Course of English Communication
Developing sensibilities as a global citizen through specialized training that is tailored to individual abilities
Chair of the Course of English Communication
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We aim to foster advanced English skills grounded in a subjective interest in foreign cultures and communication
My research explores the history of the English language, along with that of English grammar and dictionaries. It is said that English was a ‘barbarous,indigent,rude’ language until the early 16th century. However, as Great Britain developed, English reached all parts of the world and eventually achieved its present status as a global lingua franca. By reflecting on this history, we are also exploring the marvel that surrounds the English language.
English was propelled to its global status by the publication of an authoritative dictionary by Samuel Johnson and an authoritative grammar dictionary by Robert Lowth in the mid-18th century. Building on Lowth’s dictionary, Lindley Murray’s grammar dictionary is said to have sold 20 million copies globally by the beginning of the 19th century. In this period, people worked hard behind the scenes to contribute to the globalization of English. In Japan, this dictionary was translated as Eibunkagami in 1840, although this was a retranslation from Dutch. Studying the history of the English language, along with that of English grammar and dictionaries, and interpreting historical facts also help us understand the culture and society in terms of the English language and the United Kingdom. The course also simultaneously helps students understand the English language at a deeper level.
The existence of Switzerland at the beginning of the 19th century, which continued to enthrall the English Romantic poets, is another of my research areas. Switzerland now serves as one of Europe’s tourist centers, but the British were actually involved in its establishment as a modern nation. Romantic poets such as Byron and Shelley also contributed significantly to its literature.
Switzerland, located at the center of Europe and attracting a large number of British people, is a fascinating country brimming with romance and blessed with a rich natural environment. Four languages, German, French, Italian, and Romansh, are spoken in a multilingual society where English and many other foreign languages fly back and forth. For those who wish to compare various languages or cultures, Switzerland provides a model case. Language is a fascinating theme steeped in mystery and having limitless possibilities. With English becoming your wings, why not fly off to this country and explore these marvelous possibilities?
This course offers highly practical education for developing communication skills and professional abilities through English, the global lingua franca. Along with researchers and educators, we are focusing on educating incumbent professionals and working adults.
Under an extensive curriculum of day and evening classes, students continuously improve their speaking and listening skills while developing the ability to read and understand specialist texts and convey their opinions through writing in a clear and straightforward manner.
Along with improving their English abilities, students conduct research on Japanese and English cultures from both perspectives. We aim to nurture individuals who are also well-balanced human beings.