カリキュラムポリシーCurriculum Policy

独仏英と日本のイエズス会員によって設立された上智大学は創設当初から強い国際性をもった大学であり、外国語教育を重視してきました。世界がグローバル化し、複数言語や文化を尊重し、社会で共存していく多言語・多文化主義が当然となった現在でも、その伝統を受け継いでいます。言語教育研究センターでは、一人一人が複数の言語を使う複言語主義の考えに則りつつ、英語、日本語、ヨーロッパ諸語、アジア・アフリカ諸語など多数の外国語科目を開講することで大学のグローバル化を推進し、全学の学生が以下に掲げる3つの能力や知識を身につけることを目指しています。

  1. 1)グローバル化、多様化の進む世界の中で活躍していくために必要な外国語の運用能力
  2. 2)外国語を使って自らの考えを論理的に構成し、発表し、更に議論できる素地
  3. 3)複言語主義に基づいたさまざまな言語と文化に対する理解

この目標を実現するために英語、初習言語、日本語のそれぞれで以下のようなカリキュラムを設定しています。

英語

1年次の必修科目 Academic Communication (AC) 1&2では、内容言語統合型学習(CLIL)の手法を取り入れています。AC1では英語で学び考えるための運用能力(EAP = English for Academic Purposes)を高め、AC2では、AC1で身につけたスキルをもとに学術的な内容を英語で学ぶことで、批判的思考力や協働力を伸ばします。AC1の修得者を対象として、各自の専門性や必要性、興味関心に応じて自由に履修できる選択科目を配置し、機能的英語能力を身につけさせます。

初習言語

ドイツ語、フランス語、イスパニア語、中国語、コリア語では、「聞く・話す・読む・書く」の4技能をバランスよく身につけることを目的とした週2回の総合科目を、初級から上級までを5つのレベルにわけて段階的に学べるように編成しています。さらに、各自の目的と興味に応じて履修できる選択科目を置き、発展的・応用的な力を身につける機会を提供しています。上記5言語以外については、各言語の特性に応じた運用能力を高めることを目的とし、初学者から段階的に学べる科目編成としています。

日本語

欧米やアジア諸国などからの留学生を対象としたノンネイティブ向けのクラスから、帰国生やインターナショナルスクール出身者などの日本語ネイティブ向けのクラスまで、多様化している学習背景や必要度を考慮した幅広い科目編成を行い、学生が各自の必要度に合った科目を履修し、段階的に日本語の運用能力を高める機会を提供しています。

Founded by Jesuit missionaries from Germany, France, Great Britain and Japan, Sophia University has been recognized for its strong international appeal, and its long commitment to foreign language education. The tradition still lives with us, in our current age of globalization when linguistic and cultural diversity—or multilingualism and multiculturalism—is seen as the source of strength rather than conflict in our society. Based on our policy to promote plurilingualism, with the aim of each of us being able to function in two or more languages, the Center for Language Education and Research offers courses on a variety of languages such as English, Japanese, European, Asian, and African languages. Our goal is to help all the students acquire the following knowledge and skillsets, preparing our students further for a globalized world.

  1. 1) Working knowledge of foreign languages required to become successful in an increasingly globalized world, focusing on diversity as an essential concept
  2. 2) Basic skills to logically formulate, present, and engage in discussion using a foreign language
  3. 3) Understanding of different languages and cultures

In order to achieve the above objectives, we have set out the following curricula for English, modern languages, and Japanese:

English

Freshmen are required to take Academic Communication 1 and Academic Communication 2. These courses are taught using a Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) approach. In AC1, students will develop the skills to study and think in English through an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course. In AC2, students will apply the skills they learned in AC1, and further develop their critical thinking and collaborative skills by studying academic subjects or topics. In order to cultivate the ability to use the language functionally, those who have successfully completed the AC1 course can also enroll in Elective Courses, in accordance with their areas of specialty, learning needs, and interests.

Modern languages

For learners of German, French, Spanish, Chinese, and Korean, the center offers twice-a-week courses designed to improve students’ skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in a balanced way. There are five levels, from elementary to advanced, and students will be placed in one of them so that they can acquire the essential skills they need at each level. Furthermore, in order to practice applying those skills, students can register for electives, depending on their specific goals and interests. Learners of languages other than the five listed above can also begin at elementary level and proceed to higher levels. The courses are designed to help students nurture their ability to use the language with a special focus on functionality, bearing in mind the characteristics of each language.

Japanese

The Center offers a variety of courses for students with diverse learning needs and backgrounds. Such students include both non-native speakers who are international students from Asia, Europe, and America, and native speakers who were raised abroad or at international schools in Japan. Students can choose those courses that match their specific needs, aimed at the development of their functional use of language at each level.

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