Free Online Courses English Grammar and Style

Hurry up!! Join this course and learn key concepts and strategies in grammar and style to help enhance your writing and confidently respond to the demand for high levels of literacy in the 21st century.

With the rise of social media and the Internet, many people are writing more today for different mediums than ever before. It’ll present materials that cover grammatical principles, word usage, writing style, sentence and paragraph structure, and punctuation. It’ll introduce you to some marvelous resources that we have annotated for your guidance.

It’ll show you video clips of interviews conducted with distinguished grammarians, challenge you with quizzes and writing activities that will give you strategies to help you to build skills that will enhance the quality of your writing, and invite you to participate in discussions and assess the work of your peers.

  • Length: 8 Week
  • Effort: 3 to 4 hours per week
  • Price: Free (Add a Verified Certificate for $99 USD)
  • Institution: UQx
  • Subject: Humanities
  • Level: Introductory
  • Language: English
  • Video Transcripts: English
  • Course Start Date: February 25, 2019

What you’ll learn

In this course you will learn how to create:

  • How to reliably identify the roles and relationships of words in a sentence
  • Mastery of grammatical concepts and syntactical strategies
  • How to apply this knowledge to produce coherent, economical, and compelling writing
  • Skills in critiquing and editing your own and others’ writing

Course Syllabus

  • In Week 1, They’ll introduce you to the course and discuss what grammar is and why it matters; writing Standard English; and how words work.
  • In Week 2, Introduction to Sentences, we’ll learn about parts of speech and word classes; structure and patterns of sentences, phrases, and clauses; and common sentence-level problems.
  • In Week 3, Introduction to Verbs, we’ll consider finite and non-finite verbs: linking verbs, auxiliary verbs, transitive and intransitive verbs, verb phrases, phrasal verbs, verbal phrases, infinitives, participles, and gerunds. We’ll also look at the tense, mood, and voice of verbs.
  • In Week 4, Introduction to Nouns and Pronouns, we’ll explore the form and function of nouns: noun strings and nominalizations; form and function of pronouns, and problems with pronouns.
  • In Week 5, Introduction to Adjectives and Determiners, we’ll discuss the form, function, and use of adjectives including the ‘Royal Order of Adjectives’ and degrees of comparison. Adjectival sequencing, punctuation, and determiners will also be discussed.
  • In Week 6, Introduction to Adverbs and Conjunctions, we’ll learn about the form, function, degrees of comparison, and placement of adverbs; intensifiers; and weasels.
  • In Week 7, Introduction to Prepositions and Paragraphs, we’ll identify how prepositions function and problems with prepositions. We’ll also look at paragraph development and cohesive ties.
  • In Week 8, Introduction to Punctuation, we’ll explore the main punctuation marks, punctuation problems, and other punctuation marks.
  • Approach: Video interviews, mini-lectures, readings, quizzes, writing activities, and writing assignments.

Who Will Teach You?

  • Roslyn Petelin: Associate Professor at The University of Queensland
  • Amber Gwynne: PhD candidate at The University of Queensland
  • Megan Porter: Casual Academic at The University of Queensland

Prerequisites: None

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Free Online Courses TOEFL® Test Preparation: The Insider’s Guide

Prepare for the TOEFL® test and learn how to improve your score and English language skills from the experts who create the exam. This test preparation course, developed by the experts who create, administer and score the TOEFL test, will help English language learners improve their skills.

This course will help you understand what you can do to achieve your best TOEFL test score. Instructors will guide you through each section (Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing) and, using archived past test questions, will explain the kinds of questions you can expect. You will receive valuable advice, including how to register for the test, how it is scored and how to prepare for test day.

Who takes the TOEFL test? More than 30 million people from all over the world have taken the TOEFL test to demonstrate their English-language proficiency.

  • Students planning to study at an institution or university
  • Candidates for scholarships and professional certification
  • English-language learners who want to track their progress
  • Students and workers applying for visas in certain countries

In addition, there will be free resources and discounted test prep offers throughout the course. Finally, you will receive valuable insider tips to help you do your best on the TOEFL test so you can apply to the university or job of your dreams.

  • Length: 6 Week
  • Effort: 2 to 4 hours per week
  • Price: Free (Add a Verified Certificate for $49 USD)
  • Institution: ETSx
  • Subject: Communication
  • Level: Introductory
  • Language: English
  • Video Transcripts: English
  • Course Start Date: Self-Paced

What you’ll learn

In this course you will learn how to create:

  • How to improve your English language skills
  • How to effectively navigate the four sections of the TOEFL test: Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing
  • Helpful tips to prepare you for the TOEFL test
  • How the TOEFL test is scored
  • How to use your TOEFL test scores for employment, study, visas, and scholarships
  • Ways to manage your time during the test
  • Where to find additional resources available for the TOEFL test
  • How to register for the TOEFL test

Who Will Teach You?

