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 articles, two short stories, and news articles that they collect themselves to help them realize similarities and differences between their own culture and other cultures. Based upon such differences, they are guided to reflect upon potential conflicts and partnerships among cultures.
Students should be able to read or comprehend longer articles and verbally express their understanding and viewpoints of different cultures in multicultural environments. They should also be able to compose a three-paragraph essay with complete structures and clear statements. In addition, students will learn how to exchange their opinions and negotiate with their peers within a group in order to engage in successful group discussions.
By reading articles concerning global issues and comparing different presentations of those issues in literature, students will be guided to reflect on their position in a globalized world and how they can actively participate in discussions related to global issues in order for them to become world citizens.
By completing this course, students are expected to achieve the following objectives:
Be able to compare similarities and differences among cultures in the world and embrace the differences among them.
Obtain a deeper understanding of global issues and be able to reflect on their own place in the tide of globalization.
Be able to read and comprehend longer articles, actively participate in group discussions, and develop basic skills in speech and essay-writing.