D2 English (Fall) Course 教養英語


J Dennisson

Associate Professor

Jeanette Dennisson is an instructor at Tokyo Medical and Dental University. She is currently involved in teaching and developing programs that incorporate Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) for undergraduate students in the health sciences.


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In this course, we will improve oral communication competency through both informal discussions and formal academic-style presentations. Discussions and presentations will mainly focus on describing health-related topics using easy, non-technical terminology.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to…

  1. summarize science-related topics using easy, non-technical terminology
  2. ask appropriate questions and respond to them during discussions and presentations
  3. use the internet and/or other English resources to find reliable, current health-related information
  4. create basic academic Power Point presentation slides/poster in English
  5. provide peer evaluations on presentation performance



                            Attendance:      15%

                 Class assignments:      40%

                      Weekly Quizzes:      15%

               Poster presentation:      10%

           Final oral presentation:      20%


Attendance is required. Attendance is evaluated on a 6-point scale. Points are given when students actively participate in class and subtracted when students are late, sleep or do things not related to the class activity. All students must tap in by 9:10 to receive any attendance points. Six absences is automatic failure of the class. 

Class assignments include 1) summarising four news articles (two by teacher and two by student) from Sciencedaily.com; 2) summarising six Ted Talks (three by teacher and three by student); 3) peer feedback of poster presentation; 4) peer feedback of oral powerpoint presentation; and 5) asking questions to presenters during poster and oral sessions.

Weekly quizzes will test vocabulary knowledge of teacher and student articles/talks.


Fall Schedule: 1st Period (8:50-10:20)

Date Class Class Content Presentation Submission Deadlines
9月29日 Class 1 Introduction  
10月6日 Class 2 Teacher article discussion 1 Poster topic
10月13日 Class 3 Student article discussion 1  
10月20日 Class 4 Teacher article discussion 2 Poster outline
10月27日 Class 5 Student article discussion 2  
11月10日 Class 6 Poster presentation session Final printed poster (A0 size)
11月17日 Class 7 Teacher TED talk discussion 1 Oral Presentation topic
11月24日 Class 8 Student TED Talk discussion 1  
12月1日 Class 9 Teacher TED talk discussion 2 Oral Presentation outline
12月8日 Class 10 Student TED Talk discussion 2  
12月15日 Class 11

Teacher TED talk discussion 3

Oral presentation VA practice

Oral presentation Visual aids (VAs)
1月5日 Class 12 Oral presentation slide peer feedback Rough Draft of powerpoint slides
1月12日 Class 13 Oral presentation session 1 Group A (Final Powerpoint slides)
1月19日 Class 14 Oral presentation session 2 Group B (Final Powerpoint slides)



Students are expected to prepare for poster and oral presentations outside of class time. It is recommended to have regular access to some form of portable electronic device (e.g., tablet, notebook PC) for use in- and outside the class.


Most authentic material will come from two websites: Science Daily (www.sciencedaily.com) and/or TED Talks (www.ted.com). There is no textbook.

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