To give students a chance to discuss the most current news and social issues in Japan and other countries, to encourage interest in world events, to see events from a global perspective, and improve general English communication skills.
Listening, speaking, reading, and writing related to current events, news topics, and social issues; global thinking; communication skills; development and expression of opinions; research in English.
Students will be given all the necessary materials.
Most important will be steady attendance and a sincere effort to actively participate in the class no matter what your level of English.
Attendance; careful and thoughtful preparation for class discussions; active participation; semester report.
１．Course description. Goals. Evalution criteria. Discussion: reliable news sources. ２．Small group discussion. Video listening: documentary 1. ３．Small group discussion. News photos. Opinions. ４．Reading for main points. Students choose topic for semester PowerPoint presentation or written report. ５．Media Center listening homework: 2 hours. Summaries. ６．Discussion. Video listening: documentary 2. ７．News articles for vocabulary study. Comprehension. Discussion. ８．Outline for reports. Check of internet research notes. ９．Current news photos, headlines for vocabulary, opinions, debate. 10．Video listening: global issues 3. Media Center listening 2 hours. Summary. 11．Listen to news articles and paraphrase. Practice in speed reading. 12．Editorial opinions. Debate. Vocabulary work. Review of report format. 13．Video listening: global issue 4. Comprehension. Discussion. Reports in. 14．Media Center homework listening 2 hours. Summary. Students who have chosen PowerPoint give presentations. Reports back to students. Feedback. 15．Students rewrite reports. Summer news reading and vocabulary homework.
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