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ESL584:  CULTURE THROUGH FILM


Course Description

This course is designed to practice listening and speaking skills through the use of selected films. The course highlights different intercultural issues and aspects of American culture, and students enhance their listening and speaking skills by means of authentic discourse. Because film provides a real sample of speech in a multi- dimensional experience, ESL learners can experience the language in a more complete manner while analyzing cultural issues. This is a pass/no pass course. ADVISORY: ESL 541 or ESL Assessment recommendation.


Learning Outcomes

  • Compare and contrast specific issues in each film with the student's native culture.
  • Demonstrate basic information competency and critical thinking skills by using the internet to research and evaluate key issues presented in the films.
  • Select the correct definition of key vocabulary by using contextual clues in the discourse and making inferences.
  • Analyze discourse used in short and long film segments.
  • Interpret outcomes and aspects of a film and relate to student's own native culture and personal experiences.
  • Identify and explain main issues presented in each film.


Last modified: November 25, 2014
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