2013-2014

Course Listings

English Language/American Studies Program

ELAS 0900 College Life Orientation

College Life Orientation facilitates student adjustment to life at Willamette University and in the Salem Community. In spring semester, College Life Orientation guides students in learning “how to” skills and information needed to function in an American university setting. Students explore important cultural differences that may lead to difficulties and misunderstandings and develop the adjustment skills and knowledge they need to have comfortable and successful lives while living and studying in the United States. In the fall, students continue to explore cultural issues in more depth and in addition, focus on self-reflection so they can see what they have gained from their experiences in the United States. Students also develop the adjustment skills and knowledge they will need to reenter Japanese university life. This is a non-credit orientation class.

  • Offering: Spring and Fall

ELAS 100 English I: Listening

In this course, students develop English-language listening skills useful in university contexts. The course’s focus on listening comprehension practice exposes students to interpersonal and academic language used in the community and on campus. Class activities may include guest lectures, interactions with classes from other disciplines, and the use of multimedia sources to support the development of listening comprehension and academic note-taking skills. Credits transfer to Tokyo International University (TIU) and are not applicable toward graduation at Willamette.

Placement into section by proficiency.


ELAS 105 English II: Speaking

This course focuses on the refinement of English-language speaking skills appropriate in university contexts. Students improve their ability to hold extended conversations, ask and answer questions in class, give oral summaries and presentations, participate in discussions and debates, and complete assignments in the community and on campus. Credits transfer to Tokyo International University (TIU) and are not applicable toward graduation at Willamette.

Placement by proficiency.


ELAS 110 English III: Academic Writing

In this course, students develop writing skills for academic purposes. Students are encouraged to view writing as a process by which they clarify and organize their ideas with emphasis placed on building writing fluency, learning to structure and revise paragraphs, and using various rhetorical modes. Credits transfer to Tokyo International University (TIU) and are not applicable toward graduation at Willamette.

Placement by proficiency.


ELAS 115 English IV: Academic Reading and Discussion

This course introduces, reviews and expands on skills to enable students to read content material written in level-appropriate English, as well as short authentic texts, with greater understanding and recall. Students build reading skills in English for academic purposes by learning and practicing strategies to use prior to and while reading. They also develop strategies for learning new vocabulary and methods for identifying the meaning of new words in texts. Students develop basic discussion skills in response to a text. Credits transfer to Tokyo International University (TIU) and are not applicable toward graduation at Willamette.

Placement by proficiency.


ELAS 120 English V: Grammar

This course is designed for college students at the intermediate levels of English to improve both accuracy and fluency in understanding and using grammar appropriately in everyday communication and in academic study. The course introduces and gives students practice in form, meaning, and use of grammatical elements. Teaching activities include varied structured and communicative practice through listening, speaking, reading and writing exercises that are meaning based. Credits transfer to Tokyo International University (TIU) and are not applicable toward graduation at Willamette.

Placement by proficiency.

  • Offering: Spring

ELAS 121 English VI: Language and Culture

This course is designed to increase the student’s English-language skills and fluency, as well as knowledge of American culture. Topics vary from year to year and typically include an American cultural and/or a skills-based focus. Students have opportunities to participate in community activities and debates, to lead and participate in discussions, to conduct interviews, and to give presentations of their individual or group work. Credits transfer to Tokyo International University (TIU) and are not applicable toward graduation at Willamette.

  • Offering: Summer

ELAS 250 English VII: Special Topics

This course is designed to help students further develop their English language skills.  Topics vary each year and typically include integrated skills in classes such as TOEIC or TOEFL preparation, Business English or a focus on a particular skill area such as Presentation Skills, Debate, Listening or Pronunciation. Detailed descriptions are distributed prior to registration.  Credits transfer to Tokyo International University (TIU) and are not applicable toward graduation at Willamette.

  • Offering: Fall

ELAS 300-370 Liberal Arts Elective Courses

These courses provide liberal arts courses to Japanese study-abroad students with a variety of curricular choices in specific academic disciplines that will allow them to explore U.S. culture and academic subjects. These courses typically include those in American History, Politics, Sociology, Linguistics, Music, Intercultural Studies, Business and American Studies (for example, Environmental Issues in the U.S. West, Ethics in a Global Business Environment, Concepts and Contemporary Issues in Sport and Sport Science, and Religious Themes). Courses and faculty are selected in cooperation with other academic departments at the end of the preceding calendar year. Detailed descriptions are distributed to students prior to summer and fall registration. May be taken multiple times with change of topic. Credits transfer to Tokyo International University (TIU) and are not applicable toward graduation at Willamette.

  • Offering: Summer and Fall

ELAS 300E-370E Applied English

The Applied English course provides support for students enrolled in liberal arts elective courses. Students develop English-language and academic skills to facilitate content subject learning. Students will use all skills in this course: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Discussions, presentations, listening activities, and reading/writing assignments will focus on the content of the liberal arts elective course. Credits transfer to Tokyo International University (TIU) and are not applicable toward graduation at Willamette.

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