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My Dream: English Grammar Learning Mooc

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Charles Voth
13 January 2013

English Grammar Learning Mooc

Tags: English Grammar ESL

Your situation (context)

I am a stay-at-home dad and a part-time college professor (adjunct) in ESL. I used to teach TESL pre-service. The college where I work uses Blackboard, and there is limited openness to blended classes, but as an adjunct I have no clout to move things forward. Grammar teachers in my department are still using materials and textbooks that are 20 years old, and our deptment just gave up 20 hours of computer lab time because the grammar teachers admitted to not using the labs for the grammar curriculum. I would like to branch out on my own and develop an online learning course that focuses on grammar for academic writing and presentation skills for learners who need to move beyond conversational English and email and basic anecdote composition skills.

The change you would like to see (challenge)

I hope to design an online pre-university (undergrad or post-grad) course for what some would call grammar therapy (unlearning the fossilized areas or moving beyond a few trite rehashed sentence patterns) and creative grammar analysis.

How you might go about bringing that change

I teach with a blended deductive/inductive approach focusing on lexicogrammar and collocations. I need to learn about platforms that I could use wherein I don't have to learn html5, etc, so that I can set up a course. I was thinking about Udemy. I also want to learn more about Learning Design because from what I've read so far, it's how I've always carried out my curriculum design, but now there's a nice term for it.

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