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English Grammar and Style (MOOC)

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English Grammar and Style (MOOC)

Learn key concepts and strategies in English grammar and style to help enhance your writing and confidently respond to the demand of high levels of literacy in the 21st century.

About the course

With the rise of social media and the Internet, many people are writing more today for different mediums than ever before. This free online course will present materials that cover grammatical principles, word usage, writing style, sentence and paragraph structure, and punctuation. It will introduce you to some marvelous resources. You will see video clips of interviews conducted with distinguished grammarians, and be challenged with quizzes and writing activities that will give you strategies to help you to build skills that will enhance the quality of your writing. You will also invite you to participate in discussions and assess the work of your peers.

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What you will learn

  • How to reliably identify the roles and relationships of words in a sentence
  • Mastery of grammatical concepts and syntactical strategies
  • How to apply this knowledge to produce coherent, economical, and compelling writing
  • Skills in critiquing and editing your own and others’ writing

About the instructors

Associate Professor Roslyn Petelin convenes the post-graduate Writing, Editing, & Publishing (WEP) Programme in the School of Communication and Arts. Prior to initiating the programme at UQ in 2000, she taught Literature and Film at the Brisbane Kindergarten Teachers’ College and Communication in the Faculty of Business at Queensland University of Technology and in the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University. She is a past President and Honorary Life Member of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association and has consulted extensively on writing, editing, and information design to public and private sector organisations in Australia, the UK, the US, and S. E. Asia.

Amber Gwynne is a researcher, writer, and editor currently working on a PhD at The University of Queensland. With a background in linguistics, she brings a unique expertise to working with words. Amber has produced and edited content for several published books, and often collaborates with other writers, students, and small businesses in southeast Queensland to make words work harder. When she’s not trawling through research related to her thesis, Amber can be found standing idly in bookshop aisles, splattering the kitchen with cake batter, or trying to balance both a book and a cup of tea in bed. Amber graduated with a master’s degree in Writing, Editing, and Publishing at The University of Queensland in 2011.

Megan Porter likes poetry, science fiction, and learning new things, though not necessarily in that order. She has recently achieved a Master of Arts at the University of Queensland, and now tutors the next crop of aspiring writers.

Duration: 8 weeks, 4 hours per week

Language: English

Instructors: Roslyn Petelin, Amber Gwynne, Megan Porter

Institution: The University of Queensland

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