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International Course Subjects

Below are the subjects (and the number of periods in parentheses) specific to the International Course ONLY for students who entered Fukiai High School in April of 2015.

Thus, the Year 11 (2年生) subjects listed will be taken by those same first-graders in 2016-2017.




NOTE:  
 (1)*mandatory subjects     
 (2) Asian Studies is taught in Japanese.
 (3) Spanish I & Chinese I are prerequisites for those languages the following year
 (4) Introduction to Japanese Culture is taught mainly in Japanese, but partly in English.

Here is the 3-year Course of Studies for students who entered Fukiai High in April of 2013.

 

International Course - Global Studies Classes

Click on the chart (on the right) to see a more detailed breakdown of:
-
 Global Studies lessons
- Elective Subject choices
- The number of periods allotted to each subject
- Other options


NOTE - this is  specific to the International Course students who entered Fukiai High School in April of 2015.



 

YEAR 10 -  INTERNATIONAL COURSE 1st Graders


Global Studies - GS IA ; GS IB compulsory subject
Click here for an explanation of G.S. subjects

Comprehensive English - S.I (Sougo Eigo Ichi) compulsory subject
Over the course of the year, students will study a wide variety of topics, most of which are relevant to their everyday lives. Recent topics include English learning methods, comparing school life in various countries, and environmental awareness.
  • The focus of this subject is integrated English learning.
  • Besides improving the four core skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, students develop a fifth skill –‘interacting’.
  • Thus, S.I classes often include pair or group work and students are encouraged to help each other and to work together as a team to overcome problems. Students will take part in discussions, debates and give presentations to the rest of the class
Comprehensive English - S.II (Sougo Eigo II) compulsory subject
In this course students can choose between a grammar-based class and an essay writing class.
  • In the grammar writing class students build vocabulary and improve grammar skills through worksheets and a variety of exercises focusing on structure and social register.
  • In the essay writing class students learn how to write many different types of essay (narrative, persuasive etc.).
Cross-cultural Understanding English 1 compulsory subject
This subject brings together the four parts of language (listening, speaking, reading and writing) using a ‘context based approach.’ Students not only gain knowledge about a wide variety of cultures and countries, but also develop a positive attitude and deep appreciation for those diverse cultures. Good use is made of the equipment in the four Computer-Assisted Language Laboratories at Fukiai to make learning English easier and fun. Video clips and movies are used as a tool to introduce and study social issues such as customs, discrimination and gender issues. Student output activities include oral presentations and skits. Classes are split for this subject so one JTE (Japanese Teacher of English) and one ALT team-teach 20 students.


 

YEAR 11 -  INTERNATIONAL COURSE 2nd Graders


Global Studies - GS IIA ; GS IIB ; GS IIC compulsory subject
Click here for an explanation of G.S. subjects

Comprehensive English II compulsory subject

In their second year here, C.E. students are given more freedom to take responsibility for their own learning and work. There is a larger research component (e.g. on Food Culture) leading to presentations to peers. An Extensive Reading component allows students to come into contact with authentic written English and helps develop students' analytical skills (with respect to plot, characters etc.).


E.C (English Comprehension) compulsory subject
In a step up from S.I. in the first year, the Year 11 topics are more advanced, looking at wider, international issues such as AIDS, poverty, globalization and religion.

The focus is on building communication skills (especially reading comprehension) . A variety of audio and visual resources are used to introduce topics, and students are expected to give presentations or other output activities to demonstrate their understanding of a given topic. Recent topics include GM food, microfinance, the U.N. and the Millennium Development Goals.

Current English 2 compulsory subject
Students continue to develop discussion skills, and make use of audiovisual aids to study social issues, but another major topic studied is debate. Students learn all the components of formal debate, including how to research a topic and create constructive and rebuttal speeches. Students take part in intra-class debates and students have the opportunity to join the school debate team.

E.E. (English Expression) compulsory subject
In this course students decide whether to take lessons that focus on teaching useful expressions , grammar and structure at sentence/paragraph level at first (using topics introduced via reading exercises) or to take classes that focus on writing. In the essay building activities students look in detail at what makes a good essay and learn how to write various types of essay on a wide variety of topics. Students also study other literary forms including creative writing and poetry.

 

COM (Communications) elective subject

The goal of this class is to improve students’ communication, and in particular, speaking skills. Students study the different techniques, both verbal (articulation, emotion etc.) and non-verbal (posture, eye-contact, gestures etc.) people use to communicate effectively in English, so they too can become better communicators. This is done in many ways, from watching video clips to taking part in impromptu speeches. Students also learn how to prepare and deliver effective presentations.

 

YEAR 12 -  INTERNATIONAL COURSE  3rd Graders


Global Studies - GS IIIB ; GS IIIC compulsory subject
Click here for an explanation of G.S. subjects

Comprehensive English III compulsory subject
This continues on from the base formed in this subject in Year 11 to fulfill th Ministry of Education objectives shown here:
"To further enhance students’ abilities such as accurately understanding and appropriately conveying information, ideas, etc. and enable them to use such abilities in their social lives, while fostering a positive attitude toward communication through the English language."

E.E. (English Expression) compulsory subject
In this course students can choose between a skill-building class and an essay writing class.
  • In the skill-building class, the focus is on building vocabulary, and improving students critical thinking skills so that they may better express their own ideas about a variety of topics.
  • In the essay based class students look at different kinds of essays and how to write them clearly. One example is procedural essays, when students have to write clear, accurate instructions on how to do something. As well as this students practice speed writing so that they are able to quickly go through the process of brainstorming, analysis, structuring and expression in essay form rapidly.
Current English 3 compulsory subject
Similar to Current English 1 & 2 classes, students may study video clips, movies or documentaries with themes related to social or global issues. The aim is to improve listening comprehension skills, build vocabulary and lead to discussion related to the various issues and themes that arise in the audiovisual teaching materials. The end result may be a student moderated panel discussion about certain dilemmas or issues in the videos.
  • News articles on a wide range of topics are used for small group discussion sessions lead by a pair of student presenters.
  • Students also do a range of listening activities aimed at preparing them for Eiken, TOEIC and university examinations.
E.R. (Extensive Reading) compulsory subject
The aim of this class is to help students read more difficult pieces of writing and then talk about them to improve their understanding and their thinking skills.
In this class students may choose whether to be placed in an advanced or an intermediate class. Thus the class is split into smaller groups to make discussion easier and level-specific.

In both classes, the passage is often a newspaper or magazine article, to help students develop a broader worldview, when discussing topics with their classmates. Extracts from novels and otherreading sources are also used.


COM (Communication) elective subject
This continues on from the base formed in Communication classes in Year 11.

 
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