Hands holding newspaper at newsstand (© AP Images)
(© AP Images)

If you’re an aspiring journalist — or a blogger who’s ready to take writing to the next level — here’s a chance to learn the essentials of print and digital journalism and improve your English.

You can take an online course called English for Journalism that will improve your English-language skills in the reading, drafting, editing and proofreading of today’s journalism. (Writing in English can extend the reach of your stories to the nearly 2 billion English-language readers in the world.)

The course, developed by the U.S. Department of State and the University of Pennsylvania, will teach you how to take notes, use sources and accurately quote people.

English for Journalism is available through Coursera, a platform that joins leading universities worldwide to offer massive open online courses (MOOCs). English for Journalism starts August 15. Anyone can take the course and get a “statement of accomplishment” from the University of Pennsylvania upon completion. You can register now.

Other English-learning resources

ShareAmerica offers a series of everyday conversations that include audio clips to help you practice English. The American English website offers a variety of free resources for learners and teachers of English. The American English Facebook page posts learning materials for English-language learners daily.