This course, centering upon multicultural issues, aims to help students learn and understand multiple cultures through English learning. Its contextualized curriculum relates the contents to issues of globalization to provide students with learning environments in which multicultural interactions and communication are made possible. By producing oral and written works in English, students can develop their interests and curiosities about multicultural societies, which can cultivate their tolerance for different cultures and broaden their global vision, thereby becoming qualified world citizens.
The course centers upon three objectives: multicultural learning, communication skills, and global vision.
By studying authentic materials about literature, culture and language, and literary works, students are expected to understand contemporary cultural issues. By associating foreign cultures with local ones through English learning, the course aims to create cross-language and cross-culture communication opportunities for students.
Students are expected to understand humanistic concerns in global issues, analyze assigned topics, and think critically. They should also be able to participate in discussions on global issues in English and figure out their roles as world citizens by putting what they have learned into practice. In addition, they should deepen their humanistic disposition and participate actively in a global cultural circle from a local perspective.
The course emphasizes the development of students’ analytical, organizational, and critical abilities. Students should be able to read and comprehend academic essays on specific issues, understand related conversation and speech, compose written works with clear and logical statements, give professional oral presentations by incorporating specific speaking strategies, and deliver their statements creatively.
By completing this course, students are expected to achieve the following objectives:
Be able to analyze different cultures, associate them with local cultures, and conduct field investigations or put their learning into practice.
Cultivate a humanistic disposition and have a deeper understanding of global issues, be able to think critically of specific issues, and exchange opinions in group discussions.
Enhance their English reading and listening comprehension skills, deliver very good oral presentations, and compose written works with clear statements.