The English Education Development Center (EEDC) of Toyo-Gakuen University was established in 2004 to respond to the English language needs of students across all departments of the University. Our mission is to provide students with the opportunity to acquire a good command of English so as to prepare them for their future careers in today’s internationalized society.
To achieve this, we have consistently endeavored to improve our educational system and have designed a curriculum to help students make steady progress in English throughout their university careers. Our aim is to motivate students to persevere with their English and to become effective cross-cultural communicators.
In our curriculum, all first-year students are required to take a placement test so that they can be allocated to a small class at the appropriate level; they will then take four 90-minute English classes a week for two semesters. Our international teaching staff work in close cooperation to ensure an integrated learning experience, making use of state-of-the-art multimedia equipment to provide students with the ideal conditions to master the four basic language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking.
After securing this firm foundation in the first year, students are subsequently allowed to choose from among a wide variety of options ranging from skill-oriented courses to content-based instruction, designed to meet their diverse individual needs and interests. In addition to these courses, EEDC also offers a three-year course entitled ALPS (Academic Language-learning and Professional Skills) which provides additional motivation and support for a limited number of especially keen and able students. The course comprises two weekly 90-minute classes given by two lecturers from English speaking countries.
As we attach great importance to independent and self-directed learning, we also encourage students to learn and practice for themselves in the “English Lounge” on Nagareyama Campus as part of their extracurricular activities.
The English Lounge is a well-appointed self-access language learning center in which students have free access to a variety of resources including dictionaries, books, magazines and DVDs as well as computer stations which enable them to pursue an individualized language learning program. Probably the major benefit and the real significance of the facility, however, lies in the fact that one or two members of EEDC and a student intern, all native speakers of English, are stationed there on a daily basis; they provide students with an invaluable human resource, enabling them to practice speaking English or to ask for advice on how to improve their written English in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere on any weekday.
The Lounge is also the setting for a number of seasonal events such as the Star Festival (Tanabata), Halloween and Christmas, which offer opportunities to a wider range of students to join in our activities.
“Practice makes perfect”---that’s the motto of the English Lounge.
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