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English lessons in the English Major are organised around six language lessons per week during the first and second years of the course. These lessons are compulsory, and progression to the second and third years is dependent upon the completion each year of 12 credit points (given once a year).

Characteristics of the Curriculum

English lessons in the English Major are organised around six language lessons per week during the first and second years of the course. These lessons are compulsory, and progression to the second and third years is dependent upon the completion each year of 12 credit points (given once a year).

First Year English: English I (six periods a week; a total of 12 credit points). The content of this subject is organised around the following principles.
Basic Knowledge and Skills: The basic knowledge and skills needed for the study of English are covered (two periods). Lectures on important topics, dictation tests and drills are all employed on a parallel basis to ensure a thorough understanding of the areas of pronunciation (phonetics), grammar, vocabulary and the history of English, which are absolutely essential in any future study of English.
Communicative Problem Solving Strategies: Students examine effective strategies that facilitate smooth communication (two periods). The goal is comprehensive improvement in the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing necessary for studying English at the university level. Presentation skills and the basics of academic writing are also covered. Reading and Content Understanding: Students learn to read with care and to fully comprehend the content of written material (two periods). This part of the course aims to further the skills of analysing and interpreting text in detail and tasks will be given (such as writing essays as a part of actual writing practice) to assess the actual attainment of these skills.

Second Year English: English II (six periods a week; a total of twelve credit points). The content of this subject is organised around the following principles.
Thematic Approaches to English: English is studied around different themes (six periods). Using various textbooks covering a variety of topics, students gain an understanding of different topics whilst developing skills in many areas such as problem identification, accessing research literature, application of theories, critical thinking, reporting of findings, discussion skills and thesis writing.

Third Year English and Fourth Year English: Second semester language major subjects (2 credit points each) are to be taken, one at third year level and one at fourth year level, making a total of 4 credit points). The content of these subjects is organized around the following principle.

Advanced English Workshop (10 periods per semester): Building on the foundation of the first and second years, students are expected to take their English ability across the board to a higher level in terms of usage, reading skills and breadth of expression. There is a choice of ‘English Reading’ (one or two periods) or ‘English Communication Seminar’ (one or two periods). A variety of topics is covered, including detailed reading and comprehension of texts, acquisition and application of specialist vocabulary, the many facets of international English, introduction to interpreting, oral presentation & discussion, writing a graduation thesis in English etc.

Careers After Graduation

Graduates in English are well sought after in the areas of government, foreign trade (including foreign-based companies), banking, insurance as well as the press, publishing, broadcasting, manufacturing and retailing. Graduates from TUFS work tirelessly in these areas, fully applying their knowledge of English to their areas of calling. In addition, TUFS graduates have a long tradition of serving as educators in public and private high schools.

Staff

SOHMIYA, Kiyoko Professor Semantics; English-Japanese Contrastive Linguistics
SAITO, Hiroko Professor English Linguistics (especially English phonetics and phonology)
NOMURA, Keizo Associate Professor English Linguistics (especially English pragmatics and English sociolinguistics)
URATA, Kazuyuki Professor English Linguistics (especially the history of English)
YOSHITOMI, Asako Professor Applied Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition
SUZUKI, Akira Professor Critical theory; Cultural theory; Anglo-Irish literature
KATO, Yuji Associate Professor American literature; Comparative literature; Critical theory
KANAI, Koutaro Professor Western history; American political history
SASAKI, Takahiro Professor History (American social history)
WAKAMATSU, Kunihiro Associate Professor Comparative political studies of Western Europe, policy process analysis
KANO, Caroline Elizabeth Visiting  Professor English language
MILLER, Matthew Kenneth Visiting Associate Lecturer English language
BOSTON, Jeremy Scott Visiting Associate Lecturer English language
UCHIDA, Satoru Visiting Associate Lecturer English language