Improve your English grammar, vocabulary and writing skills through topics in journalism including free speech, sports, humor and broadcast writing.
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:
- free speech and freedom of the press
- sports writing and broadcast
- humor and satirical news writing
- understanding science and technology in journalism
- media trends
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 EasternEurope. This course is being offered by UC Berkeley as part of the U.S. Department of State’s MOOC Camp.
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What you’ll learn
- Improve your English vocabulary and grammar in order to write more effective stories
- Communicate more effectively with others in interviews and reports
- Different styles of news writing include humor, satirical, sports and broadcast
- Understand current issues facing journalists globally
- How technology and science affect journalism
- Understand issues of ethics, equality, and fairness as they apply to journalism
Free online courses from University of California, Berkeley
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.
In September 2012, to mark Berkeley’s commitment to innovation in teaching and learning, The Berkeley Resource Center for Online Education (BRCOE) was formed. The Center is a resource hub and an operational catalyst for all internal campus-wide and external resources to advise, coordinate, and facilitate the University’s online education initiatives, ranging from credit and non-credit courses, to online degree programs and MOOC projects, including the MOOCLab initiative.
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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 Director of College Writing Programs. She is the author of over twenty ESL and composition textbooks. She is an English Language Specialist for the U.S. Department of State, and travels frequently to speak about grammar, educational technology, writing, and instructor education, most recently to Turkey, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and New Zealand.
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