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Welcome to English for Journalism, a course created by the University of Pennsylvania, and funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of English Language Programs. To enroll in this course for free, click on “Enroll now” and then select "Full Course. No certificate." This course is designed for non-native English speakers who are interested in developing the skills needed for a career in modern journalism. In this course, you will explore print and digital media through authentic readings and video lectures, while expanding your vocabulary and increasing your ability to read, research, and develop local and global news stories. Unit 1 will provide an introduction to the history and principles of journalism. In unit 2, you will learn how to research, pitch, and interview. The next unit in the course will focus on the language needed to write newspaper and magazine articles, while unit 4 will cover the basics of broadcasting the news. In the final unit of the course, you will analyze the growth, impact, and challenges of digital news, while completing a reflection assignment that allows you to think about and discuss the recent changes to the field of journalism. Unless otherwise noted, all course materials are available for re-use, repurposing and free distribution under a Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution license. Supplemental reading materials were provided by Newsela, which publishes daily news articles at a level that's just right for each English language learner.
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Approx. 26 hours to complete

Sugerido: 6 hours/week
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Cursos 100 % en línea

Comienza de inmediato y aprende a tu propio ritmo.
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Approx. 26 hours to complete

Sugerido: 6 hours/week
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English

Subtítulos: English, Bengali

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
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6 hours to complete

Unit 1: Introduction and Principles of Journalism

In this unit, you will first learn about how the course works. Then we will explore the history of journalism, as well as important principles, or ideas, that make good journalism possible. ...
Reading
15 videos (Total 70 min), 10 readings, 13 quizzes
Video15 videos
Course Overview: Topics, Assessments & Activities4m
Course Overview: Games and Levels2m
Why Journalism? What Makes This Field Interesting?5m
Introduction to the History of Journalism – pre-16905m
History of Journalism – 1690 – present day5m
Language Focus – Simple Past and Past Progressive6m
Unlockable Achievement0m
Principles of Journalism 1: Gathering Sources6m
Principles of Journalism 2: Telling the Story5m
Language Focus – Word Families6m
Principles of Journalism 3: Impacting People6m
Language Focus – Phrases for Agreeing and Disagreeing6m
Supplemental Listening: "Young Journalists Report on Worldwide Landmine Problems"2m
Supplemental Listening: 'Berlin Airlift' Airport Becomes Emergency Refugee Shelter3m
Reading10 readings
Overview of the Unit10m
American Editorial Cartoons10m
Hearst and the Growth of US Journalism10m
BASIC: "Media freedom is important. Here's what you can do."10m
ADVANCED: Media Freedom is important. Here’s what you can do.”10m
Game: Unit 1 Vocabulary Flashcards10m
Irregular Verb List10m
Supplemental Reading: How Can Journalists Be Protected?10m
Supplemental Reading: "'Berlin Airlift' Airport Becomes Emergency Refugee Shelter"10m
Supplemental Reading: "Newspapers in America"10m
Quiz13 practice exercises
Assessment 1: What do we expect from the media? (Survey)18m
Game 1: Timeline Game10m
Check Your Understanding: American Editorial Cartoons10m
Game 2: Selecting tense – Simple Past versus Past Progressive14m
Check Your Understanding: Hearst and the Growth of US Journalism10m
Check Your Understanding: “Media Freedom is Important. Here’s what you can do.”12m
Game 3: Matching word forms in context12m
Game 4: Vocabulary Practice - Principles of Journalism20m
Check Your Understanding: “Young Journalists Report on Worldwide Landmine Problem”8m
Crossword with Irregular Past Tense48m
Check Your Understanding: "How Can Journalists Be Protected?"8m
Check Your Understanding: 'Berlin Airlift' Airport Becomes Emergency Refugee Shelter”10m
Check Your Understanding: "Newspapers in America"8m

