In this course we will take a relaxed and fun approach to learning about and discussing current events and news stories that shape our world.
Each week we will focus on what you found interesting in the news. topics can be international, Taiwan-centric, or even something cool or important that happened in your neighborhood. We can discuss the arts, international politics, health, sports—whatever! Come ready to both talk about an issue or news story and explain to the class why it is important or interesting. We don’t simply want to rehash or retell something we read or saw on TV, but to dig deeper and discover the broader implications and connections and learn why it should matter to us.
This class will appeal to anybody who wants to talk about current events in English. However, it will be especially helpful for the person who feels they have a decent grasp of things in print but doesn’t necessarily feel 100% confident in their speaking ability (Don’t worry, speaking in front of a group is a challenge for many native speakers as well). This course will provide an opportunity to practice your English, learn about current events, meet new people, and have lively discussions in a relaxed and friendly environment.
Each week students should read at least a couple of news stories and find one that you found particularly interesting or important. It doesn't have to be the biggest thing that happened each week. Rather, our goal will be to have a nice spread of news stories to discuss. Addiitonally, I will send out a particular news story that we can focus on as a group to learn new vocabulary and analyze the written structure.
Feel free to use any TV channel, radio, website or news source to learn about what's Quality English news sources include:
The New York Times -- nytimes.com
The Washington Post -- washingtonpost.com
NPR (publicly funded radio news from the US) -- npr.org
The World from PRI (Daily radio news 「andpublic」 interest stories for an English audience) -- pri.org
Democracy Now (Left-leaning news with a social-justice orientation) --democracynow.org
The BBC --- BBC.com/news
Politico (mainly political news) -- politico.com
PBS News (hour-long televison news program on America's publicly-funded TV channel) -- pbs.org/newshour