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In this course, we will focus on the central theme of dishonesty with specific reference to three focal areas: lying to others, lying to ourselves, and lying through technology. Through this exploration of what it means to be dishonest, we will be reading texts about various subjects such as the types of lies people tell, conspiracy theories people want to believe in, and social media’s impact on authenticity. By the end of this course, students will have a better understanding about what it takes to be honest in this modern world.
To date, more people than ever are traveling to new places around the globe. Many places that were once off limits are now accessible to the masses. Cultures that were once untouched are being molded by globalization and capitalism. In addition, items of both traditional and religious significance are now being sold as souvenirs to tourists. Through our class, we are going to be looking at issue that arise from tourism and travel in order to determine what impact it has had on our world in both the environmental, societal, and cultural level. Most of all, students will try to answer whether these changes are for the better.
By exploring this topic, students will be exposed to different articles, lectures, and interviews to further their ability to evaluate and synthesize different arguments which they will incorporate into a strong evidence-based essay. By the end of the class, students will have a stronger grasp on how to critically think about a topic, how to utilize higher academic language in both speech and writing, and how to organize and write a well-constructed research paper.
I have a B.A. in Language Studies with a concentration in Linguistics and a minor in TESOL from Indiana State University. After which, I taught English in South Korea. Two years later, I returned to the U.S. to receive my Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
I am passionate about traveling and I love that I work in a field where I can combine my career with my passion. To date, I have taught English in many beautiful places such as San José, Costa Rica, Seoul, South Korea, Seattle U.S.A. and now Ankara Turkey.