Penguin

English Lecture

The Digital Age

In this unit we will be thinking about the digital information age and problems related to the Internet, social media, AI and information technology.

Third Presentation

You can choose any topic related to the Internet, information technology (IT), online media, misinformation, disinformation, social media, etc. We will present on January 24th (during the last class).

Week 15 (1/24)

Today:

Week 14 (1/17)

Today:

  • Vocabulary quiz
  • Think and discuss more about privacy vs public safety
  • Start preparing your final presentations

Week 13 (1/10)

Today:

  • Vocabulary quiz
  • Today we'll think about issues related to user privacy and public safety in social media and messaging apps (Group 1, Group 2, Group 3, Group 4)

For next time:

  • Start researching and planning your final presentation, and post a preview of your topic in the discussion forum.

Week 12 (12/20)

Today:

  • We will take the vocabulary quiz
  • Explore some concepts and issues related to the digital information age (worksheet)

For next time:

  • Enjoy your winter vacation! (And if you want to work ahead, start to think about your third presentation and post a preview in the Discussion Forum)

Week 11 (12/13)

Today:

  • We will take the vocabulary quiz
  • We will start to think and discuss about the Age of Misinformation (aka Post Truth Era)

For next time:

  • Do some free research and post in the discussion forum about a digital-age issue.

Human Rights

In this unit we will be thinking about human rights. What are our basic rights? How are they protected? How are they violated?

Second Presentation

You can choose any topic related to human rights. We will present December 6th.

Week 10 (12/6)

Today:

  • We will take the vocabulary quiz
  • You will present for each other several times. After each presentation, please write reflections.

Week 9 (11/29)

Today:

  • vocabulary quiz
  • Think and discuss a bit about homework and children's human rights
  • Spend some time preparing your presentation

For next time:

  • Finish preparing your presentation. Try to practice enough so that you can present smoothly without just reading your notes.

Week 8 (11/15)

Today:

  • vocabulary quiz
  • Think and discuss 1) a bit more about immigration, and 2) about animal rights
  • Plan your 2nd presentation topic

For next time:

  • Start researching and making your 2nd presentation. If you want me to check your talk or your slides, please email me.
  • Post about your 2nd presentation topic on the Discussion Forum. What topic did you choose? Why? What do you plan to say about the topic (a simple preview)?

Week 7 (11/8)

Today:

  • vocabulary quiz
  • Think about the issue of immigration (worksheet)

For next week:

  • Catch up on DF postings. For the post about your first presentation, you can write it as a summary of your talk.
  • Choose a topic for your second presentation. Note that if you prepare your presentation early, I can check it for you and give you advice for improving it.

Week 6 (11/1)

Today:

  • We will take the vocabulary quiz
  • We will start to think and discuss about human rights related issues.

For next week:

  • find and read an article about a human rights violation (in English or in your language) and introduce/summarize it in the Discussion Forum

Conflict & Violence

We are going to start by looking at conflict and violence. Why do people hurt each other? Why do we make weapons and fight wars?

First Presentation

The first presentation will be on a topic of your choice related to this theme. You need to do enough research so that you can teach us something we don't already know about your topic. We will present on October 25th. You need to prepare slides and and a talk of about 5 minutes (or longer if you want).

Week 5 (10/25)

Today:

  • We will take the vocabulary quiz
  • You will present for each other several times. After each presentation, please write reflections.

Week 4 (10/18)

Today:

  • We will take the vocabulary quiz
  • I will give a little presentation about This Is America and we'll think about how to make an effective presentation
  • You will start preparing your presentations for next week

For next week:

  • Finish preparing your presentation and PRACTICE!! You want to speak smoothly and naturally. Ideally you will NOT just read from your notes.

Week 3 (10/11)

Today we will:

  • Take the vocabulary quiz.
  • Finish preparing your group mini-presentations on This Is America and present them
  • Start to plan your first presentation

For next week:

  • Catch up with posting in the Discussion Forum and also comment on a few classmates' posts.
  • Start researching and preparing your presentation.

Week 2 (10/4)

Today we will:

  • Take the vocabulary quiz.
  • Watch a music video and discuss it.
  • If there is time, discuss violence in general and brainstorm research questions.

For next week:

  • Write your self-introduction if you haven't yet.
  • Choose a topic (related to Conflict & Violence) for your first presentation. Start doing a little research, and post something about your topic in the Discussion Forum.

Week 1 (9/27)

Today we will:

  • Go over the course outline, join the Discussion Forum, and look at the vocabulary lists.
  • Meet a classmate and then introduce them to the class.
  • Brainstorm about social issues (shared folder).
  • Watch a music video and discuss it.

For next week:

  • Introduce yourself in the Discussion Forum and tell us about one or more social issue that you are concerned about.
  • Study the word list. We'll have our first quiz next week.

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