  • Michael Knab: “Inside the TOEFL® Test” Host, ETS
  • Cynthia Newman: Reading Instructor, ETS
  • Shawn Gorman: Writing Instructor, ETS
  • Molly Palmer: Speaking Instructor, ETS
  • Faye Weidner: Host, ETS
  • Insook Chung: Listening Instructor, ETS
  • Kathleen Fletcher: Moderator, ETS
  • Elizabeth Jenner: Moderator, ETS
  • Ashley Woodrow: Moderator, ETS

Prerequisites: None

The TOEFL test is the world’s most trusted and widely accepted English-language assessment. It has helped millions of people achieve their dreams to study, work or live abroad. More than 10,000 institutions of higher education, government agencies, and organizations worldwide accept TOEFL scores for making important decisions.

This course is highly interactive, using videos, sample questions with explanations, short quizzes, and collaborative discussion boards. You will also have access to real test materials from past tests. During the weeks covering Speaking and Writing, all course participants can receive scores for their practice-test responses.

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NMAI Internship International Program

The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) offers grad students and postgrads a 10-week internship for those interested in the museum-related fields. The Smithsonian Institution (SI) offers this paid internship in various locations.

Interns complete projects using the resources of the NMAI and other Smithsonian offices. Internships are an opportunity for students to learn about the museum’s collections, exhibitions, programs, and methodologies, and to meet professionals in the museum field.

NMAI Internship Program provides educational opportunities for students interested in the museum profession and related fields. Internships are an opportunity for students to learn about the museum’s collections, exhibitions, programs, and methodologies, and to meet professionals in the museum field.

Key Details:

  • Award Type: Internship
  • Duration: 10-week
  • Agency: National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) and Smithsonian Institution (SI)
  • Location: USA
  • Citizenship: No citizenship requirements.
  • Application Deadline: 6 February 2019.

Who May Enter:

To qualify, you must be a:

  • Must be currently enrolled in a university academic program.
  • If the applicant if not a current student, they may still apply but will need to use the essay portion of the application to state how an internship in a particular department will benefit academic and professional goals.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or its equivalent is generally expected.
  • Academic Level: Prospective Graduate Student. Current Graduate Student.
  • Disciplines: Open to all fields.
  • The internship program is open to anyone. The NMAI is an equal opportunity employer and follows equal opportunity employment guidelines in the selection of its interns.

Application Procedure:

Internship projects for all internships at the NMAI, except in Conservation, are listed below. To apply for an internship in NMAI Conservation, visit Conservation Training.

All components of the application that are required for NMAI internships must be uploaded via SOLAA. Do not send components separately.

  • Statement of interest: questions to address are on the application—include at least one or more other departments of interest to you, and why interning in those departments would benefit you academically and career-wise.
  • Transcripts (unofficial are preferred)
  • CV or résumé
  • Two letters of recommendation: SOLAAsystem allows references to confidentially upload letters into your application.

Note: Summer internships start the first full week of June, spring internships Start the third full week of March, and fall internships start the last full week of September.

Notification: Notification about placement occurs four to six weeks after the deadline.

Worth Description:

  • The internships are paid. Benefits of an internship:
  • Travel, housing, and stipends may be provided to students on a limited basis. Students receiving stipends must work full time (forty hours per week).
  • Interns are selected by a review committee made up of five NMAI staff. Approximately twenty-five percent of applicants are accepted for internships during any one-year period.
  • Stipends may be provided to students in need whose applications are submitted on time and who are accepted into the program. Per Smithsonian Institution regulations, stipend amounts can typically range from approximately $1,000 to $8,000 for a ten-week session.
  • The amount of the stipend depends on the number of funds available and is at the discretion of the NMAI. Students who live in the Washington, D.C., region may receive a stipend that will offset the costs of commuting, approximately $500–$2,000 for a ten-week session.


If there are further questions, email or call 202-633-6988.

Nikon Small World Photomicrography and Video Competitions

Nikon Instruments Inc. is pleased to offer the Nikon Small World Photomicrography and Video Competitions. The Nikon Small World Competition is open to anyone with an interest in photography through the microscope. Contestants may enter the competitions by uploading digital images and/or movies directly to our secure servers.

Provided By: Nikon Instruments is a division of the Nikon Corporation, which is headquartered in Tokyo. It develops and manufactures optical and digital imaging products and software for biomedical applications.

Key Details:

  • Award Amount: More than $16500
  • Number of Awards: Approximately 30
  • Study level: Any
  • Requirement: Over the age of 18
  • Submission Categories: Photomicrography and Video
  • Application Deadline: April 30, 2019
  • Winner Announcement: Prizewinners will be notified by August 15, 2019.

Who May Enter:

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • Anyone over the age of 18 is eligible, with the exception of employees of Nikon, their families, the contest judges, and individuals engaged in the manufacture or sale of microscopes, related accessories or photographic equipment.
  • Former first prizewinners are ineligible to win first prize in the three contests immediately following the contest they won but can win other prizes.
  • Any image that has won any other photomicrography competition is not eligible.
  • Photomicrographs must be taken using a light microscope, such as one of the Nikon series of microscopes. All types of light microscopy and specimens are acceptable. Electron and any other microscopes that do not capture imagery using optical light technology are not permitted.
  • Truly international in scope, entries have been received from the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Winners have included both professionals and hobbyists.

