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Module description - Biographies: Learning from Life Stories (Elective)

ECTS 2.0
Level C1 / C2
Overview Biography is a non-fiction genre of literature and film that can also contain an element of fiction. We read biographies because we are curious to learn more about "great" people such as politicians or business leaders, athletes, cultural celebrities or even "ordinary" people.

Using this genre as a basis, the class will read, watch and discuss a selection of excerpts from various types of biographies in the first half of the semester.

Each student will select and read a biography to present to the class with a follow-up discussion.
Learning objectives Upon successful completion of the module, participants can/will have:

  • refined reading comprehension skills by reading a range of complex texts from social, professional or academic life.
  • use critical thinking skills by synthesizing and discussing ideas from reading, predicating content, drawing conclusions, and distinguishing between facts and belief, including attitudes and opinions which are not explicitly stated.
  • developed communication skills and activate vocabulary through discussion, description, analysis and evaluation of various texts.
  • give a clear, detailed presentation of their topic, developing particular points and rounding off with an appropriate conclusion.
  • write a clear, well-structured summary by underlining relevant issues and offering summary feedback.
Previous knowledge Entry based on placement test or successful completion of e4/ten2. Language level C1 or above.
Exam format Continuous assessment grade
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