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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 presen-tation 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 neces-sary for taking part in discussions. Students preparing for external exams such as IELTS or TOEIC should find this course useful.
Week 1: What is the worldfs most precious resource?
Week 2: Asia's rivers and the populations dependent on them
Week 3: Food as a freshwater export
Week 4: Review and discussion
Week 5: The tragedy of the commons
Week 6: Introduction to Western Art I
Week 7: Introduction to Western Art II
Week 8: Review and discussion
Week 9: The internet and privacy
Week 10: The internet and politics
Week 11: The internet and the economy
Week 12: Review and discussion
Week 13: A history of Christmas
Week 14: Student presentations - preparation
Week 15: Student presentations - make a presentation on a topic of your choice
We will study topics collected from publications such as National Geographic, and other English sources. Essential vocabulary and background knowledge will be reviewed. For vocabulary develop-ment, there will be homework featuring words with high frequencies of usage, and you will be asked to write a summary of each review and discussion.
Evaluation will be based on attendance (45%), your contribution to class (25%) 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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