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About the Course

Course 2: Getting Started with Essay Writing This is the second course in the Academic English: Writing specialization. By introducing you to three types of academic essays, this course will especially help prepare you for work in college classes, but anyone who wants to improve his or her writing skills can benefit from this course. After completing this course, you will be able to: - create effective thesis statements for your essays - plan and write compare/contrast, cause/effect, and argument essays - write well-developed body paragraphs Note: The lectures and practice activities are available for free, but you must upgrade to the pay version in order to take the quizzes and get feedback on writing assignments....

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Feb 10, 2016

I always loved writing. What I didn't know, however, was that writing had some scientific structures that could make it very interesting. Take this course and know why. I took and was very successful.


Oct 26, 2021

It is actually quite a simple course, easy to attend as it does not require a long time each week. However it did improve my writing skills, I'm considering to attend the next advanced writing course.

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By Anish K S

Sep 8, 2021

It was an awesome journey. I could learn a lot from from this module. Thanks to coursera team for such an organized classes. It caters to the need of the students.

By Neer

Nov 18, 2016

Best teaching approach and superb explanation of all the course material. Each and every week is so well designed that I learned a lot of things in flow.

Thank You.

By Naviasil L M T

Sep 28, 2020

It was really helpful, I really appreciate for all the suport material and also examples that could improve my writing skills. I definitely recommend this course.

By Faruk M

Jan 19, 2016

"Tamy Chapman" you are the best teacher ever I've seen before. Your teaching and your course are very understandable and simple. Thanks a lot for all this stuff.

By Wahed A

Jun 21, 2017

This course is an essential step for anyone who needs to start writing essays. Now, I have a great confedance to write about any subject. I highly recommend it.

By Edith M

Feb 29, 2016

It was a tough course! I loved the way the teacher explained everything so clearly with good examples. My writing skills had improved tremendously!

Thank you!

By Nancy I

Jun 8, 2022

It was an amazing course, with detailed and well explained videos. I enjioyed evevery bit of it and learnt more than I thought I would.

Thank you Coursera!

By Kapil M

Nov 5, 2019

This course helped me start writing essays. Though it could be better if it had more practice prompts and some feedback given by the educator on our writing.

By Mubashar R

Mar 26, 2016

This course is excellent. I learned English in school but forget it over time. I found this course an excellent source to revise my English writing skills.


May 16, 2020

Excellent and interactive course which helps us to improve our English Essay writing skills a lot. Thank you for everyone's feedback. It was very helpful.

By Leticia M

Jul 12, 2022

Getting Started with Essay Writing is an excellent course and easy to follow. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to improve their writing skills.

By Nikolaeva M A

Oct 11, 2020

For the first time, I found out that there are different kinds of essays. Moreover, I had an opportunity to write all of them and got efficient feedback.

By Muhammad A F

Jun 5, 2022

The course is good for beginners, one can learn basic types of essays, and how to develop your essay. Writing paragraphs is also covered in the course.

By Teju A

Jul 25, 2020

this is so helpful education, especially for English learner students. I am so glad because I took this subject. I recommend others to take this class.

By Carlos D

Nov 11, 2017

The skills that you learn in this course have immediate application in real life either in a business or personal environment, this is a great course.

By Noman A

Jul 29, 2020

I have found this course very helpful for writing improved Essays. Now, it is easy for me to understand the structure of the various types of essays.

By Ameer A

Sep 28, 2020

A very helpful course if someone is trying to learn how to write a perfect essay. It clears all your doubts and problems related to essay writing.

By Rupok C

Jul 21, 2020

Great way to explain how different categories of essays should be constructed. Before the course, I did not know about contrast and compare essays.

By Сейсен Ұлжан Оразтайқызы 

Dec 25, 2020

Hello! Thank you for a great course! Have I finished the course, but why is my certificate not in English and how can I get it in English exactly?

By Oludara S

Aug 10, 2022

An interesting inlook into the English grammar, with clear and concise delivery. A recommendation for all persons looking to learn the language.

By Christian A M R

Aug 3, 2017

A very well-organized course. Good for anyone who wants to start writing essays or is about to enroll college at a English language institution.

By Shimaa A M H

Jul 12, 2020

This course ensure me : there is a great writer inside you.

I discover my self as a writer

This course give me a chance to discover this skills.

By Muhammad K

Feb 23, 2017

This is very comprehensive course for learning about styles of different essays in just four weeks. Videos are short and yet cover all aspects.

By Daniel R U

Aug 31, 2020

The content is great. But I think the peer-grading could be better, as it is too superficial (it only takes formatting criteria into aaccount)

By Husanov S

Aug 10, 2020

Very good online education. Thank you to administration and teachers very much . From this time I try to learn the other things from Coursera!