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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....

Top reviews


Dec 4, 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


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 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!

By Osvaldo E P

Aug 6, 2018

This is a very useful course. Helped me to reinforce my previous knowledge and gave me practica cues on how to tackel the essay writting task.

By Mary E

Mar 6, 2021

This is a wonderful course. I have been able to improve my writing skills. I can write my essay perfectly without error. Thank you Coursera

By Jennyflor G M

Nov 27, 2020

Every lecture videos and the short quizzes in there are very helpful. I would really recommend this course especially to students like me.

By Rose A C M

Jun 7, 2020

This course is helpful as it makes writing essay easier. I learned how to make an outline before writing ;thus, it made my essay organize.

By Laptsun D

May 28, 2020

I learned how to write essays, form thoughts and ideas. Learned about new phrases to write. This course gave me a lot of new knowledge.

By Hoàng N Q C

Apr 1, 2020

The course is really helpful for me. It helps me to know difference kinds of essays and have an overview how to deal with each of them.

By Gnanasambandapillai V

Nov 1, 2015

Although I studied only week1, I would like to give feedback because students who are not good at writing should not miss this course.

By Megha N

May 13, 2020

This course is excellent. I highly recommend everyone irrespective of their background in academic writing to do it. Thank You, Team!


Sep 23, 2020

I am very thankful for Coursera first for offering this course. I have earned many so, much of experience and new thoughts thank you

By Natasha Y T

Oct 2, 2016

The professor is very good at guiding students through essay writing. I am looking forward to taking more courses introduced by her.

By Anicht

Nov 22, 2015

It's a big challenge for me to write an essay each week. But I'm really happy to attend this course since I learn a lot from it :)

By Jamshaid C

May 5, 2020

I really love essay writing. many tiny yet complex concepts were made easy by Ms. Tamy Chapman. her teaching style is motivating.

By Pratheek D

Feb 23, 2019

For a beginner to get an understanding on how to model your essay. The course delves into different ways on how to write an essay

By Angelica M R

Jan 10, 2016

Very well explained. I learnt a lot form the teacher. The assignments are easy and very productive. They provide good material.

By Francisco A O A

Aug 3, 2017

The best course on essay writing I have taken in my life. In fact, it is the only one! It will help me achieve my objectives.

By Toni B

Jan 17, 2023

Perfect, but I would propose to back the course with more exercises and to offer templates by the end of each type of Essay.

By omar m f

Apr 10, 2017

Recommended for anyone who want to learn more about the language skills especially in writing

well it's comprehensive course.