English for 21st Century

Course Description

English for the 21st Century is a skill and task-based course designed specifically to prepare the 21st century learners to use English effectively in social, educational and professional context.

Course Goal

This course enables learners to be proficient in English language proficiency equivalent to CEFR B1 level.

Course Main Objectives

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the main points of clear standard input on various topics of discussion
  • Deal with a variety of realistic situations from seminars to presentations and apply 21st century skill techniques in discussions
  • Produce connected texts about social, educational and professional issues using simple and complex sentences

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Vocabulary: Recall enough language to get by, with sufficient vocabulary to express themselves with some hesitation and circumlocutions on topics such as ‘research and scientific theories’, ‘hijack and robberies’, ‘logistics’ and ‘brain functions’ etc
  • Grammar: Demonstrate reasonably accurate repertoire of frequently used ‘routines’ and grammar patterns associated with more predictable situations for relevant topics of discussion
  • Listening: Recognize the main point with important details of a range of radio or TV programs on current affairs/creative topics of personal or professional interests
  • Reading: Identify the information in diagrams and graphs about brain world population, sports and gender, etc
  • Speaking: Employ correct speaking strategies to speak, argue, persuade and participate in debates and discussions with confidence on different topics
  • Writing: Write a structured narrative with evidence using a combination of simple and advanced sentence structures
  • 21st Century skills (C21):
    – Differentiate between subjective and objective arguments
    – Identify assumptions using critical thinking (logical vs lateral thinking) and develop life skills
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