Full course description

Course Date:

May 1 - May 29, 2017


4 weeks


4 hrs/week



Course Type:



Badge, Certificate


In this course, you will develop English language skills by reading and writing personal stories. You will learn to write sentences more accurately, choose the right vocabulary, and organize ideas more clearly to tell a story that others enjoy reading. You will meet and work with other English language learners from around the world while improving your English for academic or professional purposes.


As a course participant, you will:

  • Read and discuss short stories.
  • Increase your vocabulary.
  • Improve accuracy in sentence structure and past tense use.
  • Write and revise a story.
  • Give and receive feedback on stories.
  • Optionally explore and report on independent study links, activities, and resources.

Target Audience: Young adults (ages 17-25) who speak English at a high beginning or low intermediate level.

Course is offered by the University of Oregon.

Course Instructors

Andy Halvorsenn

Andy Halvorsen


Dr. Andy Halvorsen is an instructor at the American English Institute at the University of Oregon where he primarily trains pre-service and in-service language teachers in both face-to-face and online courses.

He has a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with a focus on bilingualism and biliteracy development and a research specialization in program evaluation. Andy has been involved in ESL/EFL instruction, teacher training, and curriculum development for over 15 years, and he has worked and taught in the U.S., China, Japan, Thailand and Albania. Andy has given numerous conference presentations around the world, and he has authored a range of peer reviewed articles and book chapters.