This book is suitable for both native and non-native speakers of English, and is applicable to MOOC classes on any subject (and indeed, for just about any type of online study).
Maggie Sokolik, Ph.D. was born in Olympia, Washington. She is a writer/editor living in the Bay Area. She graduated from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and received a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from UCLA. She teaches writing at UC Berkeley. She is also the instructor for a popular online course, Principles of Written English, offered through edx.org. This class is offered for English language learners and writers around the world, and has attracted tens of thousands of students. Her book Principles of Written English are companion textbooks for the course.
Dorothy Zemach is an author, editor, teacher, and teacher trainer in the field of English Language Teaching (ELT). She taught English, French, and Japanese for over 18 years in Asia, Africa, and the US and holds an MA in TESL from the School for International Training in Vermont. Now she concentrates on writing and editing English language teaching materials and textbooks and conducting teacher training workshops. Her areas of specialty and interest include teaching writing, teaching reading, business English, academic English, testing, and humor. She is a frequent plenary speaker at international conferences, and a regular blogger for Teacher Talk at Azar Grammar.
If you would like to purchase this workbook and are not taking the course, you may still find use for the materials. However, it should be noted that the course is offered free of charge, so you are welcome to join the live course (or work through the archived course at your own pace at any time). Information on how to do so and the website address are noted in the workbook's introduction.
***Note that this second edition has been revised to match the course update from November 2016.
The Fifty Ways to Teach series gives you a variety of drills, games, techniques, methods, and ideas to help your students master English. Most of the ideas can be used for both beginning and advanced classes. Many require little to no preparation or special materials. The ideas can be used with any textbook, or without a textbook at all. These short, practical guides aim to make your teaching life easier, and your students’ lives more rewarding and successful.