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Teaching an Online ESL Grammar and Editing Course


The presenter will describe a community college online ESL course that uses email, course web pages, an asynchronous online forum, synchronous chats, telephone and fax. Topics include course implementation, technical issues and options, student interaction, paper grading. Successes, trials and tribulations will be shared and audience input will be sought.


This online course is designed for non-native English writers in the workplace to review the grammar of English and learn to edit grammatical, mechanical and word usage errors in their writing. Instruction takes place primarily by email and world wide web pages designed for the course; telephone, fax and synchronous online chats are secondary means of communication. The course web site includes the course outline, course syllabus, assignments, lectures, answer keys, an asynchronous online forum, a synchronous online chat center, online resources (i.e., links to other sites), and pages by and for students in the class.

The presentation includes a demonstration of the course web site, samples of student work, and an explanation of her system of marking papers via email. Presentation topics include

A handout will be provided.

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