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Adventures in Writing.
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Говорил ли я уже, что английский язык нужно знать? И чем лучше — тем лучше?
Не грех и повториться.

При этом, по моему опыту, тяжелее всего нарабатывается грамотная письменная речь. Stanford Online выложил курс, направленный на развитие именно этого навыка.

Adventures in Writing is a series of graphic-novel style learning modules designed to help you learn more about and practice a range of effective written communication skills. Writing instructors in Stanford’s Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) designed the modules to reflect PWR’s philosophy that the best academic and real world communication practices require us to think about more than “correctness” or just getting things right—we must actively consider what we’re trying to achieve with a specific audience for a specific purpose.



[Список рассматриваемых тем.]
1. Introduction to Academic Language

This module works from the premise that effective language users develop conscious awareness of how they use language in making sense of and interacting with the world, and that academic communications have specific expectations about language usage that may differ from other. Join our characters Maya, Chris, and Josh at a baseball game and learn how to make a successful academic writing pitch.

2. Audience, Purpose, and Context: Language as Communication

This module complicates the personal, individual relationship with language, taking into account the needs and expectations of others. Join Maya and Chris on their adventure through an amusement park, and learn the importance of “Who,” “Why,” and “What” to effective communication.

3. Passive and Active Constructions

This module focuses on the effect of using passive constructions purposefully and on revising such constructions when appropriate to emphasize agency and action. Join Maya and Chris as they watch a zombie movie, and learn the importance of understanding when to be passive – and when being passive puts you in danger of being eaten by zombies.

4. Punctuation: Signposts to Guide Readers

This module explains punctuation as a communication tool that increases the clarity and precision of language. Join Maya, Chris, and Vlad as they rush to try to get Vlad to his orchestra rehearsal on time, and learn how to use punctuation to help you hit the correct notes in your writing.

5. Argument: Making and Supporting Claims

This module focuses on elements of effective academic argumentation, highlighting a central claim that sets up reader expectations that must be met and supported with appropriate evidence. Join Maya, Chris, and Fiona in their quest to establish a community garden at their university and learn what it means to get arguments to effectively take root in academic contexts.


Тем, для кого английский не родной, курс может показаться весьма сложным для освоения. Тем и хорош. Школы, занятия, материалы для новичков и приравненых к ним сейчас можно найти на каждом углу. А вот дальше все гораздо хуже. Как и везде, впрочем.

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