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English

Subtitles: English

Skills you will gain

GrammarMedia AnalysisEnglish LanguageMedia Literacy

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Approx. 22 hours to complete

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English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
8 hours to complete

Unit 1: Introduction to Media Literacy

11 videos (Total 46 min), 8 readings, 11 quizzes
11 videos
Course Overview: Topics, Assessments, Games & Activities6m
Media is Everywhere5m
Listening: Interview with William Cowen...6m
Language Focus: Previewing Texts4m
Unlockable Achievement 19s
What is Media Literacy?4m
Part 1: How Can we Analyze Media Messages?4m
Unlockable Achievement 29s
Part 2: How Can we Analyze Media Messages?5m
Language Focus: Skimming and Scanning5m
8 readings
Overview of the Unit10m
BASIC: Can you Separate Fact from Fiction?10m
ADVANCED: Can you Separate Fact from Fiction?10m
BASIC: Debate over Free Press in Ukraine Suffers from Old Stereotypes10m
ADVANCED: Debate over Free Press in Ukraine Suffers from Old Stereotypes10m
Game: Unit 1 Vocabulary Flashcards10m
Supplemental Reading: More to it! Media Literacy10m
Supplemental Reading: Make up your Own Mind. These Mobile News Apps Can Help.10m
11 practice exercises
Check Your Understanding: William Cowen Interview30m
Game 1: Preview the Text30m
Assessment 1: Self-Assessment of Media Literacy Skills30m
Check Your Understanding: "Can you Separate Fact from Fiction?"30m
Check Your Understanding: "Debate over Free Press in Ukraine Suffers from Old Stereotypes"30m
Game 2: Skimming and Scanning30m
Game 3: Vocabulary Practice30m
Check Your Understanding: "More to it! Media Literacy"30m
Game: Review Previewing a Text30m
Check Your Understanding: "Make up your Own Mind. These Mobile News Apps Can Help."30m
Game: Review Skimming and Scanning30m
Week
2
9 hours to complete

Unit 2: Types of Media: Traditional vs. Social

11 videos (Total 46 min), 8 readings, 12 quizzes
11 videos
What is Social Media?4m
Unlockable Achievement 39s
Language Focus - Comparative Adjectives5m
Overcoming Bias: The Power of Social Media5m
Using Social Media to Support Causes4m
Language Focus - Reductions5m
Part 1: The Reliability of Social Media (Editing/Doctoring Content)4m
Unlockable Achievement 49s
Part 2: The Reliability of Social Media (Credibility)4m
The Language of New Media4m
8 readings
Overview of the Unit10m
Study Finds Most Americans Get News from Social Media10m
BASIC: 5 Ways Social Media Helps Syrian Refugees10m
ADVANCED: 5 Ways Social Media Helps Syrian Refugees10m
Real or Not? Snowboarder's Video in Question10m
Game: Unit 2 Vocabulary Flashcards10m
Supplemental Reading: The Town that Runs on Twitter10m
Supplemental Reading: It's about How you Communicate your Message10m
11 practice exercises
Game 1: Categorize each Media Example with Its Type (Traditional or Social)30m
Check Your Understanding: "Study Finds Most Americans Get News from Social Media"30m
Game 2: Replace the Adjective with a Comparative Form30m
Check Your Understanding: "5 Ways Social Media Helps Syrian Refugees"30m
Game 3: Choose the Correct Reduced Form30m
Check Your Understanding: "Real or Not? Snowboarder's Video in Question"30m
Game 4: Vocabulary Review: Fill in the Blank30m
Check Your Understanding: "The Town that Runs on Twitter"30m
Game: Grammar Practice - Reductions30m
Check Your Understanding: "It's about How you Communicate your Message"30m
Game: Identify the Positive Aspects of Social Media from the Sentence Bank30m
Week
3
7 hours to complete

