The Reading Focus courses teaches deep English reading and associated writing skills, with an emphasis on the logical structure of texts. Students are taught how to understand and use written information in a logical and accurate way. Students are also taught problem-solving skills relevant to the field of global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and exploring ways to solve them.
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 input: how students understand written information in English.
This involves understanding the meaning of words, phrases, and sentences. Furthermore, it involves understanding how those words, phrases, and sentences fit together to form the overall meaning of paragraphs and longer texts.
As with the companion course Performance Focus for SDGs, readings in the course will be on themes relevant to SDGs, and the course will also include SDG-themed activities and projects which extend over several weeks.
By the end of the course, students will have improved their ability to read texts in a deep, logical, and comprehensive way. They will have read a variety of types and genres of texts (some of which the students may have themselves selected through basic research exercises) relevant to SDGs, and will understand the meaning of SDGs, their interconnections, and their importance in the modern world.
They will also have had extensive practice in responding analytically to their readings through summary and report writing, problem-solving exercises, and opinion-based writing.
Week 1: Course introduction / Leader Led Discussion Project activities - Locate SDG goal related article + Start work on Cornell Notes
Week 2: Leader Led Discussion Project activities - Complete Cornell Notes + Start work on Leader Sheet
Week 3: Leader Led Discussion Project activities - Complete Leader Sheet + Prepare worksheet and discussion questions
Week 4: Leader Led Discussion Project activities - Deliver summary speeches and lead group discussions
Week 5: Leader Led Discussion Project activities - Deliver summary speeches and lead group discussions
Week 6: Leader Led Discussion Project activities - Read articles + Complete worksheets + Discussions
Week 7: TED SDG Project preparation - Locate a TED talk & related articles based on an SDG goal + Start preparing worksheets
Week 8: TED SDG Project preparation - Complete worksheets
Week 9: TED SDG Project activities - View TED talk and discuss + Read related articles and discuss + Write reaction paragraphs
Week 10: TED SDG Project activities - View TED talk and discuss + Read related articles and discuss + Write reaction paragraphs
Week 11: TED SDG Project activities - View TED talk and discuss + Read related articles and discuss + Write reaction paragraphs
Week 12: Study IELTS Reading Test question types
Week 13: IELTS Reading Test
Week 14: Final class: Course review
Online Reading quizzes
|その他||100||35% Leader Led Discussion (preparation & activities)
35% TED Project (preparation & activities)
10% IELTS Reading Test
20% ReadTheory online reading quizzes
Note: Students who are absent four times or more during the semester will
receive the grade ‘F’.
There will be no textbook. Handouts will be provided by the instructor.
Students should bring a laptop computer (or similar device) to each class.
Course name：READING FOCUS for SDGs Ⅱ２
Group level：D Class：D2 Year：2