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English Language Learning Through Sustainability

Are you an EAL student interested in sustainability? Develop your vocabulary to effectively communicate sustainability issues.

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English Language Learning Through Sustainability

Improve your English language skills to help drive change

With sustainability practices now included in many different environments, it’s important to understand the basic concepts of sustainability to help you communicate in your personal and professional life.

On this three-week course, you’ll learn how to explain, discuss, and implement sustainable change, using English as your communication tool.

You’ll discover how you can be part of a positive movement in your home, community, or workplace as you learn the vocabulary needed to address sustainability.

Learn how to discuss and improve sustainability practices

You’ll discover how you can apply practical solutions using the English language to help improve sustainability in your area.

You’ll identify any sustainable processes that are already in place before exploring how you can start to drive positive change.

Explore the sustainability goals at the University of Otago

You’ll learn the language needed to explain the 17 goals of sustainability (SDGs) as set out by the UN to help you gain a broader understanding of sustainability on a global scale.

Next, you’ll explore which sustainable goals are being carried out at the University of Otago, a world-leading institute and the first in New Zealand to sign the SDGs.

By the end of the course, you’ll have the knowledge and confidence to communicate sustainability issues and implement change in your professional and personal environments.

What topics will you cover?

  • The United Nations 17 Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Carrying out the SDGs
  • Collaborative projects and sustainable practices at work and home.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify the English language required to explain 17 goals of sustainability
  • Classify which sustainable goal(s) relate to the example(s) being carried out at the University of Otago
  • Apply practical solutions using English language in order to improve sustainability practices in your area
  • Discuss sustainable practices in your area using English language

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for EAL students with an interest in sustainability.

It will be of particular interest if you’re looking to upskill your English language ability by learning how to use specific vocabulary and grammar related to sustainability.

Who will you learn with?

Hi, my name is Mike and I have been teaching English for almost 30 years, lived in Japan for 20 years, and have been trying to live sustainably from about 4 years ago. I look forward to teaching you.

Who developed the course?

University of Otago

As New Zealand’s first university, founded in 1869, the University of Otago has earned an international reputation for excellence in research and teaching. It is ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world and has the highest-possible rating of 5 Stars Plus in the QS global university performance ratings.

  • Established

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand
  • World ranking

    Top 190Source: QS World University Rankings 2021

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  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
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  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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