English for Academic Purposes

An intensive evening course for those who are looking to become proficient in university-level English.

2022 Spring Semester: Reading-based Writing

Wednesday, January 12 – Wednesday, March 30 (21 classes)
Application Deadline:
Sunday, December 26, 2021
*We will stop accepting applications once all seats are filled.
*Depending on space availability, we may accept applications even after the deadline.
*Applications received outside business hours will be processed the next business day.
*Please note that the schedule and the style of this course, whether held online or on campus, are subject to change without notice.
The application period has ended.
61,900 yen (Tax Included)
*Library and Computer Lab usage fees are also included
Designed for:
  • College students and other adults who wish to enter TUJ, or a college or graduate school overseas.


  • This course is for high school graduates or higher. If you are a high school student, consider AEP High School.
Dates and Times:
  • Monday & Wednesday 19:30-21:00
  • 2 classes a week (21 classes for a total of 31.5 hours)
    *A placement test will be held on the first day.
Class Format:
(1) Hybrid : Each week, one class at TUJ, the other one online
Temple University, Japan Campus (Access: 7-minute walk from Sangen-jaya station, Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line)
(2) Online (zoom)
※Please select "Online" or "Hybrid" on the application form when you register for this course.
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If you have any questions or worries about the class and would like some advice, we are happy to arrange an individual meeting (English or Japanese). Please feel free to contact Admissions Counseling at esl@tuj.temple.edu.

Course Description

This course is designed for those who aim to study abroad in undergraduate or graduate programs to begin to acquire the necessary academic skills. By learning and practicing the academic skills required to take up the challenge of undergraduate classes, the course enables students who have little experience with academic courses taught in English to smoothly transition into undergraduate programs.

There are three classes for this course (see below). Each semester, in turn, one of these three classes is the focus of this English for Academic Purposes evening course.

Semester Class


The Content focus helps students improve their English skills by studying academic topics such as those found in university General Education courses. The course has an overall theme, and each class deals with the topics and issues from humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences related to the overall theme. Using and improving students' English skills through readings, discussions, and mini-research form the core of this course. Students can practice giving presentations and writing reports on the material studied in class. In addition, they can build academic skills needed in their future study at a university or graduate school, such as note-taking, deep discussion, and quiz/exam-taking skills through class activities and assignments.


Reading-based Writing

This Reading-based Writing (RBW) focus teaches how to write academic essays or research papers. Academic writing requires analytical reading skills and critical thinking skills in addition to writing and language skills. Therefore, the writing assignments for this course are based on reading articles and other academic texts on various themes, rather than on personal knowledge and experience, and students' writing is evaluated based on reading skills, English language skills, and finally, actual writing skills. Students should expect to complete several short writings and one longer essay with a few drafts. Correct use of quotations and citations—using MLA or APA style—will also be covered.


Fluency & Accuracy

The Fluency & Accuracy focus teaches how to become more fluent and accurate when using English in both speaking and writing. For the fluency part, students will learn to discuss a particular issue objectively in depth, with supporting examples and evidence and the use of correct language. For the accuracy part, students will learn to use correct grammar forms and to choose appropriate vocabulary. In addition to discussions, short writings are assigned; this is a great opportunity for students to have a chance to receive individual feedback on their writing from the instructor and to review basic academic writing skills that students previously learned.

Individual guidance

Individual guidance is given outside classroom hours during the course. Each student receives 1-2 sessions of individual guidance on class content, essay composition and assignments for 10-15 minutes before the start of class, at times arranged between the student and instructor.

Note: There will be no follow-up of each class, such as recorded videos, for those who missed the classes.

Student Comments

Course Schedule

January 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31
February 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 28
March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 23, 28, 30

*There will be no class on February 23, March 21.

Steps to Attend the Program

Please follow the procedures below to attend the course.

1. Submit your application

Please apply through the online form by the specified deadline.

2. Receiving the program details

Details of tuition fee payment and the course guide will be sent to you via e-mail. The email serves as notification that you are now officially enrolled on the course.

3. Pay the tuition fees

Please pay the tuition fees via wire transfer to the specified bank account by the deadline.

4. Documents to submit by the first day of class

Please prepare required documents for this course by following an instruction written in an email of this course. Please submit them to us by the first day of the course.

Application Procedures

Please apply using the online application form and by phone at the university. Please feel free to contact us for any questions about course details or the application process.

*Depending on space availability, we may accept applications even after the deadline has passed. Please submit the application form, and we will get back to you.

The application period has ended.

Note: Please be aware that courses cannot be offered in the event that there are insufficient numbers of applicants.

Temple University, Japan Campus Academic English Program

1-14-29 Taishido, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan 154-0004 (Access)

Weekdays 9:00-18:30 (Japan Time)