This reading course is designed to help undergraduate and graduate students develop fundamental strategies to read English academic texts more effectively and critically. Strategies to be developed will include reading comprehension, vocabulary enrichment, close-reading analysis, and critical reflection. Reading texts will cover topics related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aim to address a wide variety of social and global issues ranging from poverty to climate change. Reading assignments, practice, and activities will explore an assortment of English language materials, such as news articles, academic articles, and opinions and commentaries across disciplines.
Through classroom reading activities, tasks and, group projects, students will be able to apply reading skills into practice. They will also learn how to synthesize information from various sources, including written texts and online videos, and activate critical thinking skills. On completion of this course, students will not only develop effective critical reading skills but also gain better awareness of global issues.
The course adheres to the NTU educational goal for students to develop
CC 1: independent judgment and ability to innovate
CC 2: professional knowledge and skills
CC 3: communicative and team skills
By the end of the course, students should be able to:
CILO 1: demonstrate awareness of local and global issues related to the UN SDGs and analyze their relationships to the world’s most pressing problems (CC 2 & 3)
CILO 2: activate critical reading skills and strategies to read a variety of genre texts, increase vocabulary, and respond critically to texts. (CC 1, 2 & 3)
CILO 3: summarize, analyze, and evaluate written and visual texts to assess or develop relevant solutions that would help realize the SDGs. (CC 1, 2 & 3)
CILO 4: demonstrate the ability to engage in reading as a part of a continuing dialogue within and beyond a discipline or community of readers. (CC 1, 2 & 3)
CILO 5: develop the capacity to discuss texts, verbally and in written form, with an independent intellectual perspective. (CC 1, 2 & 3)
|1||Introductory Module: Course Introduction||Reading Diagnostic Test|
|2||Topic: Battle Against Poverty||Evaluating Poverty Alleviation Strategies in Developing Countries|
|4||Topic: Breaking Gender Stereotypes||Strategies for Promoting Gender Equality|
|6||Topic: Defending Human Rights||Accessing Current Human Right Issues and Developing Possible Solutions|
|8||Midterm Group Project|
|9||Topic: Fighting for Social Justice||Class Debate|
|11||Topic: To Mitigate or To Adapt? – Act on Climate Change||Reviewing and Evaluating the Effectiveness of Acts on Climate Change|
|12||Topic: Affordable and Sustainable Energy||Exploring Types of Energy Resources and Possible Challenges|
|14||Topic: Quality Education||Assessing the Effects of Covid-19 Pandemic on Quality Education|
**英文程度為CEFR B1-B2, TOEIC 600-785, TOEFL iBT 60-72, IELTS 5.0-6.5** (Required English language proficiency: CEFR B1-B2, TOEIC 600-785, TOEFL iBT 60-72, IELTS 5.0-6.5)
1. Students are required to attend all classes. No more than TWO absences are permitted.
2. Active participation in class discussions is required.
3. All written work must be MS Word-processed (double-spacing, Times New Roman, 12-point font, and NO PDF).
4. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Anything plagiarized automatically results in a zero for the course.
一、Required Reading (Please list the reading on a weekly basis)
1. Assigned Reading Materials
The mandatory reading material consists of a compilation of online free-of-charge articles. There is no specific textbook for the course.
2. Extensive Readings
Additional readings will be assigned for in-class tasks.
二、Extended Readings (Please list the reading on a weekly basis)
|Types of Assessment||Weighting||Descriptions of Assessment Tasks|
|Online Reading Tasks||20%||Students will complete weekly assigned readings and watch videos on various SDG topics and reading strategies before class.|
|In-Class Quizzes||10%||Students will be given an in-class quiz weekly after completing online reading tasks.|
|Attendance||10%||Based on students’ participation in class discussions and their attendance.|
|In-Class Discussion & Assignments||30%||Students will be required to actively participate in class discussion of assigned texts and mini-project-based activities.|
|Learning Evaluation Tasks||30%||*Midterm Project-Based Learning Task (10%)
* Final Learning Evaluation Task (20%)