Crafting an Effective Writer: Tools of the Trade (Fundamental English Writing)

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Crafting an Effective Writer: Tools of the Trade (Fundamental English Writing)

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Coursera's online classes are designed to help students achieve mastery over course material. Some of the best professors in the world - like neurobiology professor and author Peggy Mason from the University of Chicago, and computer science professor and Folding@Home director Vijay Pande - will supplement your knowledge through video lectures. They will also provide challenging assessments, interactive exercises during each lesson, and the opportunity to use a mobile app to keep up with your coursework. Coursera also partners with the US State Department to create “learning hubs” around the world. Students can get internet access, take courses, and participate in weekly in-person study groups to make learning even more collaborative. Begin your journey into the mysteries of the human brain by taking courses in neuroscience. Learn how to navigate the data infrastructures that multinational corporations use when you discover the world of data analysis. Follow one of Coursera’s “Skill Tracks”. Or try any one of its more than 560 available courses to help you achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Learn to become an effective builder of sentences using the basic tools of English grammar, punctuation, and writing in this FREE and open course. This is a fundamental English writing course.
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1/10 starsDropped
  • 10 reviews
  • 9 completed
6 years, 6 months ago
A complete waste of time - I expected something more than a sophisticated grammar lecture - which, to top it all up, focused on US English and had automatically graded tasks, which took solely US English into account. While I understand that the course is taught by an American university, and as such naturally leans towards the American style of writing, it was not stated clearly in the course description AND, as the course is offered to the entire global English-speaking community, failing to acknowledge the sheer amount of 'Englishes' out there, is a gigantormous mistake. Teaching English as Second/Foreign language in the majority of the world focuses on British English, not on American English, with the AmE spelling presented usually as a curiosity, not as a solid thorough course. I'm not saying that the professors should include each and every type of English one can think of, but lack of acknowledgement of British English at all... A complete waste of time - I expected something more than a sophisticated grammar lecture - which, to top it all up, focused on US English and had automatically graded tasks, which took solely US English into account. While I understand that the course is taught by an American university, and as such naturally leans towards the American style of writing, it was not stated clearly in the course description AND, as the course is offered to the entire global English-speaking community, failing to acknowledge the sheer amount of 'Englishes' out there, is a gigantormous mistake. Teaching English as Second/Foreign language in the majority of the world focuses on British English, not on American English, with the AmE spelling presented usually as a curiosity, not as a solid thorough course. I'm not saying that the professors should include each and every type of English one can think of, but lack of acknowledgement of British English at all is a big mistake. I didn't want to lose marks because I've been using the British English for over 20 years - it's close to impossible (and pointless) to force myself to change it for the purpose of one five-week-long course. I wish it was clearly stated on the course description page from the beginning, I wouldn't get my hopes up so much.
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8/10 starsCompleted
  • 7 reviews
  • 7 completed
4 years, 11 months ago
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8/10 starsCompleted
  • 30 reviews
  • 30 completed
5 years ago
Though I studied English in high school, this course showed just how rusty my foundations were. I suppose that is what nearly two decades out of high school can do even when somebody such as myself spends time trying to avoid the loss of said skills and knowledge. Anyway, if you are looking for a refresher or foundations course then the lecturers provide very clear lessons in grammar. I was also sure to report some plagiarism in the form of an assessment copy and pasted from wikipedia. I became suspicious due to the way in which the piece was written, determining that it was plagiarism after copying and pasting the first two lines into a google search. I highly recommend this method for your future assessment of peers.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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5 years ago
Good course
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 8 months ago
This course was really easy to understand and follow along with. The writing assignments were particularly helpful and enjoyable.
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2/10 starsCompleted
  • 10 reviews
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5 years, 11 months ago
I am not a native English speaker, but even for me the course was too easy. I've not learned anything new from the course.
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5/10 starsCompleted
  • 10 reviews
  • 9 completed
6 years ago
The first week of the course is great, worth enrolling to prepare anyone for any on-line course. The course is well crafted, with engaging lectures and a worthwhile practice exercises. My problem with the course, was the peer review portion. There were a number of ESL students enrolled seeming, and rightfully to improved their english writing skills. I found that fairly grading some of their writing was very time consuming. I still recommend this course, be prepared that your responsibility for peer review might be the hardest part of the course.
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6/10 starsCompleted
  • 33 reviews
  • 27 completed
6 years ago
I took this course as i was planning to recommend it to a business - a technical call center that needed to improve their personnel's written English. While i personally enjoyed the course, i'm not quite sure i can recommend it, primarily for two reasons: a) Excessive emphasis on the nomenclature of English syntax - While everyone needs to be able to distinguish between the basic building blocks, i am not quite sure that precise identification of, for example, all the types of clauses would be practically useful. b) Flaws in the peer assessment system - In one grading comment, i was rudely criticized by someone who was obviously a non-native English speaker. :) Incidents like these can have a damaging effect, particularly in a work environment implementation. On the plus side - great teachers who explained things very clearly.
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6/10 starsTaking Now
  • 4 reviews
  • 2 completed
6 years, 5 months ago
Promoted as the first Cousera course targeting under-prepared writers, it has a fast pace(5 weeks) and is set up for valuable practice experience. However, too many peers ignored assignment instructions which made the peer review process a nightmare. Peers seemed bent on inventing their own content, so perhaps the course should have a little more leadership to anticipate problems, present, then enforce the standards. On the positive side, staff, including the instructor, were frequently on the boards to answer questions. On the downside those answers weren't announced generally and the confusion would continue to spread. Suggestions: In addition to the online skills primer the course begins with, there needs to be a lecture in cultural and linguistic diversity, warning to strictly adhere to assignment directions, and an explanation of the honor code especially regarding plagiarism. They plan to offer the course again in September wit... Promoted as the first Cousera course targeting under-prepared writers, it has a fast pace(5 weeks) and is set up for valuable practice experience. However, too many peers ignored assignment instructions which made the peer review process a nightmare. Peers seemed bent on inventing their own content, so perhaps the course should have a little more leadership to anticipate problems, present, then enforce the standards. On the positive side, staff, including the instructor, were frequently on the boards to answer questions. On the downside those answers weren't announced generally and the confusion would continue to spread. Suggestions: In addition to the online skills primer the course begins with, there needs to be a lecture in cultural and linguistic diversity, warning to strictly adhere to assignment directions, and an explanation of the honor code especially regarding plagiarism. They plan to offer the course again in September with some (undisclosed) changes. It could be really valuable with some tweaks.
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