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course outline

Outline: This course lasts for 12 weeks. It is done mainly online, but learners are encouraged to arrange face-to-face “study mornings”. There are two main learning objectives to the course: 1) to improve your English language skills, 2) to improve your Web 2.0 skills. To achieve these objectives, you will need to do activities on your own, in pairs and in groups and post all your work in an online environment for everyone to share.

Learning Objectives:

  1. to read and understand pre-intermediate level web-based texts;
  2. to listen to and understand pre-intermediate level web-based texts;
  3. to identify information in texts that can be used in your own written or oral texts;
  4. to publish your work in a number of formats (blogs and microblogs, shared files, podcasts);
  5. to read and comment upon the work of classmates;
  6. to listen to and comment upon the work of classmates;
  7. to work as an individual and in groups to publish texts;
  8. to competently use a variety of Web 2.0 tools (google docs, twitter, blogger, mypodcasts, edmodo);

Syllabus: The course is broken down into the following 11 modules. Click on the modules for details.

module 0 – orientation

  1. open a google email account (if you don’t have one) and send an email to your teacher. [tutorial]
  2. open a shared presentation on google.docs and add a page.
  3. open a twitter account and start twittering. [tutorial]
  4. open a blog on www.blogger.com and make a simple post. [tutorial]
  5. open an account for your podcasts at mypodcasts.com and make a simple podcast. [tutorial]
  6. open a student account on edmodo and post your gmail, twitter, blog and podcast.
  7. do a practice quiz on ClassMarker. [back to top]

module 1 – people and places

  1. reading: India – text and comprehension activities 1, 2
  2. reading comprehension quiz
  3. listening: India – 4 texts (1, 2, 3, 4) and comprehension activities
  4. listening comprehension quiz
  5. writing: essay (100-150 words) about hometown
  6. twitter: at least 7 tweets
  7. blog: text about hometown
  8. podcast: speak about your hometown
  9. presentation: our hometowns (group work) [back to top]

module 2 – food

  1. reading: food – text and comprehension activities 1
  2. reading comprehension quiz
  3. listening: food – 4 texts (1, 2, 3, 4) and comprehension activities
  4. listening comprehension quiz
  5. writing: a recipe from your country
  6. twitter: at least 10 tweets – 5 about your learning
  7. blog: recipe from your country
  8. podcast: describe a recipe from your country
  9. presentation: recipes from our countries (group work) [back to top]

module 3 – season’s greetings

  1. reading: Christmas – text and comprehension activities 1
  2. reading comprehension quiz
  3. listening: Christmas – 4 texts (1, 2, 3, 4) and comprehension activities
  4. listening comprehension quiz
  5. writing: Christmas in your country
  6. twitter: at least 10 tweets – 5 about your learning
  7. blog: Christmas in your country
  8. podcast: describe Christmas in your country
  9. presentation: Christmas in your countries (group work) [back to top]

module 4 – New Year’s festivities

  1. reading: New Year festivities – text and comprehension activities 1
  2. reading comprehension quiz
  3. listening: Christmas – 4 texts (1, 2, 3, 4) and comprehension activities
  4. listening comprehension quiz
  5. writing: Your Christmas holiday
  6. twitter: at least 10 tweets – 5 about your learning
  7. blog: Your Christmas holiday
  8. podcast: describe your Christmas holiday
  9. presentation: Your Christmas holiday (group work) [back to top]

module 5 – favourite places

  1. reading: a favourite place  (text) and comprehension activity (1)
  2. reading comprehension quiz
  3. listening: 4 texts (1, 2, 3, 4) and comprehension activities
  4. listening comprehension quiz
  5. writing: Your favourite childhood place
  6. twitter: at least 10 tweets – 5 about your learning
  7. blog: Your favourite childhood place
  8. podcast: describe your favourite childhood place
  9. presentation: Your favourite childhood place (group work) [back to top]

module 6 – now and then

  1. reading: life as a teenager (text) and do a comprehension activity (1)
  2. reading comprehension quiz
  3. listening: 4 texts (1, 2, 3,  4) and comprehension activities
  4. listening comprehension quiz
  5. writing: changes in your life
  6. twitter: at least 10 tweets – 5 about your learning
  7. blog: changes in your life
  8. podcast: describe the changes in your life
  9. presentation: the changes in your life (group work) [back to top]

module 7 – the future

  1. reading: a person’s job and future plans (text) and comprehension activity (1)
  2. reading comprehension quiz
  3. listening: 4 texts (1, 2, 3, 4) and comprehension activities
  4. listening comprehension quiz
  5. writing: your future plans
  6. twitter: at least 10 tweets – 5 about your learning
  7. blog: your future plans
  8. podcast: describe your future plans
  9. presentation: your future plans (group work) [back to top]

module 8 – protecting the environment

  1. reading: recycling (text) and  comprehension activity (1)
  2. reading comprehension quiz
  3. listening: 4 texts (1, 2, 3, 4) and comprehension activities
  4. listening comprehension quiz
  5. writing: protecting the environment
  6. twitter: post at least 10 tweets – 5 about your learning
  7. blog: protecting the environment
  8. podcast: talk about protecting the environment
  9. presentation: protecting the environment (group work) [back to top]

module 9 – city versus country

  1. reading: city and country living (text) and  comprehension activity (1)
  2. reading comprehension quiz
  3. listening: 4 texts (1, 2, 3, 4) and comprehension activities
  4. listening comprehension quiz
  5. writing: city/country life in your country
  6. twitter: post at least 10 tweets – 5 about your learning
  7. blog: city/country life in your country
  8. podcast: talking about city/country life in your country
  9. presentation: city/country life in your country (group work)  [back to top]

module 10 – looking back at your study

  1. reading: exams (text) and comprehension activity (1)
  2. reading comprehension quiz
  3. listening: 4 texts (1, 2, 3, 4) and comprehension activities
  4. listening comprehension quiz
  5. writing: your learning experiences in this course
  6. twitter: post at least 10 tweets – 5 about your learning
  7. blog: your learning experiences in this course
  8. podcast: talking about your learning experiences in this course
  9. presentation: your learning experiences in this course (group work) [back to top]
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2 Responses

  1. Hello – thanks for this well-done article. Please accept this, my English is not the best. Hindi is my native tongue but I am trying to learn getting down English. Peace!

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