English Newspaper Reading

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COURSE TITLE: English Newspaper Reading
INSTRUCTORS: Teachers of the English Newspaper Reading Group FOR STUDENTS: 2nd semester of the 1st year
CLASSROOM HOURS: 2 hours / week
With the advent of the information era, there is an increasing awareness that newspapers are living textbooks with a broad spectrum of applications in language classrooms This course is primarily designed for the course participants to investigate the key principles and major characteristics of English news. By the end of the semester, the students who complete this course successfully will be better able to: 1 Read English news with certain reading skills;

2 Demonstrate a critical understanding of the issue;
3 Appreciate the value of newspaper reading in language education; 4 Get familiar with the leading English newspapers in the world; 5 Recognize the different factors which dictate the strength and prominence of news stories; 6 Become more aware of the elements of journalistic styles, procedures, techniques of news writing and information gathering.

This course is purposely organized as a seminar with the following main components: Mid-term and term-end paper: Students have to prepare a 800-word (double-spaced) report both in the middle and at the end of the semester on the basis of personal reading related to any of the topics discussed during the course. Topic Presentations: Students divided in teams will be assigned to prepare oral presentations on one or more topics. The presentations should demonstrate their familiarity with research on the topic. Class Participation: Students are expected to participate actively in class with verbal contributions based on personal experience and reading in relation to the class topic. Video Appreciation: Students will appreciate video with instructor to gain more effective understanding of journalism.

Academic Lecture: Students may have the chance to participate in the academic lectures...
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