News Topics (NTP101)
This course is aimed at upper-intermediate and advanced students who are interested in improving their English communication skills through reading, watching and discussing current issues in the news. The media is full of interesting topics for reading, listening and discussion. Furthermore, they are reported in the English that native speakers use everyday. Therefore, rather than using texts designed for language learners, we will use authentic newspaper articles, TV news and documentaries. The goals of the course are twofold: first, to develop reading, listening and discussion skills; second, to encourage students to read news articles (or follow the news on TV/radio) so that students can learn to use these as effective study tools for improving their English skills.
John has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with a specialization in Computer Integrated Manufacturing, and is presently pursing an MA in Applied Linguistics. He is from Canada, and has lived in the United States, Europe, Korea, and for the past five years he has been working and living in Japan. He has worked as a Field Service and Intelligence Engineer for an American medical device company, and currently works as a business English instructor and corporate trainer for Japanese multinational companies.
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