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Specialization
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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Hours to complete

Approx. 16 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 1-3 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Arabic...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Course Introduction

This is the second course in the Academic English: Writing specialization. In the last course, you reviewed sentence types and punctuation. You'll use that information in this course to make your writing great. In this course, you'll learn all about academic essay writing and, specifically, how to write three types of essays: compare/contrast, cause/effect, and argument. To pass this course, you need to pass all four quizzes and pass all three writing assignments. When you finish one activity, you can continue to the next one. Enjoy!...
Reading
2 videos (Total 3 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video2 videos
Academic Integrity Video Lecture2m
Reading2 readings
Pre-Course Survey10m
Message about Opinions10m
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

Essay Writing

In this module, you'll start learning about essay structure and some other important tools for good writing. There's a lot of information in this module, but it's all necessary for writing well. Make sure you take notes so you will remember these tools when you write your essays. Note to learners: this course is designed for learners of English with intermediate English writing skills. The sample essays in this course are aimed at that level. However, the principles discussed in the lessons are practical for writers of any level. If you're at a lower level, do the best you can. If you are a more advanced writer, feel free to write more developed and complex essays than the ones in the examples. Just make sure you follow the structures introduced....
Reading
6 videos (Total 51 min), 8 readings, 3 quizzes
Video6 videos
Introduction Paragraphs Video Lecture12m
Body Paragraphs Video Lecture9m
Paragraph Basics Video Lecture10m
Conclusion Paragraphs Video Lecture3m
The Writing Process Video Lecture4m
Reading8 readings
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
Thesis Statement Practice10m
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
Topic Sentences Practice10m
Learning Objectives10m
Sample Essay10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Essay Writing Practice Quiz8m
Essay Writing24m
Week
2
Hours to complete
6 hours to complete

Writing Compare/Contrast Essays

Now, you're ready to write your first type of academic essay--the compare/contrast essay. In this module, you'll learn what this type of essay is and how to structure it. Then, you'll look at some examples and practice writing your own compare/contrast essay. Remember the sample essays in the lesson are typical for an intermediate-level student. Write a compare/contrast essay that fits your own writing ability. Good luck!...
Reading
3 videos (Total 12 min), 6 readings, 4 quizzes
Video3 videos
Compare/Contrast Essay Video Lecture6m
Teacher Discusses a Compare/Contrast Essay5m
Reading6 readings
Learning Objectives10m
Compare/Contrast Practice10m
Compare/Contrast Writing Assignment10m
Sample Compare/Contrast Essay10m
Links to Other Resources10m
Quiz Instructions10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Compare/Contrast Essays Practice Quiz6m
Writing Compare/Contrast Essays20m
Week
3
Hours to complete
6 hours to complete

Writing Cause/Effect Essays

Now, you'll learn about writing the cause/effect essay. This is another type of academic essay that you might be asked to write in your college classes. For this type of essay you'll think about reasons why something happens or the effects of something. The sample essays in this module are also representative of an intermediate-level writer. Write a cause/effect essay appropriate for your own English level. Just remember to follow the advice given in the lessons....
Reading
3 videos (Total 12 min), 6 readings, 4 quizzes
Video3 videos
Cause/Effect Video Lecture6m
Teacher Discusses a Cause/Effect Essay5m
Reading6 readings
Learning Objectives10m
Cause/Effect Practice10m
Cause/Effect Writing Assignment10m
Sample Cause/Effect Essay10m
Links to Other Resources10m
Quiz Instructions10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Cause/Effect Essays Practice Quiz4m
Writing Cause/Effect Essays20m
Week
4
Hours to complete
6 hours to complete

Writing Argument Essays

In this last module, you'll learn how to write the most common type of college essay. The argument essay is probably the most fun essay to write too. In this one, you will try to convince your reader to believe your argument or position on some controversial topic. You have to think of good reasons to support your position. Remember to write an argument essay that is to the best of your own abilities. ...
Reading
3 videos (Total 13 min), 8 readings, 4 quizzes
Video3 videos
Argument Essays Video Lecture8m
Teacher Discusses an Argument Essay4m
Reading8 readings
Learning Objectives10m
Debatable vs Non-Debatable Practice10m
Argument Practice10m
Argument Writing Assignment10m
Sample Argument Essay10m
Links to Other Resources10m
Quiz Instructions10m
Learn More10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Argument Essay Practice Quiz6m
Argument Essays20m
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Top Reviews

By BNov 17th 2015

Thank you for teaching me how to write basic essays. This has been one of my most important goals for years. I've tried several other ways of learning but your method worked for me. Thank you so much.

By EBDec 5th 2015

I am only on the second week an have done my essay and feel very powerful. English is not my first language but the instructor made it easy for me by detailing every aspect of essay writing. Thank you

Instructors

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Tamy Chapman

Instructor, International Programs
University of California Irvine Division of Continuing Education
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Helen Nam

Instructor
International Programs, UCI Extension

About University of California, Irvine

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About the Academic English: Writing Specialization

The skills taught in this Specialization will empower you to succeed in any college-level course or professional field. You’ll learn to conduct rigorous academic research and to express your ideas clearly in an academic format. In the final Capstone Project, all the knowledge that you’ve gained over the span of these courses will culminate into an academic research paper on an issue of your choice....
Academic English: Writing

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