International University of Japan / CENTER for LANGUAGE EDUCATION and RESEARCH

LANGUAGE

English Language Program

Academic English Program

English is the single official medium of communication at IUJ. Thus, prior to their entrance to IUJ, all IUJ students are fluent enough in the English language in order to matriculate in graduate-level courses. However, the English Language Program offers first year courses to those students who need to develop their academic English skills when they join IUJ. In addition, second year optional courses are offered to students who wish to further develop their English language skills.

Regular term courses

Courses are divided into sections taught by different instructors. A maximum class
size of 15 students is maintained for each section of a course in order to make the classes interactive, ensure high level of participation from all the students, and meet their individual academic English writing needs through one-one-one tutorials.
The following types of English language classes are offered.

1st year (required courses)

Fall Winter Spring
Academic EnglishⅠ Academic EnglishⅡ Academic EnglishⅢ

2nd year (Optional courses)

Fall Winter Spring
English for Thesis WritingⅠ English for Thesis WritingⅡ
English for Thesis WritingⅡ

This is a basic level course on academic writing skills offered to students who are non-native speakers of English, in their first year of studies at IUJ, and need to develop their academic English. This course focuses on developing skills for organization and logical development in short academic papers. It also focuses on accurate and clear sentence structure as well as the use of appropriate academic vocabulary. The course consists of two related components: (1) Skills for academic English writing and vocabulary (two periods a week); (2) Grammatical accuracy (one period a week).
(One credit; three 90-minute classes per week; two individual tutorial sessions per term.)

This course is a continuation of Academic English I (AEI/AE1), which is offered in Fall. Students whose AEI grades do not reach exemption level are required to take this course. Similar to AEI, the course focuses on academic writing skills, especially organization and logical development, accuracy and clarity of sentence structure, and the use of appropriate academic vocabulary. AEII also focuses specifically on data commentary and analysis, paraphrasing, and summarizing of source material. The course consists of two related components: (1) Skills for academic English writing and vocabulary (two periods a week); (2) Grammatical accuracy (one period a week)
(One credit; three 90-minute classes per week; two individual tutorial sessions per term.)

Students whose AEII grades do not reach exemption level are required to take this course. This course builds upon the AEII course offered in winter. It reinforces the skills learned during the winter term classes and further develops writing skills and basic grammatical/vocabulary accuracy. It tries to create links with students’ writing activities in their content courses, particularly their thesis writing. Students work on individual writing projects in consultation with the instructor.
(One credit; three 90-minute classes per week; two individual tutorial sessions per term.)

This course is designed for second year students in either GSIR or GSIM who are non-native speakers of English. It is especially designed to help second year students who are (1) new to IUJ and/or (2) in need of further academic English assistance, and wish to prepare themselves to start writing their thesis. It aims to give students the fundamental knowledge of English writing necessary before starting to write their thesis paper.
(One credit; two 90-minute classes per week; two individual tutorial sessions per term.)

This course is designed for second-year students who are non-native speakers of English. It aims to help students develop writing skills that can be directly applied to their IUJ thesis/research essay. All the activities and assignments of the course are linked to this goal. The basic goals of the course are developing an understanding of: an academic writing style emphasizing clarity, accuracy, and logic; basic principles of organization and development in academic writing; structure and organization of research papers; and proper attribution of source material. All writing assignments are linked to students’ thesis writing activities. Students engage in writing one or more chapters of their actual thesis draft (e.g., introductions, literature review, and methodology).
The fall term ETWII course is suitable for those students who are not weak in English, have a clear thesis topic, and are prepared to starting writing their thesis draft. The winter term ETWII course is a continuation of the ETWI fall term course. Students who take ETWI during the fall term usually enroll in this winter course.
(One credit; two 90-minute classes per week; two individual tutorial sessions per term.)

Students whose AEII grades do not reach exemption level are required to take this course. This course builds upon the AEII course offered in winter. It reinforces the skills learned during the winter term classes and further develops writing skills and basic grammatical/vocabulary accuracy. It tries to create links with students’ writing activities in their content courses, particularly their thesis writing. Students work on individual writing projects in consultation with the instructor.
(One credit; three 90-minute classes per week; two individual tutorial sessions per term.)