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This course is designed to improve academic and language skills, with emphasis placed on thesis-driven writing. Students will critically interact with, discuss and write about a wide range of texts (e.g. scientific, psychological, literary, etc.) thematically linked to the theme of influencers- namely, the influencers of our actions and decisions. Throughout the course, students will explore the influence of groups both at a local/individual and global level. Students will attempt to answer questions such as, how are we influenced in our decision-making/problem solving by the groups that we belong to in society? How does nature and nurture influence our behavior and our ethics? Is our morality something that is innate or does it derive from the groups/societies that we belong to? Should we allow favoritism to influence our decisions and actions? Answers to such questions will be explored and developed, based on class discussions of ideas/concepts generated through shared interpretations of course materials.
This course was designed by Hakan Güven.
There is no 'one size fits all'. Students should explore learning opportunities in order to discover the strategies which may best lead to their individual and collaborative success in whatever challenge is being faced at any given time ...
Presentations in the UAE, China and Australia on topics related to independent learning and learning resource centres
Exploring new places, reading, handicrafts, museums
My undergraduate degree in Modern Languages led to a career teaching English overseas. Along the way, I gained specialist diplomas in TESOL and Masters degrees in Applied Linguistics and Museum Studies. I was an active member of TESOL Arabia for many years and I am also involved with the IATEFL Learner Autonomy SIG. I have previously worked in Europe, the Middle East, China and Sudan.