Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship for Canadian and Foreign Students

The Government of Canada is pleased to announce the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program to strengthen Canada’s ability to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning.

The Vanier CGS program helps Canadian institutions aims to attract and retain world-class, highly qualified doctoral students from across Canada and around the world.

Vanier Scholars demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health.

Provided By: The Government of Canada

Key Details:

  • Award Amount: $50,000 per year for three years during doctoral studies
  • Number of Awards: Up to 166 scholarships are awarded annually. A total of up to 500 scholarships are active at any time.
  • Study Level: Graduate
  • Requirement: All Nationality
  • Submission Categories: Online
  • Application Deadline: For Students: Consult the nominating institution for submission deadline. For nominating institutions: Deadline: November 6, 2019 (20:00 EST).

Who May Enter:

Candidate eligibility

  1. Citizenship: Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada and foreign citizens are eligible to be nominated for a Vanier CGS.
  2. To be considered for a Vanier CGS, you must:
  • be nominated by only one Canadian institution, which must have received a Vanier CGS quota;
  • be pursuing your first doctoral degree (including joint undergraduate/graduate research program such as: MD/PhD, DVM/PhD, JD/PhD – if it has a demonstrated and significant research component). Note that only the PhD portion of a combined degree is eligible for funding;
  • intend to pursue, in the summer semester or the academic year following the announcement of results, full-time doctoral (or a joint graduate program such as: MD/PhD, DVM/PhD, JD/PhD) studies and research at the nominating institution; Note that only the PhD portion of a combined degree is eligible for funding;
  • not have completed more than 20 months of doctoral studies as of May 1, 2020 (see calculating months of doctoral studies below);
  • have achieved a first-class average, as determined by your institution, in each of the last two years of full-time study or equivalent. Candidates are encouraged to contact the institution for its definition of a first-class average, and
  • must not hold, or have held, a doctoral-level scholarship or fellowship from CIHRNSERC or SSHRC to undertake or complete a doctoral degree.

Eligibility of Degree Programs

  • Doctoral awards are tenable only in degree programs that have a significant research component.
  • The research component must be a requirement for completion of the program and is considered to be significant original, autonomous research that leads to the completion of a dissertation, major scholarly publication, performance, recital and/or exhibit that is merit reviewed at the institutional level.
  • Clinically-oriented programs of study, including clinical psychology, are also eligible programs if they have a significant research component, as described above.

Note: ResearchNet will only allow the creation of one application per applicant. Applicants should only seek a nomination from the institution at which they want to study and are advised to discuss their decision with the nominating institution before they submit the application through ResearchNet.

Before you apply for a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS), check all eligibility criteria here.

Application Procedure:

To participate, participants must be nominated by the institution at which they want to study. Applicants apply online on the portal.

A complete Vanier CGS nomination packages include:

Award Description:

The Government of India will provide benefits as the following:

  • Valued at $50,000 per year for three years during doctoral studies
  • Considers three equally weighted selection criteria: Academic Excellence, Research Potential, and Leadership

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Government of India Fully-Funded PhD Fellowships for ASEAN Students at IITs

Aspirants from ASEAN countries are welcome to apply for a fellowship to pursue a higher program at an IIT of their choice in India and get a chance to finish their PhD with funding that will cover the entire cost of study and living expenses for up to 5 years.

The Government of India Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) is offering 1000 Fully-Funded PhD Fellowships at Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the warm and friendly ties between India and ASEAN.

Provided By: The Government of India (ISO: Bharat Sarkar), often abbreviated as GoI, is the union government created by the constitution of India as the legislative, executive and judicial authority of the union of 29 states and seven union territories of a constitutionally democratic republic. It is located in New Delhi, the capital of India.

