I teach English as a foreign language in France.
This blog is to help me sort out what I have learned in the MOOCs that I take. I started with the EDC MOOC which was to help me with my job. I enjoyed it so much that I have started a few more. As my past University and professional qualifications were all based in logic and numbers I decided to take courses that don’t involve these at all (for now).
The notes on here are not all my own work and ideas as I watch the MOOC lectures and read around the subjects from all sorts of sources.
These are not my texts but those of the lecturer of the particular MOOC. Using the course text file I reformat it, take out repetitions or ‘erms’ and add pictures where I can. If there are any strange terms I link them to some kind of explanation. Then I re-read whilst listening to the videos correcting all word recognition software errors, such as ‘weird guard’ to rear guard’. For ease of translation I sometimes shorten sentences or alter sentence structure.
Why do I do this? Firstly; writing helps me to absorb the course more fully. Secondly; I hope that the translation facility on my blog will help those whose English is a second language. Google translation is not the best but it is getting better. On other courses some hard of hearing people found the notes useful also. Finally; I use these notes to draw attention to my charities that are found at the bottom of my transcripts.