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This course introduces a range of topics. The objective is to enhance your English skills, expand your English vocabulary, and give you experience with writing, speaking and listening in English for presentation and discussion. An additional aim is the development of critical thinking through active learning.
Improvement of English speaking fluency, vocabulary expansion, and development of the skills necessary for taking part in discussions. Students preparing for external exams such as IELTS or TOEIC should find this course useful.
Distance Learning: because of Covid-19, this class will be conducted through Google Classroom.
Week 1: The World in 2040 - What do you think it will be like?
Week 2: How many planet Earth's do we need for our lifestyles?
Week 3: Environmental challenges - global warming and marine pollution
Week 4: Review and discussion
Week 5: Will there be any fish left in the sea?
Week 6: Ocean acidification
Week 7: Plastics polluting the ocean
Week 8: Review and discussion
Week 9: Fossil fuels and the magic of oil
Week 10: Renewable energy sources (solar, wind, hydro, etc)
Week 11: Nuclear energy
Week 12: Review and discussion
Week 13: Discussion: The World in 2040 - How have your ideas changed?
Term shortened due to Covid-19
We will study topics collected from publications such as National Geographic, and other English sources. Essential vocabulary and back-ground knowledge will be reviewed. For vocabulary development, there will be homework featuring words with high frequencies of us-age, and you will be asked to write a summary of each review and discussion.
Evaluation will be based on on-line participation (40%), your contribution to class (30%) and homework (30%).
National Geographical Magazine
English will be the working language of the classroom.
Be curious and seek to improve your English.
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