Famous last words…

Have you ever wondered how to sign off an email to your lecturer, the colleague you don’t know very well, or your supervisor at work? Joseph Richardson explains why email signoffs can be tricky: http://www.theguardian.com/media/mind-your-language/2015/nov/06/all-the-best-yours-sincerely-the-last-word-on-email-signoffs


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Grammar Comics by The Oatmeal

10 words you need to stop misspelling

“I created a handy guide for common spelling errors. A panda bear makes an appearance.”

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More Pinkerese on good writing


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MOOC on Academic Writing

About this course

College Writing 2.1x is an introduction to academic writing for English Language Learners, focusing on essay development, grammatical correctness, and self-editing. The five-week course includes a review of basic grammar terminology and understanding; writing effective sentences and paragraphs; introductions and conclusions; strategies for writing longer texts; and thesis statements. The course materials will be offered via readings and videos. An optional course workbook, in ebook form, may be used for additional writing work. Students will participate in online discussions as well as peer review. Students will complete an essay for this part of the course.

In partnership with the U.S. Department of State

UC Berkeley is partnering with the U.S. Department of State to extend the reach of College Writing 2X. Participating U.S. Embassies will host in-person, facilitated discussions sessions around the course content in order to maximize the learning experience. The State Department-supported EducationUSA network will also offer facilitated discussions in some locations for students interested in pursuing higher education in the United States. This partnership is part of the English Education Alliance (E2A), a global effort of the U.S. Department of State to address the global demand for 21st century English language skills.

Enrol here: See moreabout How to Write an Essay

What you’ll learn

  • Basic grammar terminology and understanding
  • How to write effective sentences and paragraphs
  • How to tackle writing introductions and conclusions
  • Strategies for writing longer texts and thesis statements
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The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century

“Why is so much writing so bad? And how can we make it better?” Professor Steven Pinker has been praised for his ability to transform extremely complex ideas and concepts into short, simple sentences. In this lecture he talks about legalese and academese; about coherence and collocations, and about “The Curse of Knowledge”. His message is clear: You can be one of the most distinguished scholars on the planet and still use simple language.

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Stocious, half-tore, half-cut, blootered, lashed, bizzumhead, dunderknowle, hauvey-gauvey, ragabash, and fustilugs

This is what happens if you let writers choose their favourite words in the English language…


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