Reading /Presentation
Understanding Contemporary Culture through Reading News
- Critical Thinking
Wed. 2nd. Period Robert Yui
Keywords:
Business English, Culture, Extensive Reading, Grammar, Intensive Reading, Presentation, Research, Speaking, Vocabulary, Web Activities, Writing

Students are to read latest articles from weekly news  magazine (mainly Time and occasionally Newsweek) . Students will be given 2 or 3 articles every class ( they are to choose one for classwork and one for homework). Each student will read, summarize, and analyze one article in class and one at home. Articles will vary from economics, politics to science and culture but students will be given various types of articles every week.  All summaries done at home must be hand-written and handed in for the instructor to check the grammar.  Analyses will be presented orally in class.  (The Instructor will mainly explain and analyze the articles in the first 5 or 6 lessons:  students are expected to do the same in the remaing classes of the semester.)  Written versions of all summaries and analyses are to be handed in on the last day of class ( not electronically).


There will be articles on international politics,  global economics, different fields in science, environmental problems, culture and so forth.  By reading news, it can be expected that the students increase not only their English ability but their knowledge regarding these topics.  It is important that students get acquainted with world news and what is actually going on in this world.  This course should be an asset to their studies and to their future careers.  The instructor will explain each article's background as much as possible; furthermore,  the instructor will also explain the expressions or word related to the articles if deemed necessary to enhance the student's understanding.


Attendance: 20%
Assignment: 10%
Paper: 20%
Mid-term Presentation: 10%
Final Presentation: 20%
Class Participation (Weekly Presentation): 20%


1

Sample News Article from Newsweek or Time Magazine:

Students will read a latest news article for summary and analysis.

The article will be chosen from the latest edition.

2

Sample News Article from Newsweek or Time Magazine

Students will read a latest news article for summary and analysis

The article will be chosen from the latest edition.  One article will be assigned to 

the students for reading and analysis due the following week. 

3

Students will present their analyses of the assigned article from the previous lesson 

in class.

Pick of the week:  Students will be given an article or will choose one of the articles  the instructor brings to class for reading, summarizing, and analyzing.

 

4

Students will present their analyses of the article they have chosen in the previous lesson.

Pick of the week:  Students will be given an article or will choose one of the articles for reading, summarizing, and analyzing.

 

5

Students will present their analyses of the article.

Pick of the week:  Each student will be given an article or will choose one of the articles the instructor brings to class for reading, summarizing, and analyzing.

6

Students will present their analyses of the article.

Pick of the week:  Each student will be given an article or will choose one of the articles brought to class.

7

Students will present their analysis of the article.

Pick of the week:  Each student will be given an article or will choose one of the articles brought to class.

8

Mid-term presentation:

Each student will give an oral presentation of the analysis of the article he/ she has found most interesting/ impressive/ intriguing.

 

 

9

Students will present their analyses of the article.

Pick of the week  Each student will be given an article or will choose one of the articles brought to class.

10

Students will present the analysis of the article.

Pick of the week:  Each student will be given an article or will choose one of the articles brought to class.

11

Students will present their analyses of the article.

Pick of the week:  Each student will be given an article or will choose one of the articles brought to class.

12

Students will present their analyses of the article.

Pick of the week:  Each student will be given an article or will choose one of the articles brought to class.

 

13

Students will present their analyses of the article.

Pick of the week:  Each student will be given an article or will choose one of the articles brought to class

14

Final presentation I

Each student will give an oral presentation ( analysis) of one of the articles he/she has done during the semester.

 

15

Final Presentation II

Each student will give an oral presentation (analysis) of one of the articles he/she has done during the semester.

All printed-out versions of summaries and analyses must be handed in on this day.


This course uses various types of articles from various categories for analyses.  Some articles may not interest some people; however, it is important that one be able to understand news one does not like or is not interested.  As the world is getting smaller and smaller, everyone should be familiar with what is actually going on in the world.  By reading news,  students can also increase their reading ability and, moreover, by writing analyses, they can also expect their writing ability to improve. (* Important:  If a student misses 4 classes, he or she will automatically fail the course.)