Application Procedure:

To participate, you need to register through the link:

Images must be submitted as follows:

  • Digitally: Uploading to the Small World Competition entry area here. Images must be in jpeg, png, psd, or tiff format and videos in flv, mp4, mpg, wmv, avi, mov (Please submit the highest quality image with regard to file size, bit depth, and resolution.)
  • For images on film, a 35mm mounted transparency will be accepted. Glass mounts are not accepted.

Small World in Motion entries are further limited to:

  • Movie length of no more than 60 seconds
  • The use of sound is not permitted
  • It is not permitted to add graphics of any kind

Required Documents:

Please send correspondence to Nikon’s Small World Competition, Nikon Instruments Inc., 1300 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, NY 11747-3064 USA or email

Award Description:

Photomicrography: Top 20 prize winners are selected and ranked by Small World Judges.

  • 1st Prize – $3,000
  • 2nd Prize – $2,000
  • 3rd Prize – $1,000
  • 4th Prize – $800
  • 5th Prize – $600
  • 6th Prize – $400
  • 7th-10th Prizes – $300 each
  • 11th-20th Prizes – $200 each
  • Honorable Mentions – $100 each
  • Images of Distinction – Nikon Backpack (or equivalent)
  • Prizes for top 3 winners are paid by check in US funds and other prizes are paid by Visa gift card also in US funds. Winners responsible for all applicable taxes.

Video: Top 3 prize winners are selected and ranked by Small World In Motion Judges.

  • 1st Prize – $3,000
  • 2nd Prize – $2,000
  • 3rd Prize – $1,000
  • Honorable Mentions – $100 each
  • Prizes for top 3 winners are paid by check in US funds and other prizes are paid by Visa gift card also in US funds. Winners responsible for all applicable taxes.

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IBE Student Essay Competition for International Students

The IBE Student Essay Competition in Business Ethics celebrates the best writing and thinking by undergraduates and postgraduates on business ethics.  It is open to current (yet to graduate) undergraduate and Master’s degree students.

International students studying with a Higher Education Institution in the UK are eligible to submit essays into the competition.

Provided By: The Institute of Business Ethics, whose purpose is to promote high standards of business behavior based on ethical values, is an important partner to any business wanting to preserve its long-term reputation by doing business in the right way.

Key Details:

  • Number of Awards: Multiple
  • Study level: Undergraduate and Master’s degree level study
  • Requirement: 2,500 words submission
  • Submission Categories: Undergraduate and Postgraduate
  • Application Deadline: 59pm on Tuesday 30 April 2019

Who May Enter:

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • International students studying with a Higher Education Institution in the UK (including those enrolled on distance learning courses) are eligible to submit essays into the competition – however, in the event of such a student winning the competition, expenses for international travel to attend the prize-giving ceremony event will not be covered.
  • Submissions must be from current (yet to graduate) undergraduate and Master’s degree students (including those on MBA programmes) in Higher Education Institutions based in the UK (those studying at doctorate level are not eligible).
  • Submissions must be made by students themselves (tutors cannot submit on behalf of their students).

Application Procedure:

To participate, entries must be submitted electronically, by email to

  • Entries must be submitted with the completed cover page which is available to download from the essay competition website
  • Download the cover page for submitting your essay

Required Documents:

  • Submissions should be 2,500 words (±10%) excluding all supplementary materials (appendices and bibliographies)
  • You choose the topic that you want to write about
  • A focus on current topics in business ethics is encouraged and rewarded through the judging process. For inspiration on what to write about, take a look at the Resources section of the website or our YouTube channel.
  • All entries must be in English and submitted as a word doc. Pages must be numbered and the word count is written on the front page
  • Submissions can be a piece of work submitted as an assignment, an original essay or case study. Group submissions are allowed.
  • Only one submission per individual or group will be accepted into the competition.
  • All entries will be acknowledged by email within 7 days of receipt of submission – if you do not receive a confirmation within 7 days, please contact the IBE to ensure that your submission has been received

Award Description:

For students

  • The competition is great for your professional development. Winning an essay competition looks good on your CV. Winning essays are published on the IBE website. You will be given the opportunity to present your essay to industry experts (both academic and practitioner) at the awards ceremony.
  • Finally, the winning prize of £1,000 (generously funded by the Gordon Cook foundation) is great for the bank balance!

For tutors/universities

  • To celebrate their contributions, winning tutors are invited to the awards ceremony where you will be presented with a certificate on behalf of your institution as an acknowledgement of the quality of the teaching and student engagement promoted.
  • You will join the prestigious club of previous winning institutions which in the last couple of years includes: the University of St Andrews; UCL Faculty of Laws; London School of Economics; and Birbeck College, University of London.

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