vs. Australian universities 14週目 Revision of Lessons 1-13 topics and main points / Listening: English song 14 / Lecture: Lessons 1-13 revision 15週目 End-of-term test / Listening: English song 15 / Lecture: Culture and trivia quiz 16週目 Review, Test return and feedback, Conclusion
(The instructor reserves the right to modify the course schedule.)
(1) Buy a clear file to keep all of your lecture notes. You will be tested on information in your lecture notes at the end of the semester.
(2) Complete online discussion forum assignments on time.
(3) Attend class and participate in class discussions and activities.