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04.09.2014
Academic Writing MOOC, “College Writing 2x” will start again on Sept. 17 with the first of three five-week courses, “Principles of Written English Part 1”. For your information, we have included some tools that can help with facilitation, along with an example of a success story from an English Language Fellow in Minsk.

General info:

College Writing 2.1x, an introduction to academic writing for English Language Learners, is the first of three five-week courses designed to help learners improve their academic writing skills. It focuses on essay development, grammatical correctness, and self-editing. The five-week course comprises a review of basic grammar terminology and understanding; writing effective sentences and paragraphs; introductions and conclusions; strategies for writing longer texts; and thesis statements. The course materials will be offered via readings and videos. An optional course workbook, in ebook form, may be used for additional writing work. Students will participate in online discussions as well as peer review. Students will complete an essay for this part of the course.

Please remember that students should be proficient enough in English to follow an introductory level university course in order to participate.

Register now at: https://www.edx.org/course/uc-berkeleyx/uc-berkeleyx-colwri2-1x-principles-2581#.U_ZAo_m-Umg

Course Basics:

What:              15-week course broken into three distinct 5-week modules and focused on essay development, grammatical correctness, and self-editing. The course will comprise a review of basic grammar terminology and understanding; writing effective sentences and paragraphs; introductions and conclusions; strategies for writing longer texts; and thesis statements. Course materials will be offered via readings and videos. Students will participate in online discussions as well as peer review of their writing.

When:              The first module begins September 17.

For Whom:      This is a university level introduction to academic writing for non-native English language speakers.  Students should be able to follow lectures and readings in English (think first year international students).

Facilitated Sessions:

What:              Face-to-face meetings/workshops/discussions for a group of participants you have invited/identified to take the course.  The sessions can be used to clarify issues raised in the lectures or to conduct supplemental activities related to the current week’s topic.

When:              Ideally weekly; at least bi-weekly

By Whom:       RELOs, EL Fellows, ETAs, Peace Corps Volunteers, REACs, EducationUSA Advisors, exchange alumni, PAS staff, Embassy officers, etc. can all be facilitators.  We encourage co-facilitation where possible to maximize creativity and minimize workload.

Tips and General guidance from the ECA MOOC Working Group:

•        Publicize widely and openly the opportunity to participate, particularly through social media.

•        Host a graduation ceremony for students completing the course.

•        Introduce students to EducationUSA advisors after course completion to discuss opportunities to study in the United States.

•        Offer outside guest speakers on topics discussed in the course and other enrichment activities.

•        Use American Spaces for enrichment activities and facilitated discussions.

Additional sources of information/guidance:

MOOC Newsletter: https://www.dropbox.com/s/mh2eymgjj2vkss8/MOOC2.1xNewsletter.pdf?dl=0

EducationUSA webinar: http://edusaconnects.adobeconnect.com/p7i5mw1ahgm/

College Writing 2X MOOC FB page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CWP2X/

Recording of previous Facilitator’s Webinar: http://dos-materialsdevelopment.adobeconnect.com/p6f5s825iql/

There is a listserv just for facilitators available at: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/CWMOOC/info