The Performance Focus courses teach presentation and visual literacy skills, aiming to teach students how to effectively communicate information through scripted presentations and visual material. Students will prepare and deliver presentations (either individually or in groups) on topics relevant to the field of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals are:
- No poverty
- Zero hunger
- Good health and well-being
- Quality education
- Gender equality
- Clean water and sanitation
- Affordable and clean energy
- Decent work and economic growth
- Industry, innovation, and infrastructure
- Reduced inequalities
- Sustainable cities and communities
- Responsible consumption and production
- Climate action
- Life below water
- Life on land
- Peace, justice, and strong institutions
- Partnerships for the goals
This course focuses on output: how students communicate information in English.
This involves extensive practice in script writing and the use of voice, eye contact, gestures, and other body language. Students will also make use of audio-visual and computer resources, including presentation software such as Microsoft PowerPoint (or similar software). They may also learn how to create poster presentations (optional).
As with the companion course Reading Focus for SDGs, presentations in the course will be on themes relevant to SDGs.
By the end of the course, all students will have had extensive practice in script writing and giving presentations. They will have learnt how to plan and present scripted oral presentations, including PowerPoint-style slideshows. When giving their presentations, they will be able to effectively use techniques involving voice, eye contact, gestures, and body language.
Week 1: What Is Racism? (Police killing of African Americans)
Week 2: What Is Racism? (The Worldwide Rise of Hate Groups)
Week 3: Does Consumerism Hurt? (Sweatshops in Central American and Bangladesh)
Week 4: Does Consumerism Hurt? (Fair Trade for Cash Crops in Kenya/Ethiopia)
Week 5: Profit & Public Health (Big Tobacco's Past Control of Government Policy)
Week 6: Profits & Public Health (Big Tobacco Held Accountable)
Week 7: Radio Havana Cuba (The Media/Radio in Cuba)
Week 8: Radio Havana Cuba (Healthcare and Education in Cuba)
Week 9: Al-Jazeera News (Arabic Language News in the Arab World)
Week 10: Al-Jazeera News (The Arab Spring--Democratic ferment)
Week 11: Al-Jazeera News (Democratic Change in Tunisia)
Week 12: Slave Labor Past & Present (Anne Frank and the Holocaust)
Week 13: Slave Labor Past & Present (Sweatshops around the world)
Week 14: Profits & Workers' Rights (A trip to Disney World in Orlando, Florida)
Students are required to spend at least an hour per week studying textbooks, class materials, or handouts in order to prepare for the next class and also to review material studied in previous classes.
Every other class will have a discussion. This is for you to develop your opinion and perhaps to debate or at least to compare opinions with other students in your group. Every other week you will also have internet research, for the necessary background information to help you develop an opinion. In listening to a variety of accents, particularly from people whose native language is not English, you will first learn to get the general meaning of spoken English, though you may not understand every word.
Most of your work for the class will be done outside of class, to prepare for the class, especially for the discussions. I will give students the websites for the video segments. Please watch the segment each week as many times as necessary as you follow the instructions in your homework pages for the Vocabulary, Getting Main Ideas, Listening For Details, Fill In Blanks, Final Details, Internet Research, and Things To Talk About.
|レポート||80||Every other week students will chose either a Discussion assignment or an Internet Report.|
|平常点||10||The teacher hopes all students will actively participate in each class and also to submit assignments on time.|
|その他||10||Students may be asked to give a presentation at the end of each semester.|
Note: Students who are absent four times or more during the semester will
receive the grade ‘F’.
I will try my very best to return your assignments in a timely fashion, with extensive written comments that I hope will help you improve your English!!
Students will be engaging each week with films, mostly documentaries, and with articles on the internet.
All materials will be provided by the instructor on manaba. If we have in person classes, please bring a computer to access these materials during class time. Or you can print them out on your own. The materials include websites for articles and documentaries.
Instructor’s name：Zion,Mark Nathan
Course name：PERFORMANCE FOCUS for SDGs Ⅰ１
Group level：B Class：B3 Year：1