2

Section
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6 hours to complete

Unit 2: How to Research, Pitch, and Interview

This unit will show you how journalists choose their topics and stories. You will also learn how journalists research their stories and interview their sources. ...
Reading
16 videos (Total 57 min), 10 readings, 12 quizzes
Video16 videos
Researching an Idea4m
Unlockable Achievement0m
Pitching a Story – Newspapers/Magazines3m
Pitching a Story - Radio5m
Unlockable Achievement0m
Video Listening: Times are Changing in Havana, Cuba2m
Unlockable Achievement0m
Language Focus – Interviewing Sources – Wh- Questions4m
Interviewing Sources – Reliability, Facts & Opinion5m
Language Focus – Quoting Sources & Reporting Verbs4m
Video interview with a student journalist from The Daily Pennsylvanian3m
Unlockable Achievement0m
Interviewing Sources - Notetaking6m
Language Focus – Quoting Sources Directly or Using Reported Speech5m
Supplemental Listening: "Story of Dr. Omalu Enlightens on Risks of High-impact Sports"3m
Reading10 readings
Overview of the Unit10m
BASIC: "Want to be a good reporter? Follow these tips."10m
ADVANCED: Want to be a good reporter? Follow these tips.10m
Sample News Story Pitch and Pitch Template10m
Sample News Story Pitch and Written Pitch Template10m
BASIC: Times Are Changing in Havana, Cuba10m
ADVANCED: Times are Changing in Havana, Cuba10m
Game: Unit 2 Vocabulary Flashcards10m
Supplemental Reading: Student newspapers shake things up10m
Supplemental Reading and Listening: "Story of Dr. Omalu Enlightens on Risks of High-impact Sports"10m
Quiz11 practice exercises
Game 1: Right-sizing Your Topic2m
Check Your Understanding: "Want to be a good reporter? Follow these tips."10m
Game 2: Vocabulary Practice18m
Check Your Understanding: Times are Changing in Havana, Cuba8m
Game 3: Reliable Sources12m
Game 4: Choose the reporting verb8m
Check Your Understanding: Video interview with a student journalist from The Daily Pennsylvanian8m
Game 5: Changing Direct Speech to Reported Speech12m
Check Your Understanding: Student newspapers shake things up6m
Game: WH- question formation20m
Check Your Understanding: Story of Dr. Omalu Enlightens on Risks of High-impact Sports8m

3

Section
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7 hours to complete

Unit 3: Words in Print

This unit will help you to write briefly and with emphasis, create a lead that makes the audience want to read more, and effectively edit and proofread article drafts. At the end of the unit, you will create a lead and write an article based on that lead. ...
Reading
13 videos (Total 48 min), 10 readings, 12 quizzes
Video13 videos
Types of Leads4m
Creating a Lead4m
Listening: Turning the Page on Homelessness2m
Unlockable Achievement0m
Language Focus – SV Agreement with Different Subjects4m
Writing Using Associated Press Style4m
Language Focus – Structure of Active and Passive Voices4m
Language Focus – Use of Active and Passive Voices3m
Reporting Accurately5m
Proofreading an Article5m
Unlockable Achievement0m
Listening: Egyptian Journalists Call for Press Freedom2m
Reading10 readings
Overview of the Unit10m
BASIC: Turning the Page on Homelessness10m
ADVANCED: Turning the Page on Homelessness10m
BASIC: Thai Health Policy as Model for Emerging Economies10m
ADVANCED: Thai Health Policy as Model for Emerging Economies10m
BASIC: With billions to feed, sustainable agriculture is not a luxury10m
ADVANCED: With billions to feed, sustainable agriculture is not a luxury10m
Game: Unit 3 Vocabulary Flashcards10m
Egyptian Journalists Call for Press Freedom10m
Old Age, Debt Threaten Vietnam Economy10m
Quiz11 practice exercises
Game 1: Labeling - the Process and the Front Page20m
Game 2: Match Lead to Lead Type6m
Check your Understanding: "Turning the Page on Homelessness"10m
Check Your Understanding 2: "Thai Health Policy Seen as Model for Emerging Economies"10m
Game 3: Applying AP Style16m
Game 4: When to Use Passive Voice10m
Check Your Understanding: "With billions to feed, sustainable agriculture is not a luxury"8m
Check Your Understanding: "Egyptian Journalists Call for Press Freedom"8m
Check Your Understanding: "Old Age, Debt Threaten Vietnam Economy"8m
Game: Active/Passive Game12m
Game: Subject/Verb Agreement Game14m

