University of California, Irvine – Grammar and Punctuation

grammar

https://www.coursera.org/learn/grammar-punctuation

Do you need to review English grammar? Have you forgotten the grammar you once studied? If so, this course is perfect for you. The first course in this specialization is a refresher on some tools needed for good writing. It will help prepare you for the other courses. You will need about 10 hours to complete this first course. Writing is a skill and to learn a skill well, you need to practice. In this course, you will watch short video lectures and then practice and discuss what you have learned. Make sure you take good notes and use the peer discussions to ask questions. Then you’ll be able to remember the rules you learn in this course when you start writing essays in the next course.

After completing this course, you will be able to: – identify the correct verb tenses to use – use commas effectively – utilize several different sentence types – write more effectively in English

Miracles of Human Language: An Introduction to Linguistics

ling

https://www.coursera.org/course/humanlanguage

Everywhere, every day, everybody uses language. There is no human society, no matter how small or how isolated, which does not employ a language that is rich and diverse. This course introduces you to linguistics, featuring interviews with well-known linguists and with speakers of many different languages. Join us to explore the miracles of human language!

Shaping the Way We Teach English part 1

EFL MOOC

https://www.coursera.org/course/shaping1landscape

Learn effective approaches to English language teaching. This is the first of two teacher training courses based on the internationally-recognized Shaping the Way We Teach English videos and resources and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the University of Oregon.

Starts April 6 2015
5 weeks of study
4-6 hours/week
Free

The English Language Broadcast of Radio Exterior de España

RTVE

http://www.rtve.es/alacarta/audios/emision-en-ingles/

The English Language Broadcast of Radio Exterior de España has been on the air since 1944. Our daily broadcasts seek to inform listeners about goings-on in Spain, as well as offer a Spanish perspective on world events. News, sports and weather, presented live, are followed on weekdays by a variety of different programs on subjects ranging from art and culture to history, politics, and the latest trends. These programs can be heard again at the weekend.

Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching MOOC

The course title 'Understanding language: learning and teaching' with colourful written notes in different languages. University of Southampton, January 2015.

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/understanding-language

An introduction to some key concepts in the effective teaching and learning of languages.

Starts: 20 April 2015
Duration: 4 weeks

What is language? How do we learn meaning in a new language? What is easy and hard about learning another language? And what is the best way to teach other languages? This free online course suggests some answers to these questions. It has been developed by the University of Southampton and the British Council.

25 maps that explain the English language

http://www.vox.com/2015/3/3/8053521/25-maps-that-explain-english

English is the language of Shakespeare and the language of Chaucer. It’s spoken in dozens of countries around the world, from the United States to a tiny island named Tristan da Cunha. It reflects the influences of centuries of international exchange, including conquest and colonization, from the Vikings through the 21st century. Here are 25 maps and charts that explain how English got started and evolved into the differently accented languages spoken today.