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.
Yoneko was born in Peru but has lived in the USA, UK, and Spain where she worked in tourism, international politics and cross-cultural studies before moving to Japan in 2006. In 2008, she completed her M.A. in International Cooperation Policy at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University on a Merit of Academic Achievement Scholarship. She consults with companies and trains executives who wish to have a better understanding of cross-cultural communication in order to carry out successful business worldwide. She also worked for UN World Tourism Organization marketing Bhutan as a new tourism destination in Asia. She is a Certified Cultural Trainer by ITIM International and is fluent in English, Spanish and Japanese. She continuously researches cross-cultural communication and business.
Yoneko has published in the following: 1) (Noticias Latinoamericanas magazine); "3-11" (an article about the social impact of the 3.11 earthquake) 2); Touyou Keizai (her seminar on Japanese culture for expats was featured); 3) ITIM International: "Bob a Distracted Traveler" (an article on Cross-cultural communication); 4) "Positive Thinking to Learn English" (Kindle version available); 5) "Stingy" (Kindle version available).
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