This webinar is part of a series sponsored by the Office of English Language Programs from the U.S. Department of State. The intended audience is teachers of English as a Foreign Language in countries around the world. If this is you, please contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Regional English Language Officer for details on how to register. To accomodate those in different time zones, the talk will be presented twice, once at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time and then again at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
Here’s a description of what we’ll talk about:
Each day English language students absorb messages from newspapers, magazines, television, radio, and many forms of social media. Just as we help our students to read, listen to, and understand English, we also want to help them develop critical thinking skills to understand and assess the information they obtain through different forms of media. In this webinar we will present activities to help students ask key questions about the messages found in news and social media. We will examine specific media texts and engage in hands-on evaluation techniques that can be used in class with students.