CGFE ENG 4126
2ème Année Management,2ème Année Télécom
What makes an investigative report or a television series compelling? While journalism and entertainment programming have different standards of truth and requirements for evidence, they are united by common storytelling conventions. This course will allow students to explore the techniques used to produce various kinds of media products, with a particular emphasis on narrative structure and character development.
By the end of the class, you will be more informed consumers of the media, with a greater awareness of why a given piece “works.” You will also have an improved ability to:
• convey information and express opinions in oral exchanges and presentations,
• write short texts, primarily of an analytical or expository nature,
• comprehend other English speakers, including those in audio and video recordings, and
• read and think critically.
We will read articles and watch selected excerpts from television or film that illustrate a key theme for the week’s class. Students are expected to collaborate in the construction of their own learning, through active participation in class discussion; they are also encouraged to share insights from their own familiarity with media products.
A typical class is divided into several parts, including a listening or reading exercise, oral communication (small group discussion, presentations, etc.), a writing exercise, and feedback on key language issues with a view to correcting errors.
Themes we will cover: The breakdown of subjects is a guideline that will be modified as the course develops. We will explore these themes through the use of written texts, radio and television broadcasts, and excerpts from film:
• Truth, accuracy, and verisimilitude
• Basic reporting structure
• Narrative design
• Characters we care about
• Differences between visual and verbal communication
Presence, participation in class, presentations, and written work (CC): 60%
Final exam (CF): 40%
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