Unit 3: Advertising

12 videos (Total 50 min), 8 readings, 10 quizzes
12 videos
Thinking Critically about Advertisements4m
How do Advertisers Target Audiences?5m
Listening: Interview with Nancy Bollinger6m
Unlockable Achievement 59s
Language Focus - Order of Adjectives5m
Features of a Print Advertisement5m
Features of Radio and Television Advertisements4m
Language Focus - Intensifiers (Normal vs. Strong Adjectives)4m
Using the Internet to Advertise4m
Analyzing Advertisements4m
Unlockable Achievement 69s
8 readings
Overview of the Unit10m
BASIC: Internet Ads Outpace Print for First Time10m
ADVANCED: Internet Ads Outpace Print for First Time10m
BASIC: Advertisers Join the Search for Friends Online10m
ADVANCED: Advertisers Join the Search for Friends Online10m
Game: Unit 3 Vocabulary Flashcards10m
Ads are Everywhere, and We Do Mean Everywhere10m
New TV Advertisements Shock Viewers10m
10 practice exercises
Check Your Understanding: Interview with Nancy Bollinger30m
Game 1: Match the Target Audience with the Product30m
Game 2: Put the Adjectives in the Correct Order30m
Assessment 1: Advertising, thinking critically about ads, and targeting audiences30m
Game 3: Choose the Correct Intensifier30m
Check Your Understanding: "Internet Ads Outpace Print for First Time"30m
Check Your Understanding: "Advertisers Join the Search for Friends Online"30m
Check Your Understanding: "Ads are Everywhere, and We Do Mean Everywhere"30m
Bonus Game: Intensifier Use30m
Check Your Understanding: "New TV Advertisements Shock Viewers"30m
2 hours to complete

Unit 3: Advertising: Lesson Choices

1 video (Total min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
2 readings
Video Assessment Instructions10m
Written Assessment Instructions10m
Week
4
7 hours to complete

Bias in the Media

11 videos (Total 41 min), 8 readings, 9 quizzes
11 videos
What is Media Bias?4m
Unlockable Achievement 79s
PART 1: Language Focus- Expressing Opinions using Modals (should, must, could, might)4m
PART 2: Language Focus- Expressing Opinions using Modals (should, must, could, might)3m
Bias by Omission5m
Unlockable Achievement 89s
Bias by Placement5m
Language Focus - Connotation vs. Denotation4m
Bias by Spin4m
Overcoming Bias4m
8 readings
Overview of the Unit10m
BASIC: For the Press, Elections are a Test of Accountability10m
ADVANCED: For the Press, Elections are a Test of Accountability10m
Are Facebook’s Trending Topics Unfair?10m
Game: Unit 4 Vocabulary Flashcards10m
Supplemental Reading: Are Biased Sources Replacing Standard News Networks in America?10m
BASIC: US Public Broadcasting Chairman Defends Actions on Alleged Bias in Programming10m
ADVANCED: US Public Broadcasting Chairman Defends Actions on Alleged Bias in Programming10m
9 practice exercises
Check Your Understanding: "For the Press, Elections are a Test of Accountability"30m
Game 1: Choose the Correct Modal30m
Check Your Understanding: "Are Facebook’s Trending Topics Unfair?"30m
Game 2: Denotations and Connotations30m
Game 3: Identifying Negative Connotations30m
Check Your Understanding: "Are Biased Sources Replacing News Networks?"30m
Game: Bias by Omission, Placement, or Spin?30m
Check Your Understanding: “US Public Broadcasting Chairman Defends Actions on Alleged Bias in Programming”30m
Game: Positive/Neutral and Negative Connotations30m
2 hours to complete

Bias in the Media: Lesson Choices

2 videos (Total 2 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
2 videos
Written Challenge Overview1m
2 readings
Instructions for Video Recording10m
Instructions for Peer-reviewed Written Assessment10m
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Top reviews from English for Media Literacy

By DTJan 27th 2019

I learned a lot from this online course especially the skills in media literacy. Thank you very much University of Pennsylvania. God bless to all staff and the people behind this program. More power!

By LBFeb 9th 2019

This course helps people to b knowledgeable in a very accessible way. Through Coursra you can study even in different places. Also you will get a Certificate that will be valubale to every learner.

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Ian Nichols

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