Course Introduction

<LA500:Great Books>
For younger students, this course will serve as an introduction to several famous works in English. Students will do reading assignments at home and come to class prepared to ask and answer questions about the books. Students will learn critical reading skills and discussion as they talk about the books.
While Great Books Advanced focuses on books that are typical of American high school and college-level courses, the book selection of this course is aimed at books typical of Jr. high school and high school level required reading. Students should have a good level of comfort reading in English if they are considering this course.

<LA600:Great Books Advanced>
For students who love reading and literature, this course will present a number of famous “great books” for study and discussion. Students will do reading assignments at home and come to class prepared to ask and answer questions about the books. Students will learn critical reading skills and discussion as they talk about the books.
The books in this course are at the level of some required reading for high school and college-level students. The books are not abridged or simplified in any way, so students should feel comfortable reading in English if they are considering this course.

Course Details

School hours 2 hours per week
Tuition ¥30,000 + tax per month, materials fee

From the Lecturer

Jonathan Ingram

Education: BA, Georgetown University

In Great Books classes, I try to follow the model used in competitive American high schools. Books are drawn from the list of texts considered in Advanced Placement tests, and students discuss not only the books we read, but also a variety of critical approaches to literature. My goal is for students to feel comfortable and confident with any literature
in English that they encounter, either in their studies or in their private lives. Consistent with the culture of elite American schools, classes are taught in a seminar style, with students expected to actively participate in analytical discourse. My role as instructor is to ask questions more than I lecture, and to encourage students to work through issues together in a collaborative and rigorous way.

Student’s Voice

For two and a half years, l had attended the Great Book’s class, LA500, and LA600, until this February, which was nothing but fascinating days for me. I decided to sign up for this class since I loved to read especially novels. The class just met my anticipation and expectations. However, some books we read, mainly classical novels, were quite challenging for me because there were books that are read by native high school students and I was not even a high school student nor a native speaker.
Despite some difficulties I faced, the diligent classmates and the inspiring teacher helped me to go through the class fulfilling. We often had intense discussions between the students and the teacher as well which made the class very incentive. Throughout this class, not only I have improved with my English level, but I was able to accomplish other things. Since we spent quite a time on each book, we were also able to learn the background of the novel and leading to some urban issues or such, which deepened my general knowledge. Also, I gained the skills to speak up for myself which thoroughly helped me when I participated in the summer school at Oxford University. The program required English level above CEFR C1 and the English I gained in J PREP and the confidence to state my opinion helped me greatly to get excellent scores for the courses, which were experimental psychology and international relationship class. I am very confident that the J PREP’s class helps us improve our English and helps us to make pursue of knowledge very
enthusiastic and intriguing.

(Shirayuri Gakuen Junior High School 3rd Year)