Key Details:

  • Award Amount: Fully-Funded
  • Number of Awards: 1000
  • Study Level: PhD
  • Requirement: African Nationality
  • Submission Categories: Online
  • Application Deadline: October 31, 2019

Who May Enter:

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • Applications from 10 ASEAN countries are accepted. ASEAN comprises Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Vietnam.
  • The PhD program will be awarded in any subject in India’s foremost technical education centres (IITs):
  1. IIT Bhilai
  2. IIT Bhubaneswar
  3. IIT Bombay
  4. IIT Delhi
  5. IIT (ISM) Dhanbad
  6. IIT Dharwad
  7. IIT Gandhinagar
  8. IIT Goa
  9. IIT Guwahati
  10. IIT Hyderabad
  11. IIT Indore
  12. IIT Jammu
  13. IIT Jodhpur
  14. IIT Kanpur
  15. IIT Kharagpur
  16. IIT Madras
  17. IIT Mandi
  18. IIT Palakkad
  19. IIT Patna
  20. IIT Roorkee
  21. IIT Ropar
  22. IIT Tirupati
  23. IIT (BHU) Varanasi

Application Procedure:

To participate, participants must follow the given guidelines:

  • Applicants apply online on the portal. To apply, applicants are required to take admission in one of an IITs in India. Explore IITs and apply for a fully-funded PhD program.
  • ASEAN students applying for the fellowships will require a student visa with an admission letter from IIT and last education certificate.
  • Visa Application is to be filled online at gov.in/visa/.
  • Applicants may be asked to provide additional documents, if needed, by the consular officer – Passport, photographs, and Signatures. Applicants must check the full detail for a student visa.

Award Description:

The Government of India will provide a total budget outlay of INR 300 crore in up to 1000 integrated PhD Fellowships (approximately USD 45 million). The benefits are as the following:

  • The maximum tenure of each fellowship is 5 years. Winners will receive a stipend per month as the following: INR 31,000/- for the first 2 years and INR 35,000/- for the next three years
  • Fellows will receive a research grant up to INR 170,000/- for research expenses such as travel, books, and contingency.
  • The program will also provide accommodation (monthly house rent allowance) up to 24% – as per Govt. norms (depending on the city) – of the stipend, if hostel accommodation not provided.

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Free Online Course on Life English Listening – Conversational English Skills

Are you finding it difficult to start the conversation, or find the right words when communicating in English? Do you know how to start and end conversations in a polite way?

Do you want to communicate with a native speaker? Do you want to learn more about American, British, Canadian, Australian, South Korean, Colombian, and Chinese cultures? If so, you’ve come to the right course!

Learn how to express communicate in English and improve your conversational language skills. Let Chinese and foreign teachers and more than 50 friends from the United States, Britain, Ireland, Canada, Australia, and Colombia take you on a different English learning journey.

The most important function of language is communication. In communication, we need to know how to start a topic of interest to the other party, answer other people’s questions, and complete a dialogue naturally and smoothly.

  • Length:8 Week
  • Effort:2 to 4 hours per week
  • Price: Free (Add a Verified Certificate for $49 USD)
  • Institution: Tsinghua University
  • Subject: communication
  • Level: Introductory
  • Language: English
  • Video Transcripts: English
  • Course Start Date: Self-Peace

What you’ll learn

Enhance your learning experience via weekly interactive small-group sessions with a live mentor. In this course you will learn:

  • Develop conversational English skills
  • Listen to dialogues and group discussions to better understand spoken English and cultural norms
  • Learn keywords and expressions
  • Engage in activities to help you better understand the meaning of conversations
  • Learn to initiate your own conversations in English on a variety of topics

This course selects 8 themes, with more than 50 teachers from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Colombia, China, and students of all ages, in the real scene, using the most authentic expression and the purest English, Take you to talk about all aspects of daily life and learning.

The course is divided into eight modules, each with a theme, which are:

  1. Introduction and exchange of personal information
  2. Our family and friends
  3. Diet and meals
  4. The purpose and method of English learning
  5. Holiday activities and unforgettable experiences
  6. Hobbies
  7. Emotional expression
  8. Stay healthy

Each topic consists of more than ten groups of dialogues and group discussions, foreign teachers’ introductions of Chinese and Western cultural differences, Chinese teachers’ key vocabulary, sentence pattern explanations, listening comprehension exercises, and oral tests.

