Gruppe 1: Acher, J.
This course is an online blended learning course with synchronous and asynchronous activities every week. We meet every lesson on Zoom for at least one hour (60 minutes+) for whole class discussion, small group and partner work in breakout rooms, and feedback/response to the week’s activities. Our meeting will generally be a specific time every week, and students will then have self-study activities to do for the following week. Students will be encouraged to be in contact with each other outside of formal ‘meeting/whole class’ times, and to work together on independent activities, such as reading and listening comprehension exercises, along with social work vocabulary building and small group speaking and writing activities.
This course aims to develop students’ understanding of and ability to discuss a wide range of topics from the field of social work in English. Topics complement and extend on what students are learning in courses from their main syllabus and on their personal areas of interest. In the past these have included Ethics, discrimination, International social work, addiction, social exclusion, equality, and Gender and sexual orientation, for example. Lessons involve group and pair work discussions based on audio-visual and reading material, and the primary goal is to build students’ vocabulary and confidence in communicating their ideas in English.
For the writing component of the course, students will be introduced to the different types of writing required for social workers, with a specific focus on case reports and risk assessments. Students will discuss and explore together a number of case reports and gain experience in developing their own treatment plans. Key grammar points and functional language will be covered (along with a number of self-study and online resources) to help students to express themselves clearly, both to each other as colleagues and to the service users in the future who they may be supporting in English.
Assessment is based on continued and active participation in class and a final writing task based on the texts studied over the course. Students also carry out one informal presentation on a social work topic of their choice in small groups towards the end of the semester.