||In this class, we will take an innovative approach to develop listening and speaking skills by using a textbook focused on leadership and positive psychology. Importantly, the text is read aloud by the author in the unabridged audiobook that is also a required text. Students will develop academic English skills and test-taking skills in a range of academic listening and speaking tasks.
||The goal of this course is to engage students in exercises that aim to consider topics in positive psychology and improve critical thinking skills. Students will learn new concepts and encounter new perspectives. As they do tasks focused on learning academic English, they will identify their own assumptions about the world, and have them challenged. In sum, students will engage in logical thinking about positive psychology principles while using English to do so.
|2||Synergy (Reading and Listening)|
|4||Urgency versus Importance (Reading and Listening)|
|5||Urgency versus Importance (Speaking)|
|6||Beginning with the End in Mind (Reading andListening)|
|7||Beginning with the End in Mind (Speaking)|
|8||Paradigms and Perspectives (Reading and Listening)|
|9||Paradigms and Perspectives (Speaking)|
|10||Four Aspects of Renewal (Reading and Listening)|
|11||Four Aspects of Renewal (Speaking)|
|12||The Upward Spiral (Reading and Listening)|
|13||The Upward Spiral (Speaking)|
|14||Empathic Listening (Reading and Listening)|
||(1) PAPER TEXT: Covey, S.『The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People 30th Anniversary Edition』(Simon & Schuster) ISBN: 978-1982137274 (Although other editions are available, be sure to get the 30th Anniversary Edition.)
(2) UNABRIDGED AUDIO VERSION: Covey, S.『The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People 30th Anniversary Edition』(Simon & Schuster Audio; Available on Audible, and other websites that provide audiobooks.)
||Students should be prepared to study for about 2 hours before every class. Every week there will be extensive online homework assigned.
||Students should read and listen to the assigned homework before each class in order to participate fruitfully in class activities.
||Evaluation will be based on quizzes that cover vocabulary and main text comprehension (35%), speaking tasks (35%), and the final test (30%). Attendance will be closely monitored, and students absent from 4 classes or more will not earn credit.
||The required texts for this class are quite expensive. Students must purcase both the paperback version and the 15-hour unabridged audiobook for listening. The instructor hopes that students will return to this book many times to both enhance their English skills and also for guidance in their personal lives. However, if students feel that around 6,000 yen is too much to spend, they should avoid this class.