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.
Students are provided with shared teaching materials along with authentic news reports on issues such as different lifestyles around the world, cross-cultural marriage, and football in different countries with the aim of cultivating their interests in different cultures and even helping them associate these cultures with local ones.
Through English learning, we aim to enhance our students’ reading and writing abilities. Students should be able to read and understand the assigned mid-length articles as well as comprehend mid-length conversations and speech. They are also expected to apply their acquired basic writing skills to compose a coherent paragraph, make verbal responses to comprehended written works or speech, and finally involve themselves in group discussions.
With an emphasis on global issues from diverse perspectives, shared teaching materials along with news on current events are provided to students. Those events include changes caused by new technology in global environments and the controversy over religious institutions or social justice. Students can therefore immerse themselves in the global community, perceive an issue from various perspectives, understand the pros and cons derived from globalization, and eventually reflect upon their own responsibility as world citizens.
By completing this course, students are expected to achieve the following objectives:
Be able to compare similarities and differences among cultures around the world as well as understand the causes of those differences.
Acquire a basic understanding of global issues, be able to read English news on current events, and understand global issues from diverse perspectives.
Enhance English skills, improve listening and reading comprehension skills, and acquire speaking and writing skills used in formal occasions.