Through study and practice, you will be able to talk freely with English-speaking friends and discuss any issues related to the topic. There are many ways to learn this course. English learners can continuously accumulate language materials during repeated listening and reading conversations, and conduct dialogue exercise with friends around you or with learners of the same course.

English teachers can use the appropriate topics in this course to organize students. I heard about training and organized efficient classrooms. Maybe you can’t understand the whole content of each conversation, just understand the general idea, as the course progresses, you will understand more and more content. Let us realize a leap in English listening and speaking.

Who Will Teach You?

  • Wenxia Zhang: Professor, Foreign Languages and Literatures at Tsinghua University
  • Fang Yang: Associate Professor, Foreign Languages and Literatures at Tsinghua University
  • Glenn M. Davis: Glenn M. Davis has been working in the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures at Tsinghua University since 2013, and currently teaches courses in oral communication, research paper writing, and foreign language acquisition.
  • Thomas H. Piachaud: Thomas H. Piachaud worked in the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures, Tsinghua University, over the course of three years.

Prerequisites: None

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Yenching Academy of Peking University Full Fellowship for International Students in China

Yenching Academy is offering a highly selective and fully funded global fellowship program for international students to leading to a master degree from Peking University in China for 2020 academic year.

The main object of the program is to build bridges between China and the rest of the world through an interdisciplinary master’s program in China Studies.

Studying at the Academy is an exceptional opportunity to take part in intercultural exchanges and interdisciplinary learning, developing both personally and professionally.

Provided By: Yenching Academy is an elite postgraduate college of Peking University. It was founded in 2014 and located in Beijing, China. It offers international students a fellowship to pursue a Master of Arts degree program in China Studies.

Key Details:

  • Award Amount: Full-Funded
  • Number of Awards: 125
  • Study Level: Master Degree
  • Requirement: English proficiency
  • Submission Categories: Online
  • Application Deadline: December 06, 2019 (12:00 noon Beijing time).

Who May Enter?

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • International students are encouraged to apply
  • Each Yenching Scholar selects one of six research areas in the field of China Studies and writes a thesis with guidance from a faculty advisor. Research areas are as follows: Economics and Management, History and Archaeology, Philosophy and Religion, Politics and International Relations, Law and Society, and Literature and Culture
  • Students outside of the Chinese mainland, including international students and students from Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, and Mainland Chinese students are eligible to apply
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in any field awarded no later than August 31, 2020
  • An outstanding academic record
  • Strong interest in the interdisciplinary study of China
  • A record of extracurricular achievement, community engagement, and social responsibility
  • Leadership potential
  • No person over the age of 28 has been admitted to the program. The average age of students entering the program is 23.
  • Applicants must have a minimum of Bachelor’s degree in any files of study

Application Procedure:

To participate, candidates may apply through Yenching Academy’s online application portal. Each applicant will create an account on the Yenching Academy admissions portal and submit.

Required Documents:

  • The following required materials must in English: Completed online application form; Personal statement (750 words or less); Curriculum Vitae; Official transcript(s); Diploma(s) or Certificate(s) of Enrollment; Two letters of recommendation; Submission of English scores: For IELTS, TOEFL, and Cambridge tests
  • English requirements and minimum scores: IELTS (Academic) -overall 7.0, TOEFL (iBT)- overall 100, Cambridge English Scale (Advanced)-overall 185, CEFR- C1 level, CET 6- overall 600, TEM 4- Pass level of “良好” or above

Program Requirements

All students are required to take the following four courses:

