It’s all about globalization: the good, the bad and the ugly of it, what made it possible and how it has changed the world. To get familiar with the concept, here’s a very interesting article taken from the Udemy website, which is your first assignment:
To help you fully understand the article, ask yourselves these questions before you read:
- What aspects does G. involve?
- What made it possible?
- What are its main features?
- What are its consequences?
In class we’ll do an activity in which I’ll ask you to explain these different concepts. And since it’s here, in writing, there are no excuses for not doing it! Unless, of course, your computer dies, the battery in your smartphone explodes and your town library closes due to lack of funding. And even in that case, the Meduna shopping center had free WiFi. 🙂
Now that you have familiarized with the key words and concepts of the topic, it’s time for your second assignment. But first, an introduction is in order: the following video is taken from a YouTube channel called Crash Course and it offers what the name suggests, i.e. courses on specific subjects done very quickly (crash). In this video, the speaker is John Green (the guy who wrote The fault in our stars and Paper town). The language will be challenging at times (especially the speed), so I strongly recommend you use subtitles and take your time in watching it. Don’t be afraid of pausing it, going back and listening to it again. This is training, and in training you do things over and over again until they come naturally.
In class, I’ll be asking you comprehension questions and expansion of ideas on this video. I find that working in groups can really help, so go ahead and organize yourselves as you seem best works for you.
I also encourage you to check out the other crash courses available on their channel, you might find something you’re interested in. From time to time, you’ll find some suggestions in the VIDEO section of this site.
Well, that’s all for Globalization for now, we’ve only scratched the surface, but I hope it can make you curious enough so as to go deeper in the subject.
See you guys in class.