UC Berkeley Free Online Course on English for Journalists

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The University of California, Berkeley is offering open online course to improve English proficiency. The course is specially designed for students with a basic understanding and interest in journalism.

This five week course will improve English grammar, vocabulary and writing skills through exciting topics in journalism and world news.

Course At A Glance

Length: 5 weeks
Effort: 3-4 hours/week
SubjectCommunication
Institution:University of California, Berkeley and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes. Verified Certificate for $49
Session: Self-Paced

Providers’ Details

About This Course

English for Journalists offers instruction in English language development for students who are studying journalism, or working journalists who want to improve their English proficiency. Students with a basic understanding and interest in journalism are encouraged to sign up.

In this communication course, you will learn about key topics that are essential to journalists working around the world. These topics include:
-The job of the journalist
-Ethics in journalism
-Inclusive journalism
-Local vs. Global journalism
-Citizen journalism

Issues in English vocabulary, idioms, and grammar are explored as well.

“English for Journalists” is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, and developed in partnership with the Regional English Language Office in Central and Southeastern Europe, the Voice of America, and English language educators across Central and Eastern Europe. This course is being offered by UC Berkeley as part of the U.S. Department of State’s MOOC Camp.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts in English.  Applicants can get a verified certificate. English for Journalists offers instruction in English language development for students who are studying journalism, or working journalists who want to improve their English proficiency. Students with a basic understanding and interest in journalism are encouraged to sign up. Applicant will also improve their English grammar, vocabulary and writing skills through exciting topics in journalism and world news.

Learning Outcomes

-Understand current issues facing journalists globally
-Improve your English vocabulary and grammar in order to write more effective stories
-Communicate more effectively with others in interviews and reports
-Understand issues of ethics, equality, and fairness as they apply to journalism

Instructors

-Maggie Sokolik

Director of College Writing Programs, University of California, Berkeley

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. She has taught writing and technical communication at UC Berkeley since 1992, and is currently Director of College Writing Programs.

Course Format

In this communication course, applicant will learn about key topics that are essential to journalists working around the world. These topics include:
-The job of the journalist
-Ethics in journalism
-Inclusive journalism
-Local vs. Global journalism
-Citizen journalism

Requirements

-Basic concepts in journalism: lede, follow-up, op-ed, etc. are encouraged to apply.
-Students with a basic understanding and interest in journalism are encouraged to sign up.

How To Join This Course

-Go to the course website link
-Create an edX account to Sign
-Choose “Register Now” to get started.
-EdX offers honor code certificates of achievement, verified certificates of achievement, and XSeries certificates of achievement. Currently, verified certificates are only available in some courses.
-Once applicant sign up for a course and activate your account, click on the Log In button on the edx.org home page and type in their email address and edX password. This will take them to dashboard, with access to each of their active courses. (Before a course begins, it will be listed on their dashboard but will not yet have a “view course” option.)

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