To acquire techniques and strategies for reading comprehension related to journalism.
To improve students language competence through the study of topic-related literature.
To develop new strategies of learner autonomy.
On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Apply acquired skills and strategies for reading comprehension
2. Use authentic materials to further develop their communicative competence
3. Demonstrate the ability to rephrase the acquired topic-related vocabulary.
4. Express autonomously their views and attitudes related to the media, politics and business
5. Apply and integrate the acquired grammatical structures and language skills in writing short structured texts
6. Differentiate between the main styles and registers in quality press and tabloids
7. Compare and contrast different political regimes
Week by Week Schedule
1. Introduction to general vocabulary related to print and electronic media.
2. Reading techniques and strategies ( skimming and scanning) using authentic materials.
3. Interviews - practising reported speech.
4. Using collocations on different texts of choice related to print and electronic media.
5. Headlines in print media - differences in style by comparing headlines in quality papers and tabloids.
6. Political correctness - contrast and comparison of politically correct vocabulary in foreign and national print media.
7. Expressing moral values in journalism focusing on political topics.
8. Giving opinions on different political regimes.
9. Basic terminology related to business.
10. Vocabulary expansion and use of collocations focusing on people in business.
11. Register transfer in authentic materials.
12. Openings and closings of articles - how to make an opening or closing paragraph more interesting to the reader (a quotation, a reference to a well-known fact, a description, a surprising or bizarre statement, etc.).
13. Writing short structured texts with reference to politics, business and print and electronic media.
14. Writing short structured texts with reference to politics, business and print and electronic media.
15. Vocabulary building through various topic-related authentic materials. Autonomous students' presentations and subsequent discussions.