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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 activities organized by English Level:

  • 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

Between December 10th and 21st, 2012

There are 3 ways to get involved with this course in between December 10th and 21st, 2012.

  1. Blog (preferred): Post on your existing blog or create your own just for this course.
  2. P2PU Study Group
  3. Wikiversity Course Wiki

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.



Lecture Day Date Time Lesson Plan Assignment Class Recap
All dates are in 2012 and times are USA Central Standard Time (CST).
1 Monday 10 Dec. 19:00 Greetings Create your blog and write an introductory post
2 Tuesday 11 Dec. 19:00 Formal Telephone English
3 Wednesday 12 Dec. 06:00 Informal Telephone English
4 Thursday 13 Dec. 19:00 Restaurant Menus
5 Friday 14 Dec. 06:00 Government Forms
6 Monday 17 Dec. 19:00 Reading American Fiction
7 Tuesday 18 Dec. 19:00 Writing American English
8 Wednesday 19 Dec. 06:00 The Job Interview (Part 1 of 2)
9 Thursday 20 Dec. 19:00 The Job Interview (Part 2 of 2)
10 Friday 21 Dec. 06:00 Review


  1. Wikipedia contributors, “Massive open online course,” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (accessed December 6, 2012).
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