Free on­line course launched

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tHOU­SANDS of over­seas stu­dents can take their first steps in es­say writ­ing, thanks to the Univer­sity of Read­ing’s (UOR) new, free on­line course launched re­cently.

“A Be­gin­ners’ Guide to English for Univer­sity Study” will go live on Feb 17 next year. Stu­dents can sign up on­line now.

It is UOR Malaysia’s se­cond MOOC (Mas­sive Open On­line Course) an­nounced by Fu­tureLearn, the on­line learn­ing plat­form set up by the Open Univer­sity.

The four-week course is aimed at in­ter­na­tional stu­dents think­ing about start­ing a de­gree in the United King­dom or in an English-speak­ing coun­try.

It pro­vides a brief in­tro­duc­tion to aca­demic writ­ing, in­clud­ing gram­mar, es­say plan­ning, struc­ture and ex­e­cu­tion. It analy­ses aca­demic writ­ing from for­mer stu­dents us­ing a mix of video, on-screen ex­am­ples, dis­cus­sions and quizzes.

As­sis­tant di­rec­tor of the univer­sity’s In­ter­na­tional Study and Lan­guage In­sti­tute, Dr Liz Wild­ing, says: “UK uni­ver­si­ties at­tract sig­nif­i­cant num­bers of stu­dents from around the world, many of whom might not have any ex­pe­ri­ence in writ­ing aca­demic es­says in English.”

Dr Wild­ing says this short course gives stu­dents an over­view of the ba­sics of aca­demic writ­ing. It is based on ma­te­ri­als de­vel­oped by ISLI staff to teach in­ter­na­tional stu­dents here at Read­ing.

It is a free taster that will raise aware­ness, help build con­fi­dence and start lev­el­ling the play­ing field.

“We think it has the po­ten­tial to reach a wide au­di­ence and help pre­pare them for univer­sity study,” Wild­ing says.

The univer­sity’s first MOOC, “Be­gin Pro­gram­ming: Build Your First Mo­bile Game”, was filled within 24 hours of open­ing for ap­pli­ca­tions last month. A se­cond run with un­lim­ited num­bers will be held early next year.

Apart from the ven­tur­ing into MOOC, the UOR will open its new, pur­pose-built cam­pus within EduCity, Iskan­dar, in 2015. It has opened its doors in Malaysia, cur­rently op­er­at­ing from Me­nara Ko­taraya in Jo­hor Baru.

As one of the larger part­ners in the new EduCity, it will be of­fer­ing a wide va­ri­ety of un­der­grad­u­ate, post­grad­u­ate and foun­da­tion pro­grammes such as Law, Phar­macy, Quan­tity Sur­vey­ing, Real Es­tate, Psychology, Busi­ness & Man­age­ment, Fi­nance as well as English lan­guage cour­ses.

UOR Malaysia is ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for its Foun­da­tion in Busi­ness (Jan­uary and March 2014 in­takes) and the BSc Fi­nance and Busi­ness Man­age­ment (Septem­ber 2014 in­take).

The UOR is ranked in the top 1% of the world’s uni­ver­si­ties. Through its world-class re­search, giv­ing in­ter­na­tional stu­dents the best ex­pe­ri­ence and strong teach­ing and busi­ness part­ner­ships world­wide, UOR is a ma­jor global force in higher ed­u­ca­tion.

For more in­for­ma­tion, log on to www. read­ing.edu.my or e-mail my.en­quiry@­read­ing. edu.my or find it on Face­book at www. face­book.com/uni­ver­si­ty­of­read­ing­malaysia

Univer­sity of Read­ing op­er­ates from Me­nara Ko­taraya in Jo­hor Baru.

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