Now English for Media Literacy

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Published on March 10, 2021
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Welcome to English for Media Literacy, 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 “Enroll now” and select “Full Course. No certificate.”

This course is designed for non-native English speakers interested in learning more about U.S. media literacy. In this course, you will explore different types of mass media, such as newspapers, magazines, television, and social media. This course will also allow you to develop a broader understanding of media’s role in our lives while building your vocabulary and giving you the language skills needed to analyze what you read and watch. The first unit in this course will provide an introduction to media literacy and allow you to evaluate your own media literacy level. In unit 2, you will learn how to identify facts versus opinions in the media. The next unit in the course will focus on the differences between social media and traditional media. In contrast, unit 4 will examine how gender and identity are covered in the media. In the final unit of the course, you will demonstrate your increased media literacy through a culminating final project on social media.

The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Office of English Language Programs funded the development of this course. Unless otherwise noted, all course materials are available for re-use, repurposing, and free distribution under a Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution license.

 

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Female Afghan students turned away after Taliban ban

This Specialization will develop and enhance your understanding of the global field of journalism. You’ll learn best practices and ethical standards for newsgathering processes and compile news reports through hands-on projects, peer-to-peer feedback, and issue exploration. You will also study journalism’s impact on societal issues and trends, plus explore career opportunities in newspapers, magazines, social media, Internet multimedia, television, radio, corporate, and community journalism. The final Capstone project will guide you through the journalistic portfolio process, where you will conceptualize, report, and complete a professional-quality news report.

Afghan female Students turned away from Afghan universities

Despite Taliban assurances during negotiations with the U.S. that all Afghans would have a right to education, the new government has barred women from stepping foot on university and high-school campuses. This situation shows no signs of ending, despite pressure from Western governments. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid recently said they would be allowed to resume their studies when there is “an environment where female students are protected.” That strongly echoes the Taliban banning girls from education during their rule over Afghanistan between 1996 and 2001.

However, a lifeline has emerged for these and other women: Online studies.

Banned from in-person classes in Kabul, hundreds of female students have rushed in recent weeks to register for a remote learning program launched by a California-based nonprofit online university, entering a new program that begins November 1, which is explicitly geared at women banished from their education by the Taliban.

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