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Department of English Studies

Raising students’ command of the international lingua franca, English, for a career on the global stage

The Department of English aims to equip students with a well-rounded and balanced command of the English language. Through a phased approach, the department develops students’ abilities in reading, listening, writing and speaking. Students use their English to further their understanding of the cultures, societies and thought of English-speaking countries, thereby developing the skills that allow them to communicate on a par with people from around the world. Small classes taught by native speakers (each class averages about 15 students), a variety of exchange programs, and opportunities for international fieldwork help students attain such a standard. Graduates have gone on to work in a variety of areas, including the international arm of major Japanese companies, airlines, travel agencies, hotels, the civil service and schools across the Tokai region, while others have pursued further study at graduate schools both in Japan and abroad.

Curriculum Features

Education in multiple languages

In addition to English, students pick one other language to learn from 6 options including Chinese, French, and German.

An extensive range of foreign language classes taught by native speakers

Approximately half of the department’s roster of language teachers are native speakers. Interaction with native speakers helps students to attain a functional fluency in English and their other foreign language of choice.

Small classes of around 15 give students ample opportunities to practice

Learning a foreign language requires lots of listening and speaking practice. By ensuring that class sizes are kept to a minimum, each student has the opportunity to practice.

Opportunities to carry out fieldwork in the United Kingdom and beyond

Interested first to third year students may take part in a two-week fieldwork program in either the United Kingdom or the United States. By engaging in communication with locals, students learn about the country’s contemporary and traditional culture, tourism, society and economy.

Three Course Models

The Department of English Studies has introduced course system since 2016. With the introduction of course system we have changed the curriculum and started to offer new subjects. Students can choose their course from the following three courses from the second year on.

Language Studies: For students who want to develop their English communication skills

After developing a good command of English and a deep insight into the cultures of English-speaking countries, students learn the skills needed to communicate with people from other parts of the globe.
Choice of subjects: English Linguistics, History of English, Mass Media English, English Grammar, English Language and Culture

Business: For students who want to pursue a career in the airline industry or international business

For students who want to work for an airline, travel agency, hotel, or the international arm of a Japanese company, a high level of linguistic competence and understanding of international society is essential. This model helps students achieve this.
Choice of subjects: Business Communication, Business English, Business in Asia, Tourism and Airline Industries, Business Presentation Skills, Interpretation Skills between Japanese and English, Translation Skills between Japanese and English

Education: For students who want to work as an English teacher

Students who select this course model learn about the fundamental principles behind foreign language teaching. Elevating students from learners to teachers, this model imparts not only knowledge relating to the English language, but also about how to study and teach a language. Students who choose this model aim to achieve a teaching qualification by the end of their studies.
Choice of subjects: Second Language Acquisition, English Teaching Methods, English Literature, American Literature, American History, British History, English Phonetics

Common features of study offered by all three course models

In their first and second years, all students must study one other language in addition to English. Students may choose from German, French, Chinese, Korean, Russian or Thai, and, should they wish, may also continue their study of this second language in their third and fourth years. We also recommend that students actively engage in the opportunities we offer them to go abroad on a short-term, or long-term study program.