English Diploma Course 2 (Technology in the News)

Course Schedule

Class Weekly Topics In class/Online Tasks Materials/Quizzes OEL Agenda
1 Orientation and Course Overview  
2 Newspaper Formats Meeting 2 worksheet      
3 Types of Technology
Yahoo Finance
Meeting 3 worksheet      
4 News Discovery Segment Workshop I
Yahoo Finance
Meeting 4 worksheet   1+ OEL  
5 News Discovery Segment Workshop II Meeting 5 worksheet      
6 News Discovery Segment I News Discovery Segment
Discussion Questions I
News Discovery Segment
7 News Discovery Segment II News Discovery Segment
Discussion Questions II
8 News Discovery Segment III News Discovery Segment
Discussion Questions III
9 News Discovery Segment IV News Discovery Segment
Discussion Questions IV
10 Science & Technology
Media Resources
Exercise Strategies
Meeting 10 worksheet Example OEL
Article 2023
11 Media Exercise Prep I      
12 Media Exercise Prep II      
13 Media Exercise Prep III      
14 Media Exercise Quiz
Media Exercise Revision
15 Media Exercise Follow-up   Media Exercise Materials
Market Sector Presentation Materials

Course Can-do Goals

Newspaper Reading

  1. I can understand the standard format of the Inverted Pyramid.
  2. I can recognize different headline styles.
  3. I can understand the different reasons why a story is newsworthy.

Speaking Skills

  1. I can participate in a small group discussion and express my opinions, feelings and reservations about a topic.
  2. I can give clear instructions and directions related to moderately complex, familiar, technical and non-technical tasks.
  3. I can comfortably speak formally or informally, on topics involving problem-solving or decision-making. I can make a detailed comparison.
  4. I can research, develop and deliver a 10-minute presentation.
  5. I can use a variety of sentence structures and idioms.
  6. I can correct myself or rephrase what I said when I know that people do not understand me.
  7. I can use a variety of strategies to keep the conversation or discussion going.

Listening Skills

  1. I can understand the main points and important details of a discussion, presentation, or news clip.
  2. I can identify the situation, relationship, mood and attitude of the people I listen to.
  3. I can understand formal discussions, informal discussions, and presentations on familiar topics if I am involved in the discussions and presentations.
  4. I can understand more complex vocabulary and less-common idioms.
  5. I can predict consequences and outcomes.
  6. I can understand routine, classroom-related conversation.
  7. I can understand native speakers when they speak quickly to one another, although I might still have trouble.

Reading Skills

  1. I can read authentic text that is 1–2 pages long and moderately complex. I can locate and integrate, or compare and contrast information from a variety of visually complex sources.
  2. I can follow everyday instructional texts containing 10 – 15 steps.
  3. I can use an English-English dictionary, but mostly for confirmation and precision.
  4. I can read and understand both concrete and abstract language, dealing with facts, opinions and feelings.
  5. I can sometimes infer the meaning of a new word by the context or by the use of prefixes and suffixes in the word.
  6. I can paraphrase and summarize the main points of a reading section.

Writing Skills

  1. I can summarize longer texts without losing essential information.
  2. I can use complex structures, spelling and sentence mechanics with fairly good control, although my sentences may sound ‘foreign’ to English readers.
  3. I can write down several key points from a news article or video clip.
  4. I can write a report or presentation comparing two products or describing a process.
  5. I can write questions that reflect key points of written articles.
  6. I can write plausible distractors to questions about written articles.
  7. I can write questions that reflect key points of short videos.
  8. I can write plausible distractors to questions about short videos.

Types of Technology

  1. I can understand what destructive technology is.
  2. I can understand what disruptive technology is.
  3. I can understand what sustainable technology is.
  4. I can give some examples of destructive, disruptive, and sustainable technologies.

IT Skills: Google Docs

  1. I can contribute to a shared document using GoogleDocs.
  2. I can create a document and share it with others using GoogleDocs.
  3. I can make a presentation using Google presentation software.
  4. I can use a spreadsheet to track trends.
  5. I can use a spreadsheet to create a graph about trends.

IT Skills: Yahoo! Finance

  1. I can identify different industrial sectors.
  2. I can track the market history of a company.
  3. I can quickly find news related to a company or industrial sectors.
  4. I can identify factors that influence the stock prices of companies.

IT Skills: Google Forms

  1. I can take an online quiz using google forms.
  2. I can create an online quiz using google forms..
  3. I can access the summary of responses using google forms.
  4. I can analyze the data contained in the summary of responses of google forms.

Academic Skills

  1. I can determine whether news media has educational value for EFL students.
  2. I can identify areas of news media to target for comprehension questions.
  3. I can identify key words in news media.
  4. I can paraphrase or reword short sections of a news media story.
  5. I can use a thesaurus properly.
  6. I can create different types of distractors for multiple choice comprehension questions.