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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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Learning english through social issues

Learning English through Social Issues


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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