The Role of English Language Teaching for Liberal Arts Education in Non-English-Speaking Countries
International Christian University (ICU) is a small liberal arts college where students take courses in a bilingual and multilingual educational environment. From their enrollment at ICU, students whose first language is not English are expected to start learning academic English skills and critical thinking skills so that they can pursue their studies both in English and Japanese. The English for Liberal Arts (ELA) program at ICU offers an intensive English program throughout the 1st year to help students acquire academic English skills and critical thinking skills. This chapter will discuss how the ELA has tried to accomplish this task by offering a structure and curriculum.
I would like to thank anonymous reviewers for their discerning comments. I also would like to thank one of my colleagues at ICU, Mr. Mike Kleindl, for his stimulating ideas about the ELA journey metaphor and how to teach critical thinking through academic reading and writing, class discussions, and tutorials. My sincere gratitude goes to Mr. John Peloghitis in the ELA program for his valuable comments and suggestions. Without his encouragement, I could not have finished revising this chapter. My thanks also go to my current and former colleagues in the ELA program, Mr. Tetsuya Fukuda, for his data analysis, and Dr. Masuko Miyahara, Ms. Jennie Roloff Rothman, and Mr. Keita Yagi, for their insightful comments.
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