4

Section
Clock
6 hours to complete

Unit 4: Broadcasting the News

In this unit, we will focus on speaking skills for delivering the news. At the end of the unit, you will write a script and read a news report for other students to listen to. ...
Reading
14 videos (Total 51 min), 8 readings, 11 quizzes
Video14 videos
Listening: "VOA Fast Five"5m
Unlockable Achievement0m
The People of Broadcast Journalism4m
Types of Stories for Broadcast Journalism4m
Using Conversational Style4m
Language Focus – Present Tense & Active Voice4m
Ratings in TV News: How Journalists Compete4m
Unlockable Achievement0m
Sensationalism in TV News5m
The 24-hour News Cycle5m
Language Focus - Stress & Pausing5m
Unlockable Achievement0m
Listening: "Telepresence - The Next Best thing to Being There"2m
Reading8 readings
Overview of the Unit10m
BASIC: Studying Broadcast Journalism Gives Student an Opportunity to Learn about News Worldwide10m
ADVANCED: Studying Broadcast Journalism Gives Student an Opportunity to Learn about News Worldwide10m
Unit 4 Assessment 2: Present your Script Instructions10m
Unit 4 Assessment 2: Written Option10m
Game: Unit 4 Vocabulary Flashcards10m
Radio Hoax Causes Panic10m
Forget a seat at the table. This reporter wants a seat in the briefing room.10m
Quiz10 practice exercises
Check your Understanding 1: Listening: "VOA Fast Five"8m
Game 1: Matching Language to Definitions22m
Check Your Understanding 2: "Studying Broadcast Journalism Gives Student an Opportunity to Learn about News Worldwide"8m
Game 2: Print vs. Broadcast Journalism16m
Assessment 1: Rewrite your article as a copy for a broadcast2m
Game 3: Stress12m
Check Your Understanding: "Radio Hoax Causes Panic?8m
Check Your Understanding: "Forget a seat at the table. This reporter wants a seat in the briefing room"10m
Check Your Understanding: "Telepresence - The Next Best Thing to Being There"8m
Game: Vocabulary Crossword Puzzle26m

5

Section
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6 hours to complete

Unit 5: Journalism in the Digital Age

The final unit of this course discusses how journalism is changing fast because of digital technologies. At the end of the unit, you will describe data about the news and complete a reflection assignment that allows you to think about and discuss the recent changes to the field of journalism....
Reading
12 videos (Total 45 min), 11 readings, 11 quizzes
Video12 videos
The Impact on the Journalistic Process3m
The Impact on Traditional Media4m
Language Focus – Present Perfect Form4m
Challenges 1: The Digital Divide4m
Language Focus – Data Commentary5m
Unlockable Achievement0m
Citizen Journalism5m
Challenges 2: Ethics in the Digital Age5m
Challenges 3: Intellectual Property and Censorship4m
Unlockable Achievement0m
Course Conclusion1m
Reading11 readings
Overview of the Unit10m
BASIC: Mapping the Digital Divide10m
ADVANCED: Mapping the Digital Divide10m
BASIC: Freedom of Expression: A Practical Approach to Journalism Ethics10m
ADVANCED: Freedom of Expression: A Practical Approach to Journalism Ethics10m
BASIC: Egypt Clamps Down on Media Ahead of 'Arab Spring' Anniversary10m
ADVANCED: Egypt Clamps Down on Media Ahead of 'Arab Spring' Anniversary10m
Game: Unit 5 Vocabulary Flashcards10m
Sharing the benefits of the Internet across the digital divide10m
Africa's Infotech Revolution10m
Twitter Suspends Over 125,000 Accounts for 'Promoting Terrorist Acts'10m
Quiz10 practice exercises
Game 1: Create a Timeline of Digital Media14m
Game 2: Present Perfect Form12m
Check your Understanding: Mapping the Digital Divide8m
Game 3: Choose the Appropriate Data Commentary Language12m
Assessment 1: Choose the Factually Accurate Data Commentary12m
Check Your Understanding: Freedom of Expression: A Practical Approach to Journalism Ethics10m
Check Your Understanding: Egypt Clamps Down on Media Ahead of 'Arab Spring' Anniversary8m
Check Your Understanding: "Sharing the benefits of the Internet across the digital divide"8m
Check Your Understanding: "Africa's Infotech Revolution"8m
Check Your Understanding: "Twitter Suspends Over 125,000 Accounts for 'Promoting Terrorist Acts'"8m
4.8
Direction Signs

30%

started a new career after completing these courses
Briefcase

83%

got a tangible career benefit from this course
Money

10%

got a pay increase or promotion

Top Reviews

By ABNov 26th 2016

Excellent course for people for whom English is not their mother tongue! Very well paced.\n\nThe course also provides a good insight on what journalism is suppose to be, its principles and values!

By JRMar 3rd 2017

One of the best courses I have finished in the last years. A very well organized and dynamic course. Teachers with a lot of experience and good expertise in the area of teaching. 100% recommended!

Instructors

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John Cotton

Manager of Instructional Staff Development
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Eve Litt

Language Specialist

About University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn) is a private university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. A member of the Ivy League, Penn is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, and considers itself to be the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies. ...

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