Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2024Year School/Graduate School School of Science
Lecture Code HC000100 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name 物理学英語
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English for Physics
イナミ ハナエ,リプタック ザカリー ジョン
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 2nd-Year,  First Semester,  First Semester
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (1st) Weds7-8:SCI E002 AV,SCI E102
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
(More Details)
Students will prepare presentations or written assignments in English each week about a current physics or scientific topic and participate in in-class discussions. 
Credits 2.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction E : English
Course Level 3 : Undergraduate High-Intermediate
Course Area(Area) 21 : Fundamental Competencies for Working Persons
Course Area(Discipline) 06 : Globalization/International cooperation studies
Eligible Students 2nd-year students
Keywords Physics, English, reading, listening, writing, speaking 
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
English ability: understanding and communication of scientific topics in English will be used in evaluations. 
Criterion referenced
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・Knowledge and understanding of specialized field of elementary particle physics, cosmophysics, astrophysics, solid-state physics, condensed matter physics and radiation physics.
・Acquiring science english・foreign language that you can practice reading comprehension, journal publication, conference presentation. 
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
Students will gain experience with the four language abilities (speaking, reading, writing, listening) in English, particularly with the aim of improving their understanding and communication of physics research. Students will also learn from each other by working in pairs and having discussions in the class. 
Class Schedule Lesson 1: Introduction
Lesson 2: Student self-introductions in English
Lesson 3-15: Presentations by paired students and discussions with the students in the audience (English only)

Students will prepare presentations about physics or general scientific topics, and participate in discussions after each presentation. Students will also be required to prepare a short summary of a topic when not presenting. 
Class material: Topics for presentation and discussion will be given in class.
Reference material (suggested): Dictionaries (English-English; English-Japanese; Specialized physics/science), English texts, English writing style guide 
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(More Details) The course will utilize scientific articles, podcasts, and videos as sources for both presentations and discussions. Given that the focus is on learning through discussion, the course will be held exclusively in person and in a classroom setting. Students in charge of delivering presentations must prepare slides using software such as Microsoft PowerPoint, Apple Keynote, Google Slides etc., with the option to convert them to PDF format for their presentation. The assignment reports are to be typed using software such as Microsoft Word, Apple Pages, Google Docs etc. and then submitted in a PDF format. 
Learning techniques to be incorporated  
Suggestions on
Preparation and
Students presenting will submit slides in English on their selected topic. Practice is required and it is strongly encouraged to do this with your pair.
In order to actively participate in in-class discussions, students not presenting will be required to submit one or more written questions for the presenters along with their written assignment. 
Requirements 1. Preparation is necessary for each class. Reference materials may be consulted, particularly for technical or unusual topics.
2.  Students will be required to submit a written assignment about topics to be discussed.
3. Active participation in in-class discussion is required. Students will be expected to actively ask questions and contribute to discussions after presentations. 
Grading Method In-class presentations and discussion (about 60%)
Written assignments (about 40%)
In-class discussion participation will be particularly noted. The reports will be evaluated via a plagiarism checker and the students will be benefitted most if they develop independent writing skills. 
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Message English will likely form the basis of many students' research, even at the undergraduate and graduate level.  We aim to prepare students for their future careers by fostering the ability to communicate their results and ideas and to understand others in an increasingly global scientific community. 
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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