The College English Process Writing MOOC course is taught to anyone who feels English writing is a mystery. In this course, students will understand the writing process, learn to write effective argumentation/arguments, and think critically. The course also teaches effective strategies targeting students’ common writing problems in the writing process, so that you can tailor this course to your individual needs. Moreover, this MOOC course, as an upgrade of a popular writing course taught in Jilin University ever since 2008, provides a variety of engaging writing activities, rich leaning resources, and in-depth analysis of writing samples from our previous and current students. Here you will engage yourself in an adventure of shaping your ideas, an interactive writing environment, and a fun learning process. The course will equip you with the fundamental writing skills so that you will be prepared to pursue your educational goals in whatever field you so choose.
The format of this course includes interactive lecturing videos (average 6 minutes length), discussions with faculty and students, writing exercises and quizs, directed metacognition activity, forum participation, peer review, polls and surveys.
All you need is a willingness to become a better writer.
Troubleshooting 1: I don’t know what to write about.
1. T-Chart; clustering，listing
2. cubing, looping
3. How to research a topic: use of library/database
Troubleshooting 2: What is thesis statement? The soul of your paper
Troubleshooting 3: How do I put my ideas together?
Troubleshooting 4: What is effective argumentation?
4.1 three appeals of argumentation: logical appeal and logical fallacy
4.2 three appeals of argumentation: emotional and ethical appeal
Trbouble shooting 5: How to introduce a topic?
Troubleshooting 6: How to develop a paragraph？
6.1 planning the body of an essay
6.2 how to support what I say in a paragraph
1. Troubleshooting 7: How to incorporate evidence in writing?
2. How to do peer review?
Troubleshooting 8: I don’t know how to end my paper.
Troubleshooting 9: I feel my writing is informal.
Troubleshooting 10: I feel my writing is boring.
10.1 how to enliven your writing by using more specific and vivid words. (Ian)
10.2 use of descriptive language
10.3 setence variety: variety in sentence opening/length/structure
Troubleshooting 11: I feel my writing is wordy.
Trouble shooting 12: I don’t know how to connect ideas besides using firstly, secondly and thirdly.
Troubleshooting 13: What are the common errors found in students’ writing?
Troubleshooting 14: How to revise and edit your paper?
Troubleshooting 15: How can I become a better reader and writer?
Suggestions on English learning resources and strategies