Go Forward


明治大学情報コミュニケーション学部 分析ゼミナール(3年生)紹介
ドゥ・ティモシー 専任講師


 Every language is unique. Recently, technology has improved so that we can translate sentences instantly. However, we often lose the feeling of our messages when we do this. In this seminar, we will look at different ways of analyzing English to improve our communication skills and understand more about the culture of the English language.
 This seminar is conducted entirely in English so that students will have many chances to practice the ideas that we will research and discuss.
Second Language Acquisition, Language Teaching Methodology, Discourse and Conversation Analysis
 For these two academic years you will learn the different methods that linguists have used to analyze language, and use these methods to develop your English knowledge and communicative abilities. The topics and tasks are:
1. Language functions: Defining language learning needs, making language learning goals and objectives, planning self-study for language learning.
2. Language structure: Analyzing English texts for complexity, accuracy, and fluency, identifying strengths and weaknesses of a language learner’s English.
3. Vocabulary: Analyzing a text for vocabulary complexity and density, using vocabulary learning strategies, planning self-study for vocabulary development.
4. Language learning strategies: Identifying language learning strategies, evaluating the effectiveness of language learning strategies.
5. Interactional competence: Identifying the characteristics of effective interactions, analyzing discussions, using strategies to enhance interactional competence.
6. Conversation analysis: Identifying preferred and dispreferred responses in interactions, analyzing politeness strategies, comparing higher and lower proficiency learners’ interactions.
7. English for specific purposes: Identifying features of academic and business English, organizing texts according to genre and/or discourse requirements.
8. Second language acquisition: Planning language learning and development in instructed and non-instructed settings.
This seminar will be conducted entirely in English.