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Easy Way to Technical Writing

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About the course

The course is fully conducted in English so you are going to improve your Listening, Reading, Vocabulary, Grammar and Writing Skills.

It includes theoretical information about Technical Writing, Grammar, Vocabulary and Punctuation (from various reliable grammar sources and the best manuals of style) combined with a variety of tasks from actual APIs and tutorials (Python, Jquery, Dropbox API, Gambit etc.)  to practice your new skills.

The course starts with a test to check your command of English.

Then the first part gives you a general overview of the concept of tech writing and its simplification as well as vocabulary used in this particular kind of texts. Next you will dive into two extensive modules on Grammar used in modern technical writing. In the last module you are going to  have some input  and practice on punctuation as well as Simplified Technical English rules followed by an End-of-course Test.

Additionally, every module includes a Review section which helps you to 'rotate' new concepts to boost your long-term memory.

It is for those who would like to learn how to write easy and comprehensible specifications to their code, software, etc. according to international standards as well as for those who are only interested in reading.

It gives practical and useful knowledge only; there is no information on this course which you would never use in real life work-related situations.

So if you need technical writing for studies, work, and/or your own current or future projects, the course is for you.


Instructors

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    Polina Gantman
    CELTA(Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, 2009). CPE (=9 in IELTS, Cambrige Certificate, Level C2). She' s been consulting in English in Mail.RuGroup for 6 years. She worked for Yandex, Ashmanov and Partners etc.
    Polina graduated from Moscow State University of Electronic Technologies with a MA in Translation and Linguistics (2007), passed CELTA (Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, 2009) course and successfully upgraded her skills to Proficiency Level in April 2016, CPE ( =9 in IELTS, Cambrige Certificate, Level C2). She has an 8 years' experience in teaching English to various levels (from Beginner to Advanced) working with groups of adults or individual students in IT sector. So far she has taught such courses as General English, Job Interview, Technical Writing Course, Writing Business Letters, Business English, Preparation for IELTs, Speaking and Grammar Course etc.

Reviews

Rated:  4
I can't say that the course is amazing. Sometimes it was a bit boring for me. In the end of the course I tried to complete the tasks as fast as possible. Nevertheless, thanks to Polina for her affords. It was a good revision for me.
Nailya Kamalova September 26, 2017 link
Rated:  5
Hello! Thank you very much for this course! It was very useful and so much helpful! Also the benefit of this course is systematization of knowledge you've already have ))
Rated:  1
The course is a perfect example of how you should not learn nor teach, since after every single lecture or module it is absolutely essential to check everything you heard in literature or dictionaries. Lectures, slides and even tasks contain a huge amount of mistakes and prononciation flaws. Feedback does not exist at all or you simply get banned after pointing out an obvious mistake in some task. All in all, of course you can use the course for your benefit and here's how: read all the articles provided, double-check them and google up all the questions. That's basically it. Since nobody is going to answer them here or correct the ridiculous tasks like jigsaw-puzzle solwing or finding wrong stressing in the lecturer's speech (oh I wish there would be just one).
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The course is aimed at simplifying your approach to technical writing in English as well as explaining some grammar, vocabulary, and punctuation typical of this genre. It summarizes the main points of successful and up-to-date technical writing and reading process. Feel free to enroll and enjoy these clear, practical, easy-to-access and inspiring materials.

Workload:
3 - 5 hours a week
Expected time to complete:
11 hours
Language:
English
Certificate:
Issuing
Certificate condition: 357 points
With distinction: 410 points

About the course

The course is fully conducted in English so you are going to improve your Listening, Reading, Vocabulary, Grammar and Writing Skills.

It includes theoretical information about Technical Writing, Grammar, Vocabulary and Punctuation (from various reliable grammar sources and the best manuals of style) combined with a variety of tasks from actual APIs and tutorials (Python, Jquery, Dropbox API, Gambit etc.)  to practice your new skills.

The course starts with a test to check your command of English.

Then the first part gives you a general overview of the concept of tech writing and its simplification as well as vocabulary used in this particular kind of texts. Next you will dive into two extensive modules on Grammar used in modern technical writing. In the last module you are going to  have some input  and practice on punctuation as well as Simplified Technical English rules followed by an End-of-course Test.

Additionally, every module includes a Review section which helps you to 'rotate' new concepts to boost your long-term memory.

It is for those who would like to learn how to write easy and comprehensible specifications to their code, software, etc. according to international standards as well as for those who are only interested in reading.

It gives practical and useful knowledge only; there is no information on this course which you would never use in real life work-related situations.

So if you need technical writing for studies, work, and/or your own current or future projects, the course is for you.


Requirements

To simplify your technical English,  you have to at the very least  know the basics, meaning that the minimum requirement for this course is Pre-intermediate — Intermediate Level which is B1-B2 in Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. 

Also, you have to be able to spend  3-6 hours a week watching and reading lectures and doing practice tasks.

You need to be interested in technical writing for your work or/and studies. So it is good if you have already encountered with some technical  English  texts. It is even better if you have already tried writing something whether it was for an open source, for your own project or for your job/studies. 

If you are merely a reader of APIs, tutorials and manuals, still this course is useful for you. You will improve your reading skills as well since they are closely connected with Grammar, Writing, Punctuation and Vocab explained on the course.

Target audience

- students of technical universities - software developers, quality assurance engineers etc.

This course is entirely free. All content is available now.