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English
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Beginner Level
Approx. 15 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

4 hours to complete

Starting to write: Understanding definitions of identity

4 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 59 min), 5 readings, 4 quizzes
10 videos
Thinking about your essay6m
Meet our student writers5m
Through the looking glass: Who am I?5m
Woodward on identity: I, me and the world11m
Woodward on identity: Roots and routes12m
How do definitions work?3m
Definitions in context3m
Drafting your definition1m
Giving feedback on definitions4m
5 readings
How this course works10m
Meet your instructors5m
Week 1: What to expect10m
Summary of Woodward's interview10m
Week 1 recommended readings10m
3 practice exercises
Is this course right for you?20m
Woodward Practice Quiz6m
Week 1 Graded Quiz8m
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Developing an argument: shifting identities

3 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 51 min), 3 readings, 4 quizzes
10 videos
Identity and mobility through the ages3m
Nelson Mandela: Terrorist or freedom fighter?3m
Reading strategies6m
Applying reading strategies: Sichone’s chapter4m
Applying reading strategies: Blommaert’s chapter7m
Understanding the course essay4m
Drafting your introduction6m
Giving feedback on introductions9m
Relationship between the introduction and conclusion2m
3 readings
Week 2: What to expect10m
Required reading - Xenophobia by Owen Sichone10m
Required reading - Discourse by Blommaert10m
3 practice exercises
Sichone and Blommaert practice quiz4m
Week 2 practice quiz12m
Critique an introduction10m
Week
3

Week 3

4 hours to complete

Supporting the argument: situating identity within culture

4 hours to complete
12 videos (Total 62 min), 3 readings, 4 quizzes
12 videos
Case study of an international student1m
Pool of abundance: Understanding culture6m
Round table discussion on culture13m
Writing paragraphs3m
Quotes and paraphrasing3m
In-text referencing4m
Coherence and cohesion3m
Student writers drafting their paragraphs8m
Giving feedback on Ada’s paragraph5m
Giving feedback on Ziggy’s paragraph5m
Giving feedback on Joey's paragraphs3m
3 readings
Week 3: What to expect10m
Required reading: Culture: A contemporary definition by Thornton10m
Cohesive devices - Linking words10m
3 practice exercises
Thornton Quiz8m
Week 3 practice quiz8m
Paragraph development quiz12m
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Starting to finish: writing the first draft

3 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 46 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
8 videos
Round table discussion: Reflection on the readings14m
The essay building blocks5m
Referencing and managing sources5m
Giving feedback on Ziggy's draft7m
Giving feedback on Joey's draft3m
Giving feedback on Ada's draft3m
Looking forward2m
1 reading
Week 4: What to expect10m
2 practice exercises
Week 4 practice quiz6m
Critique an essay12m

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