The Placement Test

Your response on the Placement Test will be graded on a scale from 1 to 4 for Language and Content. These scores will determine which courses you will be required to take in the Fall term. Regardless of your scores on the Placement Test, you will be required to take Thesis and Policy Paper Writing in the Spring term.

EAP (LAN0040E)
EAP

Policy Proposal Writing (LAN0220E)
TPPW

Thesis and Policy Paper Writing (LAN0030E)

TPPW


Fall Term Courses

ArrowEnglish for Academic Purposes

Term Fall
Course Number LAN0040E
Instructor O’Neill et al.

A_DS37799This course teaches academic English in a graduate-study context. Students will learn how to craft writing passages, use general academic vocabulary, read academic texts, and work to improve structure and grammar. Students will be provided with guidance and support in the drafting of research proposals. This course is required for students who have failed the GRIPS Placement Test and recommended for those who are unaccustomed to the requirements of written academic English.Arrow
 

ArrowPolicy Paper Writing

Term Fall 2
Course Number LAN0220E
Instructor Petchko

petchko (1)This course is required for all master’s students in the YLP, MP1, MP2, MEP1, MEP2, PF, G-Cube, and EPP programs. Students will learn about the standards of academic writing and scholarship at GRIPS and receive guidance on preparing a research proposal. Depending on their score on the Placement Test, students may be required to attend two, four, or all eight classes. Students with no previous experience preparing a research proposal are strongly encouraged to attend all classes.Arrow
 

Winter Term Courses


ArrowAbstract Writing for Japanese Students

Term Winter, Spring
Course Number LAN0170E
Instructor Ono

008This course aims to provide both guidance and support for Japanese students who are writing abstracts in English for the first time. By taking a genre approach to academic writing, students will first analyze published abstracts to identify conventions for format and content organization, as well as common patterns of language use. Following these analyses, students will individually plan and draft their abstracts. Finally, students will learn to use corpus tools to edit and revise their drafts for language. Additional grammar focus will be offered in response to any language problems encountered over the course of study. This is also a required course for domestic students in the Public Policy Program who wish to take Global Studies.Arrow
 

Spring Term Courses

ArrowThesis and Policy Paper Writing

Term Spring
Course Number LAN0030E
Instructor Petchko et al.

grips-print-35This course is designed to support master’s students in the culminating writing task that they must undertake at the end of their study at GRIPS. It guides students through the key competencies needed to complete the final paper according to the discourse conventions in their field. These key competencies are drawn from the work of professional academics in the students’ respective fields. The course combines lectures and individual consultation sessions in which students receive individualized feedback on their writing and suggestions for improvement. This course is required for all 1-year students and 2-year students in their second year.Arrow

ArrowAbstract Writing for Japanese Students

Term Winter, Spring
Course Number LAN0170E
Instructor Ono

008This course aims to provide both guidance and support for Japanese students who are writing abstracts in English for the first time. By taking a genre approach to academic writing, students will first analyze published abstracts to identify conventions for format and content organization, as well as common patterns of language use. Following these analyses, students will individually plan and draft their abstracts. Finally, students will learn to use corpus tools to edit and revise their drafts for language. Additional grammar focus will be offered in response to any language problems encountered over the course of study. This is also a required course for domestic students in the Public Policy Program who wish to take Global Studies.Arrow


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