Advanced Writing Strategies for Immediate Improvement
What you'll learn
- By the end of this course, learners will be able to communicate their thoughts in a manner more consistent with the norms of academic and professional writing, and learners will also be equipped with several tools to produce high quality essays in a significantly shorter amount of time.
- Students who take this course should speak English at a minimum of an intermediate level. All course materials are included within this course.
Advanced Writing Strategies for Immediate Improvement is a comprehensive online guide designed to help provide learners with the writing skills necessary for success in the academic and professional worlds. The course, which is specifically tailored for a completely online learning experience, consists of approximately 40 lectures and dozens of activities to reinforce the concepts discussed in each lecture. This course will take approximately 5-7 weeks to complete, but the actual time will vary depending on the individual learner. Course chapters include detailed explanations of required and optional essay goals and sentence-by-sentence models for various essay types, advanced formal alternatives for common informal vocabulary terms and sentence mechanics, detailed instructions for the usage of advanced punctuation, strategies for identifying and refuting invalid arguments, and methods for reducing subjectivity in essay writing. Chapters also include a model essay demonstrating how each lecture therein can be immediately used.
All course materials are included within this course.
Who this course is for:
- This course is designed for online-based students who plan to write significantly within a professional/academic environment or anyone else interested in improving their formal writing ability, and is intended for both native and advanced non-native English speakers.
I began working in the field of second language acquisition in 2005 as a language assistant for the University of Florida’s Department of Academic Spoken English.During my two years there, I taught various aspects of spoken English (phonetics, sociolinguistics, etc.) to international graduate students from various language backgrounds (Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, and Spanish). I have also taught English abroad in multiple countries, beginning with a post in Madrid, Spain in 2006. In 2007 I graduated from the University of Florida with Bachelors degrees in Linguistics and Spanish and minors in French and Teaching English as a Second Language. Subsequently, I worked at the Speech & Hearing Clinic at UF as a curriculum designer for a computer program designed to help with accent reduction. After completion of the program, I moved to Taipei, Taiwan, where I worked as an English teacher while studying Mandarin. I eventually returned to the University of Florida to pursue my Master degree in Spanish, where my course work focused on literature, linguistics, and second language acquisition. During my 2-year graduate student career, I taught beginning and intermediate Spanish for the University of Florida.After receiving my M.A., I began lecturing at the University of Florida’s English Language Institute where I taught an extremely diverse student population for more than a year. In August of 2012, I accepted a position teaching at a Chicago university, where I currently teach mainly-advanced level language courses.