How to teach media literacy? The tools, the facts and the hard-to-spot fabrications

Course description

Course overview and purpose:
The purpose of this course is to enable teachers to confidently enter the ever-changing world of the “news media” and help students critically evaluate objectivity, subjectivity and motivation in the sphere of journalism. Teachers will learn how to inform and challenge students’ perception of so-called fake news, social media’s influence on journalism and the blurred lines between news, entertainment and marketing. Special attention will be paid to hot-button issues such as migration, identity politics and minorities in the news. We will explore how to boost students’ deeper understanding of citizen journalism, social media’s influence on what journalists write about and the relationship between trust in the media and democracy. You will learn how to get students excited about real-world examples of journalistic bias by focusing on the concrete impact media can have on their lives.

Learning outcomes:

  • Knowledge and skills to confidently create media literacy lesson plans using a variety of digital sources of interest to students and their families.
  • Knowledge and skills to provide concrete examples to students of media motivation that they had previously not considered.
  • Knowledge and skills to challenge students’ understanding of journalists’ inclusion and exclusion of topics and information.
  • Knowledge and skills to provide students with hands-on experience in discovering how the blurring of journalism and advertising impacts their lives.
  • Knowledge and skills to provide students with the tools to critically evaluate the concept of fake news as well as its potential impact on democratic institutions such as voting.
  • Knowledge, skills and tools to address the interplay of social media and news organizations.

Admission information

  • Language : English
  • Language level prerequisites : B1 or above
  • Duration : One week
  • Audience :

    Teachers who are interested in fostering civic awareness and responsibility, analytical skills, global citizenship, English-language skills, social studies competency, language arts development and communication competency. The course also is great for teachers who are intimidated and confused by technological developments in the news media, social media. In addition, teachers keen on fostering and inclusive environment amid diverse student bodies will really enjoy some of the media examples we work with. Finally, for anyone who wants to talk to their students about fake news but doesn’t know where to start, this course is for you.

  • General prerequisites :

    No specific requirements

  • Maximum number of participants : 16
  • Minimum advance reservation : 12 weeks

Available dates

Padova (Italy)

  • 20.03.2022 - 27.03.2022 - To be confirmed
  • 10.07.2022 - 17.07.2022 - To be confirmed
  • 16.10.2022 - 23.10.2022 - To be confirmed

Sessions will be confirmed only when the minimum number of participants is reached.

In case your school wishes to send more than 6 participants together to the same course, we may evaluate the possibility to offer an extra session only for you (and in this case, we would be pleased to evaluate your proposal for fixed dates).

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