Syllabus: Reading the Times and the Journal
Instructor: Bret Putnam
Class Location: Zoom
Course Profile: Introduction to American print journalism, with study of two legacy newspapers: The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
Course Goals: Perfect reading comprehension and conversational fluency. Practice expressing complex and nuanced ideas in speech and in writing. Improve pronunciation and reduce accent. Deepen knowledge of contemporary American culture, with a focus on geography, history, politics, business and the arts.
Format: Each week students will be assigned the reading of three news articles. In class we will read and analyze one story in depth, and converse on the story topic. We will also focus on vocabulary acquisition, word usage and meaning. Students may improve their writing skills by completing a writing assignments. The instructor will also cover essential grammar.
Course Materials: The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. The instructor will send students the news stories by email weekly.
Course Calendar (Subject to change, depending on news events):
Week 1) International News
Week 2) Public Health
Week 3) Art and Music
Week 4) Lifestyle
Week 5) Politics; Editorials and Op-Eds
Week 6) Obituaries; Writing Assignment: News Story, Opinion Piece or Obituary
Week 7) Agriculture
Week 8) Economics, Finance, Trade and Technology
Week 9) Crime and Criminal Justice
Week 10) Science, Climate and the Environment