Course Description

Course Name

English in Media

Session: VSOS3221

Hours & Credits

3 Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Course Structure
Students will be organized into large- and small-group discussions. Predominantly, American films will be studied, with several potential objectives in mind. These include, but are not limited to, improving listening comprehension, enhancing leadership capabilities, summarizing and connecting ideas, building vocabulary and expressions, learning to identify important scenes and symbols in movies, addressing cultural topics, and sharing views/ideas with others. Students will write reaction papers and complete role sheets in preparation for discussion with classmates. Midterm and final examinations will be essay based.

'Innovative Approaches to Cinema' by Blackwood, Michael
The films themselves will act as reference sources. Discussion will be based on film content and occasional referencing to the text. Each film, optimally, will be viewed three times: once during class, with frequent breaks for lecture or discussion; again, while completing role sheets; finally, during midterm or final exam week to aid in completion of essays. The above text should be available after the first day of class; more info will be given in class as to where you can obtain the text.

Active participation in class is required, understandably in English. Students are expected to use English when communicating their ideas and opinions, doing exercises, and completing any writing assignments given by the professor. Participation includes attendance; therefore, you should arrive on time for class, ready to begin work.  If you are late (coming in after class has begun generally constitutes "being late", or absent (showing up well after class has begun implies a general absence from the day's activities), there will be a penalty.

*Course content subject to change