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================================================================ ============================ Your Name: Patricia Lago Country: Uruguay

Title of Course (or Workshop): Pre- Proficiency Length of Course (or Workshop) (Ex: one year, one semester, 10 weeks): one year Level and age of students (Ex: advanced university level, ages 19 24): C1 according to CEF , ages 18-60

WEEK 2 Task: Analyzing a Course using the Elements of Thought Questions Purpose What is the purpose of your course? (in one sentence) Your Responses (please complete the statements with information that relates to your particular course) The purpose of my course is that students access and interact with authentic material from the area of social studies in order to gain insights into the target language culture as well as their own culture. Throughout the course students will express these insights through: the writing of argumentative essays, debates on different topics and minipresentations. At the start of the course, I assume that my students are high school graduates or University students, which implies they have some experience reading\listening critically. I also assume that their level of English is B2+\ C1 according to CEF.

Assumptions What assumptions are you making about your students at the start of the course? Points of View

What points of view (on the subject/ skills/ topics being taught) will be stressed in this course?

Points of view that are stressed in this course include students awareness on their own frame of reference and understanding how it is shaped and how it is similar\different from the target cultures one. The skills used for debating, discussion, and presentation of ideas orally or in written form (academic essays) are components of this course.

Questions/Issues What essential questions/issues Some essential questions students learn to answer in this course are do students learn to answer in how environmentally aware they are and how environmentally this course? aware their community is up to what extent prejudices and stereotypes regarding sex, age, nationality, etc. have played a role in defining who they are and\or defining the rules of the society they live in how technology has had an impact on education how family values\social values have changed over time Concepts What essential concepts do students learn about in this course? (a list of essential concepts is acceptable. Some essential concepts students learn about in this course are values (their own values, society values, etc) education social responsibility change (in social institutions, in paradigms) environmental awareness Students will need to access information about the topics mentioned above from different sources such as: short stories (e.g. True Love by Isaac Asimov)

Information What type of information will students need to access during this course?

Conclusions / Inferences Based on the learning students do in this course, what conclusions will students draw or what inferences might they make?

speeches (e.g. I have a dream) articles, letters or essays (e.g. Chief Seattles letter) movies (e.g. The bucket list) songs (e.g. Englishman in NY) Having learned to listen\ read critically students will probably be able to infer someones viewpoint and some of the assumptions behind them. By comparing and contrasting viewpoints through the analysis of what they read\listen, they will probably gain a better understanding of their own motives and those of others (or those of other cultures) By exploring different kinds of writing, they might be able to adopt some good writing practices which they might be able to transfer to their college writing (in their native language). Having explored and discussed different topics in depth, they will be able to improve their spoken and written delivery by elaborating and justifying their ideas.

Implications What are some implications of the above inferences/conclusions that students learn to make in this course?

Based on the above-mentioned inferences/conclusions that students are likely to make, some implications are Students will gain awareness on their beliefs, traditions and values. Students will become better citizens of the world. Students will develop skills that will allow them to present, support and justify their opinions in a variety of contexts (in both written and oral form). Students will also develop skills to politely interact with those who have viewpoints which are opposite to theirs.