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English Diploma Course 4 (Engineering in Developing Countries)

Learning Goals

(Engineering to benefit mankind) To determine which science/engineering/technology related advancements have helped developed countries most and determine which ones and in what manner these advancements could help developing countries.


Research, Reading, Writing, Presentation, Listening, Debate, Discussion, Analytical Thinking

Classroom Flow

  • Using articles and short videos, students will examine works of engineering and technology shared by developed countries, yet absent from most developing countries, and be asked to determine which of these works are critical to a modern society.
  • Students will share their opinions in small groups.

Class Projects

  • Students will choose a developing country.
  • They must research and identify the problems facing the people of that country and determine one single science/engineering/technology related advancement that would help the citizens of that country the most, yet be sustainable in the future.
  • Write a proposal detailing the steps in accomplishing that goal.
  • Present these proposals to the class.
  • Students present their projects to the class.

Grading Criteria

Grades will be based on the following:

10 Online Assignments
(Discussions & Worksheets)
Online Assignments are graded on a 6-5-4-3-2-1-0 scale. If all requirements of the task are completed at an exceptional level, you will receive 6 points; if they are fully met, you will receive 5 points; if they are adequately met, 4 points; if they are only partially met, 2-3 points; if they are minimally met, 1 point; if you do not participate in the task or are absent, 0 points. (60 total points) 60 points
Online Exercise Library 10 points 10 points
1 Engineering Project Proposal 10 points 10 points
1 Engineering Project Presentation
   (Research Team)
20 points (including two drafts 5+5+10=20) 20 points
Late to class, using your cell phone, chattering in Japanese, sleeping in class, no class/text materials, no dictionary minus 1 point  


No text is required for this course. All worksheets will be available for download. However, many of the materials will need to be accessed via your EDC4 Student 2023 Google Drive folder (coming soon).

Course Schedule Print

Class Weekly Topics Online Assignments Proposal/Presentation OEL Agenda
1 Orientation and Course Overview  
2 Becoming a Developed Nation GapMinder Intro Quiz   19th Century
New York I
3 Becoming a Developed Nation GapMinder Data Links   19th Century
New York II
4 Becoming a Developed Nation New York City worksheet   19th Century
New York III
5 Impacts on Developing Nations Worksheets GGS Preview      
6 Impacts on Developing Nations Worksheets GGS 1      
7 Impacts on Developing Nations Worksheets GGS 2   4+ OEL  
8 Impacts on Developing Nations Worksheets GGS 3   5+ OEL  
9 Engineers contributing to Developing Nations Problems   6+ OEL  
10 Engineers contributing to Developing Nations Technology Types   7+ OEL  
11 Engineering Project Workshop Project Proposal Draft   8+ OEL  
12 Engineering Project Workshop   Project Proposal Final 9+ OEL  
13 Engineering Project Workshop   Engineering Project 
Presentations Draft I 
14 Engineering Project Workshop   Engineering Project 
Presentations Draft II 
10+ OEL  
15 Audience Participation   Engineering Project 
Presentations Final 

Course Can-do Goals

Program-wide Standards

Grading Scale

90% or more, A+; 80-89%, A; 70-79%, B; 60-69%, C; below 60%, F

NOTE: At the end of the third year, you will be taking a TOEIC-IP exam. You will then be re-streamed for your fourth-year courses based on the results of this TOEIC-IP and the numerical average of your third-year English courses. Therefore, it is important to strive for not only a high letter grade, but also for the highest numerical grade that you are capable of.

Attendance Policy

Students are expected to submit assignments in a timely fashion. Failure to submit timely may result in a reduction of the student’s overall grade. Students will be penalized 3 demerits for each non- submission and 1 demerit for each late submission. Students who accumulate more than 15 'demerits' (the equivalent of 5 absences) will receive an unsatisfactory grade ('F') for the course. As a rule, no make-up work will be given for unexcused absences.

English-English Dictionaries

You are required to use an English-English dictionary for your exercises. The following is a list of quality paper dictionaries for English language learners. You may use any other dictionary or you may elect to use an electronic dictionary.

Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary, Oxford University Press.
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, Longman Press.
Collins Cobuild English Dictionary, HarperCollins Publishers.

Extra-Credit Points

There are no extra-credit points available for this course.

The Academic Honesty Policy for S&E English Classes

The following will be considered violations of our academic honesty policy:

  1. Copying any answers from another student's exercise, doing any exercises together with other students, or using a textbook from previous years. Exercises are to be completed entirely on your own.
  2. Showing any portion of your exercise to another student.
  3. Using any form of ‘cheat sheet’ in performing an exercise, quiz, etc.
  4. Taking copies of an exercise, quiz, etc. (including unused copies) outside of the classroom. (This includes taking pictures of the exercise, quiz, etc.)
  5. Using writing instruments or telephones during feedback of an in-class exercise, quiz, etc.
  6. Copying answers from another student's exercise, quiz, etc. while it is being administered.
  7. Copying any portion of a homework exercise from another student.
  8. Allowing any portion of your homework exercise to be copied by another student.
  9. Copying (or closely paraphrasing) portions of a homework assignment from other sources (printed matter, the Internet, etc.) and presenting it as your own, regardless of whether you acknowledge the source. This includes using translation software to translate any portion of your submission into English.
  10. Sharing Rainbow or English Expeditions User IDs or Passwords with another student.

Any of the above violations will result in a score of 0 for ALL exercises on that day, as well as forfeiting your chance for extra-credit.



  1. 他者に(たとえ一部でも)課題の答えを写させてもらった場合 (課題を複数で一緒にやること、そして、過年度のテキストを使用することも含みます/課題は必ず独力でやること)
  2. 他者に(たとえ一部でも)課題の答えを写させた場合
  3. Quiz, Exercise等において、カンニングペーパー等を使用した場合
  4. Quiz, Exercise等の答案(未使用のものも含む)を不当に持ち帰った場合 (カメラ付き携帯等による撮影も含みます)
  5. Quiz, Exercise等のフィードバックの際、筆記用具、携帯電話等を手にした場合 (正答を盗もうとしたとみなします)
  6. その他、Quiz, Exercise等の実施を妨害する行為、他者の受験を妨害する行為、 替え玉受験等も、不正行為とみなします。
  7. Homework Assignmentにおいて、他者のAssignmentの一部または全部をコピーした場合
  8. Homework Assignmentにおいて、他者に自身のAssignmentの一部または全部を コピーさせた場合
  9. Homework Assignmentにおいて、書籍やWWWのサイトから得た情報をそのまま、 もしくは改ざんの後、断りなく(引用を明記せずに)、自身のAssignmentに盗り入れた(すなわち著作権を侵害した)場合(英語の授業で課されるassignmentの多くは、引用を明記する、しないにかかわらず、一切の引用を認めていません) 。これには翻訳ソフトの使用も含みます。一旦日本語で書いて、それを翻訳ソフトを利用して翻訳して提出することは、それがたとえ一文であっても許されません。
  10. RainbowやEnglish ExpeditionsのユーザーIDやパスワードの授受があった場合

上記、および上記に類する「不正行為」があった場合は、当該学生の当該科目における、その日の得点を0点にするとともに、Extra-credit pointsはすべて無効になります。