  1. The Topics in China Studies Lecture Series offers expert perspectives on a broad range of China-related issues.
  2. China in Transition is a team-taught course about China’s post-1978 development from the perspectives of the economy, society & culture, politics & law, and environment & health.
  3. The weeklong Field Study Trip to historical and cultural relics and modern industrial parks gives insights into the local development and changes from the aspects of history, architecture, religion, folklore, and contemporary economic development.
  4. Academic Writing course offers practical workshops to cultivate academic writing skills.
  • Students are free to select elective courses from any of the six research areas (see below). Choice of thesis topic and advisor will determine the type of degree awarded upon graduation.
  • The Chinese language course is compulsory for international scholars. Those with high Chinese proficiencies can apply to waive this course and take Chinese-taught courses offered at Peking University.
  • To fulfill the graduation requirements, students outside of the Chinese mainland, including international students and students from Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan, must receive at least 31 credits along with a passed Master’s thesis.
  • Mainland Chinese students are required to take the Political Theory Course and the English course (can be waived). To fulfill the graduation requirements, students must complete at least 34 credits along with a passed Master’s thesis.

Award Description:

The Yenching Academy provides full fellowships and also offers them a wide array of interdisciplinary courses on China within broadly defined fields of the humanities and social sciences.

Full Fellowships includes all these- the first academic year, which covers tuition, accommodation in the Yenching Academy House, a travel stipend for one round-trip journey between your base city and Beijing (the base city must be a city within the country of your nationality; cost of this round-trip will be estimated and calculated by YCA), basic medical insurance, a monthly stipend, and expenses related to research.

Students who maintained a good academic standing, and plan to stay in Beijing during their second academic year can apply for the second-year Yenching Fellowship. This will cover the tuition, accommodation in the Yenching Academy House, basic medical insurance, and a monthly stipend.

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200 Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarships in Australia

Newcastle University is pleased to offer 200 partial Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarships to assist international students to study an undergraduate degree or postgraduate master’s degree.

The scholarships are open is to attract high achieving participants from India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand or Vietnam for undertaking an undergraduate or postgraduate degree program at the university.

Provided By: Newcastle University is a public research university which has one of the largest EU research portfolios in the UK.

Key Details:

  • Award Amount: £1,500 – £5,000 tuition fee awards
  • Number of Awards: 200
  • Study level: Undergraduate or Master’s degree
  • Submission Categories: Online
  • Application Deadline: Ongoing

Who May Enter:

To be considered for awards applicants must:

  • be a national of one of the following countries: India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand or Vietnam.
    have been offered a place to study on an eligible undergraduate or Master’s degree course at the University’s Newcastle city center campus for the 2020/21 academic year
  • be assessed as international for fee purposes
  • successful applicants will be selected on merit. Further details on scholarship values and academic grades required can be found on the University country pages
  • The requirements are different according to the country, so candidates need to check the requirements based on their country.
  • Eligible candidates will be assessed as part of their academic application.
  • Further details, including a list of non-eligible courses, can be found in the VCIS Postgraduate Regulations (2020)

Application Procedure:

To participate, eligible candidates will automatically be considered for a Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship as part of their academic course application.

To be considered for this scholarship, the participants have to take admission in an undergraduate or postgraduate degree program at the university.

Start date and duration: September 2020 for the duration of your course.

Required Documents:

  • A proof of their academic qualification
  • curriculum vitae
  • language ability proof
  • a copy of the passport

Award Description:

  • Value of award: £1,500 – £5,000 tuition fee awards
  • Number of awards: 200 in total (undergraduate and postgraduate courses)

Official Website

Contact: scholarship.applications@ncl.ac.uk

Online Courses of Intermediate Grammar English

Teach English: Intermediate Grammar

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Adjectives and Adjective Clauses

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Learn English: Advanced Academic Speaking and Listening

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Tricky English Grammar

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Perfect Tenses and Modals

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Business English Communication Skills

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Academic Discussions in English

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Advanced Writing

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TESOL Certificate, Part 2: Teach English Now!

