America's Civil Rights Movement: The Early Years

Course Code: ACR101
Day: Sat Time: 11:00-12:50 Hours: 20 Sessions: 10 Semester: Spring Instructional Language: English Location: Online English Proficiency Level: Intermediate, High Intermediate

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Course Description

America’s Civil Rights Movement: The Early Years is a course of study into the history of the African American civil rights movement in the United States from 1954 to 1965. The course is based on the award-winning documentary series Eyes on the Prize produced by the Public Broadcasting Service. Students enrolled in the course will be engaged in a wide range of activities covering the four language skill areas – – listening, reading, speaking, and writing. Specific activities will include documentary film viewing and analysis, extensive reading, group discussions, expository writing, and presentations. Through the class website, students will be involved in documentary episode viewing and background reading with discussion questions to increase their knowledge and confidence about the topics and to provide a solid basis for class work. The website will also be used for students’ comments and opinions about the topic and to provide a means of ongoing communication between the students and the teacher.

Learning Objectives

1. Development of Critical Thinking Skills and Strategies

2. Development of Higher Level Discussion Skills

3. Increased Proficiency in Expository Writing and Presentation Skills

Who should take this course

This course would appeal to students interested in American history, particularly that of the mid-20th Century, as well as students wishing to develop their writing, discussion, and presentation skills.


No required textbook


Anthony Del Vecchio

Instructor Biography

Anthony Del Vecchio, commonly known as Tony, is a long-term resident of Japan with over 30 years of experience living and working in Tokyo. He earned his B.A. in Journalism/Public Relations from the University of Southern California and an M.Ed. in CITE (Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology in Education) from Temple University Japan.
Tony has taught at several universities in Japan, including Keio University, Temple University, Meiji Gakuin University, and Rikkyo University. He has a deep passion for teaching and a keen interest in American history, with a focus on the Civil War Era and the Civil Rights Era from the 1950s to the 1980s.
In addition to his academic pursuits, Tony holds a Black Sash (Instructor Level 1) in Wing Chun Gung Fu. He is a direct descendant of the style's founder, Ip Man, through his student and Bruce Lee's classmate, Wong Long Ching. Tony studied under Sifu Embrey Ramon Williams in Tokyo.
Outside of work and martial arts, Tony is an avid backpacker. He has explored various regions in the Northern and Southern Japanese Alps and has undertaken treks in the Himalayan region of Nepal, including the Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp.