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Éléments linguistiques de base de l’anglais


The main aim of this MOOC is to achieve basic functional proficiency for novice learners to communicate effectively in real life situations in English. The MOOC addresses basic linguistic elements required for the mastery and use of the English language to help novice learners have a practical command of basic language skills: Speaking, reading, writing and listening.

ABOUT THIS MOOC

This MOOC focuses on basic linguistic elements in English

It is subdivided into 8 modules. It begins with Module 0 (zero) which contains the general presentation of the course. The module also contains a teaser in which pedagogic team members present the general overview of the MOOC. The remaining 7 Modules draw from a range of general topics as Basic Language Functions, Education, the Current Pandemic Disease, Travel and Tourism, Music, Technology Devices, Letter and Essay writing. In each of the modules, there are videos, reading texts and audios, discussion forums and exercises (formative, and summative at the end of the MOOC).

What you are expected to achieve

At the end of this MOOC, you should be able to demonstrate the following skills:

Reading: the ability to read English with understanding (understand the meaning of words in context, comment and answer questions on passages read, etc.).

Listening: the ability to understand English when it is spoken

Speaking: the ability to speak intelligibly (hold a basic conversation in English, pronounce words correctly, etc.).

Writing: the ability to write English correctly (spell words correctly, use appropriate vocabulary, write short, clear and simple sentences and paragraphs, describe, etc.).

HOW THE ACTIVITIES ARE STRUCTURED

Apart from Module Zero (0) which provides a general overview of the entire MOOC, the remaining 7 Modules draw from a range of general topics as Basic Language Functions, Education, the Current Pandemic Disease, Travel and Tourism, Music, Technology Devices, Letter and Essay writing as aforementioned. In each of the modules, there are videos, reading texts and audios, discussion forums and exercises (formative, and summative at the end of the MOOC).

VIDEO CAPSULES (PEDAGOGIC VIDEOS ): these videos introduce modules or capture specific units where the facilitors provide breif lectures, guidelines and objectives, or introduce a lesson; you will also find simulated videos taken directly from Youtube and embedded in some sections of the course for purpose of emphasis in order to facilitate your learning and progress.

FORMATIVE EXERCISES: these are exercises incorporated in each Unit which permit learners to measure their progress in the course; some of the exercises are graded and some are not.

DISCUSSION FORA : there are dicussion fora for you to interact with each other and the the teacher. You will be able to interact as individuals, group or as a class. In each case, you are exoected to:

o Ask questions on issues that are not clear to yout;

o Interact on the topic of discusson and contribute by reacting to you mates' opinions;

o You will also be enlightened in the fora through the discussions;

o Make it a habit to participate actively in the dicussions so that you may also learn;

Requirements

The MOOC, Basic Linguistic Elements in English, is dedicated to learners with a French linguisitic background taking English as second language. They should have had some basic linguistic knowledge of English in High School and can construct a simple sentence in English. They should be holders of a baccalauréat in any subject.

In addition, we recommend that learners should have a minimum of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) A1 to get the most from this course.

FACILITATORS

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Sokeng Piewo Stephane Celeste (PhD)

Stephane Celeste Sokeng Piewo is a Senior Lecturer of English Language and Applied Linguistics at the Department of Bilingual Letters, University of Yaounde 1, since 2012. She defended a thesis on the proficiency in English of Francophone secondary school leavers in Cameroon which evaluated the level in English of Francophone students admitted to further their studies in the University of Yaounde 1 where classes are taught in French and in English. She has published articles on the challenges Francophones face in English in the learning of English as a second official language in Cameroon, on their attitudes and motivations towards the language and tentative solutions. She is now working on how to overcome these challenges through the implementation of digital tools in the teaching and learning of English as a second/foreign language in Cameroon. In 2018, she attended a training on “MOOCs4Development”, at the Advanced School of Engineering, Yaoundé from February 2018 - March 2019 in collaboration with École Fédérale Polytechnique de Lausanne, Switzerland. She is a team member of REAMOOC (Réseau africain de développement de MOOC). From November 19, 2019 to December 20, 2019 she acted as a consultant with UNESCO for the training of University lecturers to digital pedagogy "CertNum-Sup" at the Higher Teachers' Training College, ENS-Yaounde...

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David Toh Kusi (PhD)

David Toh Kusi is Senior Lecturer of British Literature and Contemporary Literary Studies at the Higher Teacher Training College, Yaounde, University of Yaounde 1, since 2011. Appointed in 2018 to Head the Service of Research and Cooperation at the Faculty of Arts, University of Bamenda. He is a digital pedagogue and facilitator of the Digital Certificate Programme at the Higher Teacher Training College Yaoundé since 2015. He is a “MOOCs4Development” expert trained at the Advanced School of Engineering, Yaoundé from February 2018 - March 2019 in collaboration with ÉCOLE Fédéral Polytechnique de Lausanne, Switzerland. Team member of REAMOOC (Réseau africain de développement de MOOC) and co-content developer of a basic linguistics course in Open-edX for the University of Yaounde 1. A programme funded with support from the European Commission-Erasmus.

COPYRIGHT POLICY

The content of this MOOC, including all borrowed resources (like videos, songs, text, images, etc), is made available under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (CC BY-NC-ND) Creative Commons license which permits share--copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format. These are the terms:

Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.

Non commercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes.

No derivatives — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified material.

No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permit.

Policy for Video Content Created by the pedagogic team:

The Video content created by the pedagogic team of this MOOC is made available under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution- © All Right Reserved.

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