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English for Effective Business Writing

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English for Research Publication Purposes

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Business English: Networking

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Learn Spanish: Basic Spanish Vocabulary

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English for Effective Business Speaking

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Academic Listening and Note-Taking

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2000 International Mobility Awards at University of Melbourne in Australia

Want to study in Australia and searching scholarship to fund your study?

The University of Melbourne is providing approximately 2000 Melbourne Mobility Awards for students from all around the world. The programs are open to all Australian & international students who are undertaking the overseas study as part of their undergraduate or graduate coursework course at the university.

Established in 1853, the University of Melbourne is a public-spirited institution that makes distinctive contributions to society in research, learning and teaching and engagement. It’s consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, with international rankings of world universities placing it as number 1 in Australia and number 32 in the world

Key Details:

  • Award Amount: Up to $6,000
  • Number of Awards: 2000 scholarships available
  • Study level: Undergraduate and Graduate degree in all study areas
  • Submission Categories: Online
  • Application Deadline: December 31, 2019

Who May Enter?

To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • The candidate must be enrolled at the University of Melbourne in either an undergraduate degree or a graduate coursework degree.
  • The applicant intends to study overseas as part of a University of Melbourne Exchange or short term program or a University of Melbourne subject with an overseas component that will be credited towards your University of Melbourne degree.
  • Applicant must apply for a Melbourne Mobility Award before the commencement of the overseas study program.

Application Procedure:

To participate, participants must applicant must submit an online application form.

  • If applicants wish to apply for a scholarship on the basis of financial disadvantage, personal difficulties or disability or medical condition, they will be asked to provide supporting documents such as a Centre link statement or medical certificates as part of the online application.

Award Description:

The applicant will get the given following benefits. Some scholarships are awarded on academic merit and others to assist students who are experiencing disadvantaged circumstances.

The Melbourne Global Scholars Award and USA Foundation Scholarship provide a one-off payment of:

  1. $1,000 for students undertaking overseas study for up to 12 weeks, or
  2. $2,500 for students undertaking overseas study for 12 weeks or more

The Melbourne Global Financial Assistance Grant, John and Betty McCreery Travelling/ Study Scholarship and Lin Martin Melbourne Global Scholarship provide a one-off payment of up to $5,000.

The University House Travel Scholarship and Aitchison Travelling Scholarship provide a one-off payment of up to $5,000.

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Free Online Courses English@Work: Basic Job Interview Skills

Based on advice from accomplished professionals in the business, HR and academic field, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University has created a course that helps you build a solid foundation to succeed in job interviews and get that ultimate call.

This course will change the way you prepare for and perform in job interviews. This course will help you build a solid foundation to succeed in job interviews and get that ultimate call.

  • Length: 3 Week
  • Effort:  to 3 hours per week
  • Price: Free (Add a Verified Certificate for $50 USD)
  • Institution: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Language: English
  • Video Transcripts: English
  • Course Start Date: Self-Peace or Start on September 2, 2019

Course Deadlines: There is no weekly deadline for the assessment components. You just need to complete them before 11:29 p.m. UTC, Monday 2nd December 2019.

What you’ll learn

By the end of this course, Audit track learners will have learned how to:

  • achieve interview success in six steps
  • stand out from the crowd using four strategies
  • avoid common mistakes
  • highlight soft and hard skills using appropriate vocabulary and expressions
  • structure impressive answers using four steps
  • express opinions and delaying answers effectively

Learners on the Verified track will be able to:

  • identify effective and ineffective answers
  • access instructor feedback and comments
  • evaluate their own answers
  • watch full-length interview videos with industry professionals

Course Syllabus

General information:

  • This two-part job interviews course guides you on the path to success.
  • Based on interviews with industry professionals and experienced recruiters, Part 1 focuses on Basic Job Interview Skills and Part 2 focuses on Advanced Job Interview Skills.
  • The course will run self-paced and will end on the 2nd of December 2019.

