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English

Subtitles: English

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45%

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Beginner Level

Approx. 34 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

7 hours to complete

Unit 1: Is the Earth Getting Warmer?

7 hours to complete
12 videos (Total 46 min), 8 readings, 8 quizzes
12 videos
Course Overview: Topics, Assessments, Games & Activities4m
Course Overview: Topics, Assessments, Games & Activities Part 24m
Is the Earth Getting Warmer?5m
Language Focus: Previewing Texts6m
Unlockable Achievement 19s
Warming Experiment (Part 1)4m
Warming Experiment (Part 2)5m
Global Warming vs. Climate Change5m
Unlockable Achievement 29s
Language Focus: Comparative Adjectives4m
Online Learning Opportunities to Extend Your Skills38s
8 readings
Overview of the Unit10m
Game 1: Unit 1 Vocabulary Flashcards10m
UN Report: Last 10 Years Likely the Hottest Decade on Record10m
Warming Experiment Chart10m
BASIC: Climate Change: How Do we Know?10m
ADVANCED: Climate Change: How Do we Know?10m
WMO: Global Warming Happening Faster than Predicted10m
5 Takeaways from the Latest Climate Data10m
7 practice exercises
Game 2: Previewing Texts30m
Check Your Understanding: “UN Report: Last 10 Years Likely the Hottest Decade on Record"30m
Check Your Understanding: "Climate Change: How Do we Know?"30m
Game 3: Comparative Adjectives30m
Check Your Understanding: "WMO: Global Warming Happening Faster than Predicted"30m
Game: Review Comparative Adjectives30m
Check Your Understanding: "5 Takeaways from the Latest Climate Data"30m
Week
2

Week 2

7 hours to complete

Unit 2: The Greenhouse Effect

7 hours to complete
12 videos (Total 43 min), 9 readings, 10 quizzes
12 videos
Greenhouse Gases5m
Unlockable Achievement 39s
Nature's Role in the Greenhouse Effect6m
Language Focus: Present Progressive4m
The Burning of Fossil Fuels6m
Language Focus: Cause and Effect (so, because of, therefore, as a result)4m
Unlockable Achievement 49s
Deforestation and Farming4m
The Disposal of Waste5m
Instructions & Sample for Assessment 2, Manmade Source of Greenhouse Effect1m
Unlockable Achievement 56s
9 readings
Overview of the Unit10m
Game 1: Unit 2 Vocabulary Flashcards10m
BASIC: A Blanket Around the Earth10m
ADVANCED: A Blanket Around the Earth10m
BASIC: Need Strategies to Clear the Air? Ask a Megacity.10m
ADVANCED: Need Strategies to Clear the Air? Ask a Megacity.10m
Unit 2 Assessment 2: Written Instructions10m
Charcoal Trade Is Destroying Africa’s Forest Cover10m
Melting of Ice Wedges Adds to Arctic Warming10m
9 practice exercises
Check Your Understanding: "A Blanket Around the Earth"30m
Game 2: Match the Greenhouse Gas to its Source30m
Game 3: Present Progressive30m
Unit 2 Assessment 1: Label the Parts of the Greenhouse Effect Diagram30m
Game 4: Cause and Effect30m
Check Your Understanding: "Need Strategies to Clear the Air? Ask a Megacity."30m
Check Your Understanding: "Charcoal Trade Is Destroying Africa’s Forest Cover"
Game: Review Present Progressive30m
Check Your Understanding: "Melting of Ice Wedges Adds to Arctic Warming"30m
Week
3

Week 3

6 hours to complete

The Impacts of Climate Change on our World

6 hours to complete
11 videos (Total 45 min), 8 readings, 8 quizzes
11 videos
Hurricanes & Storms5m
Language Focus: Scanning for Details5m
Unlockable Achievement 69s
Rising Sea Levels4m
The Impact on Our Health5m
Language Focus: Intensifiers (Normal and Strong Adjectives)3m
Expert Interview: Shandra Banutu-Gomez - The Situation in Africa5m
The Threat to Plants and Animals6m
Unlockable Achievement 79s
The Stress on Our Marine Ecosystem4m
8 readings
Overview of the Unit10m
BASIC: The Consequences of Climate Change10m
ADVANCED: The Consequences of Climate Change10m
Game 2: Unit 3 Vocabulary Flashcards10m
BASIC: New Study Suggests Global Marine Food Chain Collapse10m
ADVANCED: New Study Suggests Global Marine Food Chain Collapse10m
Study: Planet-Warming Gasses Make Food Less Nutritious10m
African Nations Vulnerable to Effects of Climate Change10m
8 practice exercises
Game 1: Scanning for Details30m
Check Your Understanding: "The Consequences of Climate Change"30m
Unit 3 Assessment 1: The Effects of Climate Change on the Environment30m
Game 3: Intensifiers30m
Check Your Understanding: "New Study Suggests Global Marine Food Chain Collapse"30m
Check Your Understanding: "Study: Planet-Warming Gasses Make Food Less Nutritious"
Game: Review: Intensifiers30m
Check Your Understanding: "African Nations Vulnerable to effects of Climate Change"30m
Week
4

Week 4

7 hours to complete

Discovering Cleaner Energy Sources to Power the World

7 hours to complete
11 videos (Total 45 min), 10 readings, 9 quizzes
11 videos
The Power of Sun, Wind, and Water7m
Unlockable Achievement 89s
Language Focus: Summarizing Main Ideas from a Text (Part 1)5m
Language Focus: Summarizing Main Ideas from a Text (Part 2)7m
New Discoveries in Renewable Energy4m
Expert Interview: Dr. Yang - Capturing Waste Heat to Create Energy4m
Language Focus: Using Modal Verbs to Make a Suggestion6m
Unlockable Achievement 99s
Assessment 2 Sample, New Energy System2m
Unlockable Achievement 106s
10 readings
Overview of the Unit10m
Game 1: Unit 4 Vocabulary Flashcards10m
BASIC: Indian Scientists Design Solar Tree to Save Space for Solar Power Generation10m
ADVANCED: Indian Scientists Design Solar Tree to Save Space for Solar Power Generation10m
Model Summary: Preparation for Unit 4 Assessment 110m
BASIC: Salting Away Renewable Energy for Future Use10m
ADVANCED: Salting Away Renewable Energy for Future Use10m
Unit 4 Assessment 2: Written assessment instructions10m
'Blue Energy' Could be Another Way to Go Green10m
Nuclear Developers Have Big Plans for Pint-sized Power Plants in UK10m
8 practice exercises
Check Your Understanding: "Indian Scientists Design Solar Tree to Save Space for Solar Power Generation"30m
Game 2: Matching Main Ideas to Short Paragraphs30m
Unit 4 Assessment 1: Summary Response20m
Game 3: Order the Modal Verbs by Strength (Strong Suggestion – Weak Suggestion)30m
Check Your Understanding: "Salting away renewable energy for future use."30m
Check Your Understanding: “'Blue Energy' Could be Another Way to Go Green”30m
Grammar Review: Modals of Suggestion30m
Check Your Understanding: "Nuclear Developers Have Big Plans for Pint-sized Power Plants in UK"30m

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