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English for Media Literacy for Educators (K-12) is a Course

English for Media Literacy for Educators (K-12)

May 3 - Jun 13, 2021


Full course description

Course Date:

May 3 - Jun 13, 2021


5 weeks


3-5 hrs/week



Course Type:



Badge(s); Certificate (free)


English for Media Literacy for Educators (EML-E) is an exciting Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) designed to introduce you to the theory and practice of teaching about media literacy in the English as a foreign language (EFL) classroom. Through informative videos and readings, you will explore approaches for teaching English for media literacy. You will learn theory and strategies necessary for successful media literacy instruction for students of various ages and levels of English proficiency. In the media literacy education context you will also gain new ideas for teaching students how to analyze, critique and communicate their thoughts in English.


At the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Use techniques and strategies to teach students how to access, analyze, evaluate and communicate in English using media.
  • Encourage active inquiry and critical thinking in all skill areas, such as through fact-checking, identifying reliable sources, and understanding bias.
  • Understand and utilize media for instructive practices that develop informed, reflective, and engaged learners and citizens.
  • Find reliable online sources and adapt them for use in your EFL classroom
  • Teach fellow-educators about key media literacy approaches, frameworks, and strategies which they can use in their own classes

Target Audience: English as a Foreign Language educators with a focus on middle-school-aged youth (11-14 years).

This course is offered as part of the Online Professional English Network, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. government and administered by FHI360.

Course Instructors

Dr. Joan Shin

Dr. Joan Shin


Joan Kang Shin, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Education at George Mason University. Dr. Shin specializes in teaching ESL/EFL to young learners and teenagers and has provided professional development programs and workshops to English language teachers both in-person and online in over 100 countries around the world.


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