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This course will look at contemporary issues facing humankind in the 21st Century. The modern world is at a crossroads and solving significant problems facing the international community — such as halting global warming and environmental devastation, stemming nuclear proliferation, and developing alternative energy sources — should be of particular interest to all university-age students. The primary focus of the course will be on the global content, with various linguistic skills taught to improve meaningful communication. Students enrolled in the course will be engaged in a wide range of activities covering the four skill areas — listening, reading, speaking, and writing. Specific activities will include documentary film viewing and analysis, intensive reading, in-class debates and presentations, and expository writing, with help from the teacher as to how to accomplish these activities effectively. Through the class website, students will be assigned background reading and research activities to increase their knowledge and confidence about the topics and to provide a solid basis for class work. The website will also be used for students’ comments and opinions about the topic and to provide a means of ongoing communication between the students and the teacher.

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