Goals and outcomes:

  • This job interviews course is for both native and non-native speakers of English. Native speakers will learn from industry professionals and recruiters about how to effectively answer interview questions. Non-native speakers will also benefit from the English language input.
  • Once you have your professional knowledge and gained your experience, how you persuade others to believe that you are as good as you say you are in the challenge. Our instructors have had a 100% success rate in getting interviews and landing a job and we hope to share that experience with you. The course materials are designed based on our expertise as well as advice from accomplished professionals in the business, HR and academic field.
  • Taking this course will bring you closer to getting that job. There is no prerequisite requirement for this course. You just need to be interested in improving your job interview skills and helping your fellow students’ in their learning journey. In every section, the length of the teaching videos will not exceed 30 minutes. In addition, there are some simple online games, quizzes, and assignments. You are expected to spend about 2 hours in each section.
  • Keywords: job search, job seekers, common interview questions, researching the company, firm handshake, copies of your resume, body language, interview tips, preparing your answer, interview skills, arrive early, and eye contact

Learning objectives:

By the end of the course, you‘ll have learned how to:

  • Achieve interview success in six steps
  • Stand out from the crowd using four strategies
  • Avoid common mistakes
  • Structure impressive answers following four simple steps
  • Express opinions and delay answers appropriately

Who Will Teach You?

  • Jessica Xia: English Language Instructor, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Bee Dy: English Language Instructor, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Prerequisites: None

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Free Online Courses @ English@Work: Advanced Job Interview Skills

Once you have successfully grasped the foundation of interview success by completing English@Work: Basic Job Interview Skills course, how you persuade others to believe that you are as good as you say you are is now the challenge.

This job interviews course is for both native and non-native speakers of English. Native speakers will learn from industry professionals and recruiters about how to effectively answer interview questions. Non-native speakers will also benefit from the English language input.

  • Length: 3 Week
  • Effort: 1 to 3 hours per week
  • Price: Free (Add a Verified Certificate for $50 USD)
  • Institution: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Language: English
  • Video Transcripts: English
  • Course Start Date: Self-Peace or Start on September 2, 2019

What you’ll learn

By the end of this course, Audit track learners will have learned how to:

  • prepare precise and persuasive answers to challenging questions
  • use verbal and non-verbal skills to impress the interviewers
  • perform professionally during and after interviews

Learners on the Verified track will be able to:

  • identify effective and ineffective answers
  • access instructor feedback and comments
  • evaluate their own answers
  • watch full-length interview videos with industry professionals

Course Syllabus

General information:

  • This two-part job interviews course guides you on the path to success.
  • Based on interviews with industry professionals and experienced recruiters, Part 1 focuses on Basic Job Interview Skills and Part 2 focuses on Advanced Job Interview Skills.
  • The course will run self-paced and will end on the 2nd of December 2019.

Goals and outcomes:

  • Once you have your professional knowledge and gained your experience, how you persuade others to believe that you are as good as you say you are is the challenge. Our instructors have had a 100% success rate in getting interviews and landing a job and we hope to share that experience with you. The course materials are designed based on our expertise as well as advice from accomplished professionals in the business, HR and academic field. Taking this course will bring you closer to getting that job.
  • The recommended course to take before this course is English@Work: Basic Job Interview Skills.
  • Keywords: job interview questions, practice your answers, extra copies, firm handshake, researching the company, good fit, interview tips, maintain eye contact, pay attention, minutes early, and answer questions
  • English@Work: Advanced Job Interview Skills focuses not only on improving your job interview skills but hanhandling challenging interview questions more effectively. In every section, the length of the teaching videos will not exceed 30 minutes. In addition, there are some simple online games, quizzes, and assignments. You are expected to spend about 2 hours in each section.

Learning objectives: By the end of the course, you‘ll have learned how to:

  • Give impressive answers
  • Use non-verbal communication skills, intonation and word stress effectively to
  • persuade and engage the interviewers
  • Handle challenging questions
  • Ask appropriate questions
  • Act professionally after interviews

Who Will Teach You?

