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Learning English through Social Issues. What are social issues?. matters which directly or indirectly affect many or all members of a society often considered to be problems arouses public interests and concerns controversial involves (moral) values. Examples of social issues. Poverty

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what are social issues
What are social issues?
  • matters which directly or indirectly affect many or all members of a society
  • often considered to be problems
  • arouses public interests and concerns
  • controversial
  • involves (moral) values
examples of social issues
Examples of social issues
  • Poverty
  • Pollution
  • Drug abuse
  • Abortion
  • Violence
why take this course
Why take this course?
  • develop skills in researching
  • more positive personal values and attitudes
  • better organization and coherence in writing
  • more critical in analyzing gathered information
  • more confidence in presenting views in public
why take this course1
Why take this course?
  • better skills in interpreting ideas, information, fact, opinions and arguments
  • improved rhetoric skills in argumentative writing
  • better use of different genres to present ideas
content
Content
  • Part 1:

Identifying, examining and presenting social issues

  • Part 2:

Researching and gathering information on social issues

  • Part 3:

Final presentation

part 1 identifying examing and presenting social issues
Part 1: Identifying, examing and presenting social issues
  • Presents the idea of social issues
      • Definition of the social issue
      • Causes and effects of a social problem
      • Solutions for a social problem
  • Gives learners the opportunity to consider various ways social issues may affect them personally, their society and the world around them
part 1 identifying examining and presenting social issues
Part 1: Identifying, examining and presenting social issues
  • Learners practise reading, identifying and writing definitions, causes and effects, and solutions to social problems
part 2 researching and gathering information on social issues
Part 2: Researching and gathering information on social issues

1) Learners learn how to follow an argument and research a social issue (e.g. conducting observations, interviews and surveys)

2) Learners develop strategies for evaluating information from different sources, and techniques for citing and acknowledging sources

part 3 final presentation
Part 3: Final presentation
  • Learners identify a social problem they are interested in, and carry out research on it.
  • Learners present their work (written and spoken)
learning activities
Learning activities
  • READING essays, journals, pamphlets, editorials, newspaper reports
  • WRITING paragraphs to define different social issues, the causes and effects, and solutions
  • DISCUSSIONS, ORAL PRESENTATIONS, ROLE-PLAYS
  • PROJECT
assessment
Assessment
  • Assessment will focus on learners’ demonstration of their ability to:
      • understand and interpret ideas and information in texts on social issues
      • follow and evaluate argument
      • write about a social issue
      • analyse and evaluate information from various sources
      • carry out simple research using methods such as surveys and interviews
      • summarise a passage
      • present a written or spoken text that incorporates a definition of a social problem, its causes and effects, and offers solutions to it
assessment1
Assessment
  • Oral and written activities in the course will be used for assessing learner performance:
      • Quizzes
      • Paragraphs written on definitions, causes, effects and solutions
      • Evaluation of information
      • Questionnaires and interviews
      • Written or spoken presentations
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