To improve speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. To encourage interest in what is happening around the world. To discuss current news events and social issues. To see events from a global perspective. To gain confidence in expressing opinions.
To give students the opportunity and skills to discuss and debate the most current events and social issues in other countries and Japan in English; to see events and issues from a global perspective; to improve critical thinking skills; to express verbal and written opinions; to reinforce first semester computer skills.
To be chosen during the course.
Most important will be steady attendance and your sincere effort to actively participate in the class no matter what your level of English.
Attendance; careful preparation of internet research, listening, and reading homework; active participation in discussions; personal opinions about topics; semester report.
１．Class introduction, goals, evalution criteria. Student discussion in groups. ２．Video listening on global issue 1, vocabulary,compre-hension,discussion. ３．Opinion activity.Summarization activity.Dedate of video topic. ４．Students decide global topics for written semester report. Video listening on global issue2. Written summary. ５．Opinion game. Confirmation of topics for written reports. Written summary of video. ６．Vocabulary work using video script. Small group discussion. English news sites on the internet. ７．Check of internet reseach notes for report topics. Small group discussion. ８．Newspaper articles for comprehension, discussion, vocabulary. ９．How to understand numbers in English. Countries and nationalities. 10．Current global events: news photos, discussion. Grammar review. 11．Video listening on global issues for vocabulary, comprehension, discussion. 12．Review of first semester report format, references. Opinion game. 13．Grammar review. News discussion. Students verbally summarize written report to others in small groups. Reports handed in. 14．Rewrite of reports. Feedback on common errors. 15．Final reports in. Top Ten News Stories of last year. Discussion.
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