Free Online Course on English Literature & Composition-Part 1: Stories

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The University of California, Berkeley is free online course on English Literature & Composition-Part 1: Stories. This course prepares you to read more deeply and write more clearly about works of literature.

Through this course applicants will enhance their ability to read and write about great literature in preparation for the AP® English Literature & Composition exam. The course will start on August 2, 2017.

Course At A Glance

Length: 7 weeks
Effort: 4-5 hours pw
Subject: Literature
Institution: University of California, Berkeley and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Course Starts on August 2, 2017

Providers’ Details    

The University of California, Berkeley was chartered in 1868, and its flagship campus — envisioned as a “City of Learning” — was established at Berkeley, on San Francisco Bay. Berkeley faculty consists of 1,582 full-time and 500 part-time faculty members dispersed among more than 130 academic departments and more than 80 interdisciplinary research units. Berkeley alumni have received 28 Nobel prizes, and there are eight Nobel Laureates, 32 MacArthur Fellows, and four Pulitzer Prize winners among the current faculty.

About This Course

This course prepares you to read more deeply and write more clearly about works of literature. Through an engaging collection of videos, authentic readings, and support material from a variety of sources, you will learn to appreciate literature from different genres. This course will focus on reading, interpreting and writing about fiction and gothic literature.

You will broaden your vocabulary while you sharpen your academic and creative writing skills. Interaction with other students will help you to refine your thinking about the reading and writing as well. You will learn to write under time pressure, and have the opportunity to complete practice assignments that are similar to those you will find on the AP examination.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts in English.

Learning Outcomes

In this part of the course, you’ll learn:

  • How to read and interpret great works of fiction
  • Cultural and historical background of gothic literature
  • Academic writing skills
  • Test-taking strategies

Instructors

Maggie Sokolik

Dr. Sokolik received her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from the University of California, Los Angeles. After her Ph.D., she did post-doctoral work in Paris, France, and has been a faculty member at Harvard University, MIT, Texas A&M, and Northern Arizona University.

Requirements

There are no prerequisites; you don’t have to take the AP exam to join the course. If you want to learn about literature and writing, this course is for you.

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Create an edX account to SignUp
  • Choose “Register Now” to get started.
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