The course "Written English: Travel and Tourism" forms one half of the compulsory module ang311: Advanced Language Skills. The module is assessed via a portfolio. The assessment requirement for this Written English course is a take-home essay and a 90 minute written language test in week 15. (You must successfully complete all items in the portfolio in order to pass the course.) Homework assignments will count towards active participation.
The grade will be added to the result from Spoken English to form the total module grade.
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While it now takes less than eighty days to travel around the world, developments in travel and tourism continue to affect us in a number of ways. When did people first begin to travel for pleasure? What is the difference between a traveller and a backpacker? Why is sustainable and ethical tourism becoming such a growth industry? Does tourism in underdeveloped regions help or hinder progress? How have people traditionally written about travel, and has this changed in the internet age? This course uses a variety of non-fiction (particularly newspaper articles) and fictional texts to discuss various issues surrounding travel, encouraging students to look beyond the fun aspects of travel.
The class will involve regular short pieces of writing, both in class and as homework, covering a variety of genres including essays, opinion pieces and reviews. Readings will be available to download from Stud.IP at the start of semester. Optional preparatory reading includes the travel section of any English-language newspaper.
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In terms of language skills, this course should help you make progress towards the following advanced CEF goals in writing.
1) Expressing yourself in clear, well-structured text 2) Expressing your point of view at some length, underlining the central issues 3) Selecting a style appropriate to the potential reader 4) Writing about complex subjects in a variety of genres
The course is part of admission "Anmeldung gesperrt (global)".
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