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This course is designed for high school students who wish to improve their academic skills. Classes are held in English only.

2022 Spring Semester: Reading-based Writing

PeriodTuesday, January 11 - Tuesday, March 31, 2022 (22 Classes)

Application Deadline: Sunday, December 26, 2021

*We will stop accepting applications once all seats are filled.
*Depending on available space, we may accept applications after the deadline.
*Applications received outside of business hours will be processed the following business day.
*Please note that the schedule and class format, whether it will be held online or on campus, are subject to change without notice (For example in response to national emergencies issued by the government).

Fees: 67,100 yen (Tax Included)
* Includes a total of 22 classes and usage fees for the Campus Library and Computer Lab.

This class is meant for: 

  • High school students preparing to study at TUJ or at foreign English Speaking universities
  • Returnee students from overseas and high school students who have studied abroad
  • High school students preparing to go on to universities in Japan where classes are held in English

Capacity: 20 students

Dates and Times: 

  • Tuesday and Thursday 18:30-20:30
  • 2 classes a week (Total of 22 classes, 44 hours)
  • A placement test will be held on the first day

Class Format: 

  • Hybrid: Temple University, Japan Campus (Access7-minute walk from Sangen-jaya station, Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line)
  • Online (Zoom)

*Please select "Hybrid" or "Online" on the application form when you register for this course.

Apply here:

If you have any questions or concerns about the class and would like some advice, please feel free to contact the Academic English Program at esl@tuj.temple.edu. If you consider applying for TUJ Under graduate Program, please contact the Admissions Counseling at ac@tuj.temple.edu.

Course Topics by Semester

There are three different course focuses offered in this program (see below). A different course focus will be offered each semester, in turn.

Semester Course Focus
Fall (September-November)


The Content focus helps students to 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 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 projects 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 the academic skills needed in their future studies at a university, such as note-taking, deep discussion, and quiz/exam-taking skills through class activities and assignments.

Spring (January-March)

Reading-based Writing

The Reading-based Writing (RBW) focus teaches students how to write academic essays. 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. 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 or two longer essays with a few drafts. Correct use of quotations and citations—using MLA style—will also be covered.

Summer (May-July)

Fluency & Accuracy

The Fluency & Accuracy focus teaches students 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, while using supporting examples and evidence rather than just focusing on the use of correct language. For the accuracy part, students will learn to use correct grammar forms and to choose appropriate vocabulary which will help them more accurately express their opinions. In addition to discussions, short writings are assigned; this gives the opportunity for students to receive individual feedback on their writing from the instructor and to review basic academic writing skills that students have previously learned.

Course Schedule

January 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27
February 1, 3, 8, 15, 17, 22, 24
March 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 24, 29, 31

*There will be no class on February 10 and March 22.

  • Once a week, students will be able to participate in an optional free online conversation session. During this session, students will talk (in English) with an undergraduate student currently studying at TUJ about anything that interests them.
  • There will be an additional scheduled event for AEP High School students to talk with former AEP students about their university studies, experiences, and overall university lifestyle.
  • During the semester, AEP will hold free workshops for high school students.

Steps to Attend the Program

Please follow the procedures below to attend the course.

Application Procedures

Please apply using the online application form. Please feel free to contact us with any questions about course details or about 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.

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

Get a Discount by Applying for Two Courses Together
We also offer TOEFL Prep Courses for those who are aiming to enter the undergraduate or graduate programs at TUJ or overseas universities. By applying for these courses together, you will receive a 17,500 yen discount on your tuition fees. You can choose a TOEFL Prep Course suited to your level. For more details, please see the pages below.

Planned Future Sessions

Summer 2022  May - July, 2022
Fall 2022  September - November, 2022

Temple University, Japan Campus Academic English Program

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

Tel:0120-86-1026 (Toll Free) 03-5441-9863 (AEP)
Hours:Weekdays 9:00-18:30 (Japan Time)

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