International Leadership Course
Three-year International Course
Students will learn one phrasal verb or idiom each week, and a realistic dialogue to go with it.
Students will learn to avoid the most common grammar mistakes made by non-native speakers of English.
Students will learn critical reading skills.
There will be daily homework, weekly written and listening tests, written and spoken midterms, and written and spoken final exams. Spoken exams are always speeches or interviews or presentations.
Students will keep a journal of all their corrected essays and speeches.
Throughout the course, students are taught in all skills required to master a language: listening, speaking, grammar, reading, and writing.
Students are also intensively taught the skills necessary for public communication: public speaking, filming, journalistic, business, and technical writing, and computer presentations.
At the end of the course, students' English ability will be equal to that of a second year university English major in Japan.
Students will be able to score over 600 on the TOEIC test and over 150 on the TOEFL computer-based test.
Students will be able to think and communicate clearly and logically.
Students will be able to go to any university in Japan or overseas that they really want to go to.
ILC Second Year
Term One (April-July)
Students will begin critical reading of newspaper and magazine articles. They will be expected to define the meaning of new words, answer questions about the articles, and express their opinions about the subject matter in short (less than 150 word) essays. This will continue throughout the school year.
Students will write a unique fairy tale essay and tell their story to the class in the form of a speech.
Students will learn to solve problems in unique and logical ways using the limited materials available. They must then endeavor to convince other students that their solution to the problem is the best.
Students will learn how to agree or disagree with other people politely and state their reasons clearly and logically.
Students will identify a real-life problem and form a logical solution to the problem. This will be done in small groups. The problem and the solution will be presented to the class.
Students will learn to paraphrase sentences and short paragraphs in English.
Students will learn to summarize short paragraphs.
Students will continue to learn problem solving and logical thinking skills. They will also learn beginning argument and negotiation skills.
Students will learn how to use countable nouns and uncountable nouns, particularly in relation to sets, measurements, and amounts.
Students will learn fundamental research skills.
Students will learn how to paraphrase and summarize articles and essays.
Students will learn how to use a powerpoint slide show as a tool in a presentation.
The students will learn basic teaching skills.
The students will make a 10 minute teaching presentation about a little-known country. The students will use a powerpoint slide show as a visual aid in the presentation. Each group will also make a test for their fellow students over the subject matter presented.
Students will learn video-making and video-editing skills. In groups of three, they will make a one minute commercial about a product they create themselves.
Students will practice their skills in arguing with and convincing others through doing 10 minute debates in teams of two. These debates are designed to be a thorough review of the students' ability to explain how to do things, describe inanimate objects, argue with someone else, and combine logic and emotion in a convincing manner.
Term Two (September-December)
Students will learn how to describe Japanese items.
Students will research Australia for their upcoming study experience there.
Students will participate in a special five-day camp that will prepare them for their upcoming experience in Australia. During the camp, the students will make a speech describing the gift that they have chosen to give their Australian host-family. They will also give a group presentation to the rest of the class on one state in Australia. The students will learn about Australian culture and how to get along in Australia.
Students will spend about 6 weeks in Australia. The first week is will be spent camping, and the other five weeks are spent as a home-stay. During this time, the students will take English conversations classes and Australian culture lessons at Trinity Lutheran College.
After returning to Japan, students will learn to use Microsoft Word to format and write a formal essay.
Students will improve their essay writing skills, focusing on making their essays interesting to their readers.
Students will learn to write a comparative essay.
Students will write a formal essay about a cultural aspect of Australia. The student must write specific observations about the cultural aspect, compare it to a similar cultural aspect in Japan, and analyze the difference logically. The student will perfect the essay, type it, and it will be published in the school's annual Australian Home-stay Experiences book.
Students will make a speech about an interesting experience they had in Australia. They must have learned something from the experience. The speech will be written entirely in the past tense. The student will describe the experience and what they learned in vivid detail.
Term Three (January-March)
Each student will make a 5-10 minute opinion speech about something they feel is an important problem for themselves and the world around them. The goal of the speech is to convince their fellow students that their opinion is correct. In the speech, the student must use logical reasons, clear examples, factual evidence, and strong emotion. They must also have at least one practical solution to the problem.
Students will make a 15 minute news presentation summarizing the most newsworthy events from November through February. The news presentation will include international news, national news, sports, weather, and two fifteen-second commercials. It may also include local news, human interest stories, critical reviews and entertainment, business news, etc. powerpoint, background music, and video must be used in the presentation. The students will also design their own sets and make all their own props.