The US Department of State is sponsoring a free Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) for non-native English speakers interested in improving their English language skills and knowledge of the media at the same time.
In this course, participants will investigate how media has changed over time, explore the world of advertising and identify targeted marketing strategies, analyse sources to detect bias, and examine how diversity representation in media influences individual identity and society.
This course provides the opportunity to develop a broader understanding of the role media plays in our lives while building the vocabulary and language skills needed to analyse what we read and watch, said the US Embassy.
The MOOC is self-paced, meaning participants will study independently, without facilitation from an instructor.
This course is offered by the Online Professional English Network (OPEN), a US Department of State initiative, and is administered by FHI 360, a US-based nonprofit human development organization.
Enrollment is currently open. Participants may enroll in this course until March 19, 2021. After enrolling, participants may log in at any time -- day or night -- to access the course. All the modules of coursework must be completed by March 29, 2021.
Participants who complete the required activities with a score of 70% or higher will receive a digital badge and certificate. This "English for Media Literacy" MOOC is designed for non-native English-speakers interested in improving their language skills and knowledge of the media.
At the end of this course, participants will be able to analyse media messages and evaluate positive and negative aspects of social media.
They will be able to identify marketing strategies in use, recognize bias in the media, and analyse diversity representation in mass media.
To enroll in the course, visit the following website: https://www.canvas.net/browse/fhi/courses/english-for-media-literacy