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ENG 099 Conversational American English MOOC


America's beautiful capital Washington is the star and the City by the Lake, Chicago, is where this course is based.

10 free English lectures in 12 days on Conversational American English from December 10th to 21st, 2012 for English as a second or foreign language (EFL/ESL/ELL) students.

This is the first (Alpha/Pilot) offering of a massive open online course, or MOOC:

A massive open online course (MOOC) is a type of online course aimed at large-scale participation and open access via the web. MOOCs are a recent development in the area of distance education, and a progression of the kind of open education ideals suggested by open educational resources. via Wikipedia[1]

designed as a crash course for students interested in conversational American English from Mr. Danoff’s Teaching Laboratory taught by Owner Charles Jeffrey Danoff.

Given it is only 10 lectures long, this is not a comprehensive course, it is designed to give students a quick overview of conversational American English and the tools to study further on their own. Each lecture will be followed by a homework assignment.

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Each lecture will have is open to all English Levels:

  • beginning,
  • intermediate and
  • advanced.

Each lecture will be 25 to 60 minutes depending on how many students attend!

Students who complete all 10 homework assignments can pay to take the 50 question final exam and receive a PDF certificate of completion as well as a LinkedIn Recommendation from the instructor.

Course Tools


There are 4 ways to get involved with this course in between December 10th and 21st, 2012.

  1. Choose how you want to join the course:
    1. Your own blog [read the Syllabus for instructions]: start a new one, or  (preferred)
    2. P2PU: join the official study group
    3. Wikiversity: add content to the course wiki page
    4. Facebook: Like Mr. Danoff’s Teaching Lab and post assignments
  2. Register for the course here, indicating how you’re joining and your e-mail address
  3. Join the 10 lectures (see the schedule) and/or watch the recordings
  4. Complete all 10 assignments
  5. E-mail Mr. Danoff all 10 URLs by 23:59 USA CT on December 24th the URLs to your completed, published assignments. After approval, you will receive your official ENG 099 MOOC December 2012 Badge and PDF Certificate of Completion!
Optionally, for $25 (USA) or $35 (International) you can have a print copy of your certificate mailed, plus a LinkedIn recommendation from Mr. Danoff.

How to Participate After Registering

After you have successfully registered, Mr. Danoff will e-mail you a username and password for this website. For each assignment, you are required to post the URL to your answers published elsewhere online.

AFTER DEC. 21ST 2012

This course is being built and designed in a way that should make it easy to translate as a useful self-study resource for independent learners afterwards and/or teachers to use as a model for their own online course, essentially good OCW.


  1.  Wikipedia contributors, “Massive open online course,” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (accessed December 6, 2012).
Update (10 Dec 2012) Added “HOW TO PARTICIPATE AFTER REGISTERING” section.

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