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Subtitles: English, Spanish, Arabic
Learners taking this Course are
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  • Writers
  • Pharmacists
  • Dentists
  • Technical Writers

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Approx. 15 hours to complete

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

English

Subtitles: English, Spanish, Arabic

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

Course Introduction

2 videos (Total 3 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
2 videos
Academic Integrity Video Lecture2m
2 readings
Pre-Course Survey10m
Message about Opinions10m
Week
2
5 hours to complete

Essay Writing

6 videos (Total 51 min), 8 readings, 3 quizzes
6 videos
Introduction Paragraphs Video Lecture12m
Body Paragraphs Video Lecture9m
Paragraph Basics Video Lecture10m
Conclusion Paragraphs Video Lecture3m
The Writing Process Video Lecture4m
8 readings
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
Thesis Statement Practice10m
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
Topic Sentences Practice10m
Learning Objectives10m
Sample Essay10m
2 practice exercises
Essay Writing Practice Quiz8m
Essay Writing24m
Week
3
6 hours to complete

Writing Compare/Contrast Essays

3 videos (Total 12 min), 6 readings, 4 quizzes
3 videos
Compare/Contrast Essay Video Lecture6m
Teacher Discusses a Compare/Contrast Essay5m
6 readings
Learning Objectives10m
Compare/Contrast Practice10m
Compare/Contrast Writing Assignment10m
Sample Compare/Contrast Essay10m
Links to Other Resources10m
Quiz Instructions10m
2 practice exercises
Compare/Contrast Essays Practice Quiz6m
Writing Compare/Contrast Essays20m
Week
4
6 hours to complete

Writing Cause/Effect Essays

3 videos (Total 12 min), 7 readings, 4 quizzes
3 videos
Cause/Effect Video Lecture6m
Teacher Discusses a Cause/Effect Essay5m
7 readings
Learning Objectives10m
Cause/Effect Practice10m
Cause/Effect Writing Assignment10m
Sample Cause/Effect Essay10m
Links to Other Resources10m
Quiz Instructions10m
Learn More!10m
2 practice exercises
Cause/Effect Essays Practice Quiz4m
Writing Cause/Effect Essays20m
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Top reviews from Getting Started with Essay Writing

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

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.

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

Since 1965, the University of California, Irvine has combined the strengths of a major research university with the bounty of an incomparable Southern California location. UCI’s unyielding commitment to rigorous academics, cutting-edge research, and leadership and character development makes the campus a driving force for innovation and discovery that serves our local, national and global communities in many ways....

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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