  • Jessica Xia: English Language Instructor, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Bee Dy: English Language Instructor, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Prerequisites: None

Course Deadlines: There is no weekly deadline for the assessment components. You just need to complete them before 11:29 p.m. UTC, Monday 2nd December, 2019.

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Free Online Courses Sign Language Structure, Learning, and Change

What myths and truths about sign languages have been revealed through research? Whether you are fluent in sign language or simply interested in learning more, join us on a journey through the history and evolution of American Sign Language!

This course is a four-week self-paced course. Lecture videos are delivered in ASL with English subtitles and voiceover. The course will introduce all of these students to the science of sign language research and, for fluent ASL signers, the history and structure of their own language. It will also expose students at the intermediate level to the fields of linguistics and the cognitive sciences.

  • Length: 4 Week
  • Effort: 5 to 6 hours per week
  • Price: Free (Add a Verified Certificate for $49 USD)
  • Institution: Georgetown University
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Language: English
  • Video Transcripts: English
  • Course Start Date: Self-Peace

What you’ll learn

  • Historical origins in a natural gesture for the emergence of ASL grammar
  • Degree and types of structural variation within ASL, considering the possible influences from its contacts with other signed and spoken languages
  • Role of visual analogy in learning ASL, considering the possible linguistic universals for signed languages
  • Ways in which language-specific variation and historical change for signed languages may compare and contrast to those for spoken languages
  • Visual, motoric, and cognitive constraints which may give rise to these phenomena

This course aims to integrate the history of ideas about American Sign Language (ASL) with research that has been done on the structure, learning, and historical change of ASL and other sign languages.

  • The structure is crucial to languages. There are several layers of grammatical structure in all languages. We will learn about these and examine how sign languages are structured.
  • Learning is how children and adults acquire the ability to understand and use a sign language.
  • Change takes place over time in all languages. Recent research on historical change in ASL and other sign languages has begun to reveal how sign languages come into existence and how they change as they are used over generations among deaf and hearing users. We will look at historical change in depth, especially the historical heritage of ASL.

Course Syllabus

Module 1

  • Fundamental issues for language status
  • Emergence and evolution of sign language
  • History of American Sign Language
  • Variation and change within ASL
  • Lexical representation and annotation
  • Cognitive processing
  • From transparent to opaque morphology
  • Literary innovation constrained by grammar
  • Framework for Sign Language Structure, Learning and Change

Module 2

  • Sign features and syntactic packaging
  • Co-articulation and timing of suprasegmentals
  • Interaction of syntax and prosody
  • The spatial architecture for linguistic scaffolding
  • Reference frame and spatial verb typology
  • Core lexemes and frozen derivatives
  • Layering of lexical representation and articulatory operations
  • Linear template and syntactic agreement slots
  • Optimizing loan words for syntactic agreement
  • Split between inflectional space and lexicon

Module 3

  • Biological and environmental factors for language acquisition and evolution
  • Challenge of designing a visual language based on English morphology
  • Potential impact of visual analogy on grammar
  • Morphological typology and complexity
  • The neurobiology of sign language processing
  • Reframing ASL as a classifier predicate language
  • Acquisition of ASL morphology
  • Best-fit architecture and cognitive scaffolding
  • Factors affecting homogenous use of sign language
  • Natural experiment for language evolution

Module 4

  • Sign language archaeology
  • Emergence of grammar
  • Gestural discourse dynamics and collective memory
  • Historical sociolinguistics
  • History of polyglottism and diglossia in Deaf community
  • Reconstructing early ASL grammar
  • From syntax to bound morphology
  • Development of bound morphology
  • The current state of sign language structure, learning and change

Who Will Teach You?

Ted Supalla: Professor of Neurology, Linguistics, and Psychology, Georgetown University

Prerequisites: None

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