University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign via Coursera
Learn to become an effective builder of sentences using the basic tools of grammar, punctuation, and writing in this FREE and open course. By dedicating yourself to the craft of writing English, you will learn to use the eight parts of speech and grammar to develop the four basic sentence
types into a well-organized, detailed paragraph. This course is designed for anyone who wants to become a better writer. If you need to write more clearly for work, prepare for a placement test for a college, or improve your skills for current writing
projects, this class is beneficial.
Please be aware that basic writers are the targeted audience for this course.
Students will be able to identify and correct some sentence level grammatical and punctuation errors.
Students will be able to develop four sentence types: simple, compound, complex and compound-complex.
Students will be able to recognize and use all four sentence types.
Students will be able to develop a clear topic sentence.
Students will be able to write a well-organized, detailed paragraph.
Why would you want to take this course?
As a pre-Assessment activity
As a petition for English placement
As a brush-up for students while in writing classes
As a brush-up for students who don’t/can’t enroll in an English class
Introduction to the course with a course navigation tutorial; strategies
for being successful in the course and in any online learning environment;
information about how you might make your success in the course useful
in your future educational experience.
Unit 2: Parts of Speech
The eight main parts of speech; why knowing the parts of speech will help your writing; the
sentence; observing the world.
Unit 3: Subjects and Verbs
Another way of looking at the parts of speech -- the building materials
put to use in the structure of the sentence; gerunds, imperatives, and infinitives; thinking about verb tense and voice; regular and irregular verbs; building your confidence with empowered
Unit 4: Clauses and Phrases
Adding to your basic sentences with clauses and phrases;
combining ideas and creating complexity; the four sentence types; creating your writing style.
Unit 5: Composing and Writing
The writing process; revision vs. editing; punctuation, spelling, and commonly confused words; writing a paragraph.
MOOCs stand for Massive Open Online Courses. These arefree online courses from universities around the world (eg. StanfordHarvardMIT) offered to anyone with an internet connection.
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How do these MOOCs or free online courses work?
MOOCs are designed for an online audience, teaching primarily through short (5-20 min.) pre recorded video lectures, that you watch on weekly schedule when convenient for you. They also have student discussion forums, homework/assignments, and online quizzes or exams.
This class was one of the best online class I have ever seen. I liked the way of teaching. I could brush up my English grammar. I enjoyed doing the assignments, peer assessments and quizzes. I want to thank all the teachers, the staff, and other people who have taken pains to make this class successful.
Meimuna Mohammedcompleted this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I did this course, and it has remarkably improved my writing. I completed by Masters Thesis, and surprisingly I am included in every assignment that requires recording and reporting. I have improved in my writing. I would highly recommend this cause to a person that was not very keen in English during primary and secon
I did this course, and it has remarkably improved my writing. I completed by Masters Thesis, and surprisingly I am included in every assignment that requires recording and reporting. I have improved in my writing. I would highly recommend this cause to a person that was not very keen in English during primary and secondary school but has the essential background on grammar. It refreshes your knowledge, and you can be on your trip to improving your writing.