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BEYOND GRAMMAR: WRITING AS THINKING MADE VISIBLE
Module 1

About the week ahead

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Your writing mindset

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Changing the way you think about writing

Some basic concepts

Topic 1: How this course is different

Topic 2: The cognitive approach to writing

Topic 3: Definitions of ‘effective’, ‘productive’ and ‘efficient’

Topic 4: The four functions of writing

Topic 5: Writing as product, process, speech made visible, tool for thinking, and a form of power

An insight learning experience

Topic 1: A definition of writing

Topic 2: Genre and discourse

Writing is the most important new skill for tech workers

Three reasons writing is your most valuable skill

There are three kinds of writers in business and professions. Which one are you?

 Why very smart people hate writing

Reading

Writing skills essential for every profession

Optional Reading

Self-assessment

Lectures & Readings Quiz

Self-rating Survey

Readings Survey

Module 2

About the week ahead

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Structure at the level of genre

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Where to find ready-made structures for specific writing tasks

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What is rhetoric and how can I use it?

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How structure helps us think

Reading

The inverted pyramid and similar structures

Applying the inverted pyramid

Optional Reading. Explore these links to learn more about rhetoric.

Augsburg.edu

U. of Toronto 

Self-assessment

Structure Quiz

Module 3

About the week ahead

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Your words in the reader's brain part 1

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Your words in the reader's brain part 2

Reading

Imagining Readers

Optional Reading

Yale Program on Climate Change

(Try the Yale quiz then read the section in the report that describes your result.)

Global Warming's Six Americas

Self-assessment

Lectures Quiz

Reading Quiz

Module 4

About the week ahead

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Your personal writing process

Reading

MS Word features checklist

Optional Reading
(video clips of authors talking about their personal writing process)

5 Work Habits Of Famous Writers

Top Five Habits Of Successful Writers

Writing Tips for Blockheads

Self-assessment

Lectures Quiz

Module 5

About the week ahead

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An introduction to framing

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Old habits and some examples of framing

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Reader-friendly framing

Reading

Watch this talk on framing in science communication

Optional Reading

Learn more about Erving Goffman and his work

The Framing Effect: How We Influence People's Decisions Using Perception

Self-assessment

Reframing Quiz

Module 6

About the week ahead

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Your Personal Writing Process - a practical technique

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Editing WordRake demo

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Editing Perfectit demo

Reading

Saving Time and Effort: 7 Software Tools For Correcting, Cleaning Up and Polishing What You Write

Top ten most expensive typos in history

Self-assessment

Your Copyediting Practices Survey

WHAT LEARNERS SAY

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I enjoyed your class a lot. Your style of delivering the sessions was effective and to the point.

 

I am sure the things that I learned from your class will help me in my career growth. 

Mahesh Shrestha, Co-Founder | Creative Director, GrowInnova, Nepal

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Very, very helpful comments and encouragement, lovely, thank you.

Barbara van Koppen, Rural Sociologist & Gender Expert, IWMI South Africa

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This course was unlike anything I had before and so useful.

Manthri (Herath Manthrithilake), Head, Sri Lanka Development Initiative

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Thank you very much for helping us to learn some important aspects of technical writing.

 

I am very grateful for your hard work and commitment.

Mohamed Aheeyar, Researcher, International Water Management Institute, Sri Lanka

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