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Course Description

Communication is vital in today's society. It is not enough to merely be able to speak and understand spoken English. In the United States, writing English is often a necessary skill in many job industries and fields. In order to develop practical writing skills, one must understand the basics of English grammar and sentence structure. Learning essential vocabulary and continually expanding knowledge is one of the best ways to succeed, both in personal and professional lives.


Learning how to write English may be difficult for many individuals, and takes much practice and patience. ESL students as well as native English speakers who wish to improve their writing skills need to have a basic understanding of grammar structure, tense usage, vocabulary, and how to commit thought processes and ideas onto paper.


This ESL basic writing course will help you improve your writing skills through lesson plans and samples that explain many grammatical style rules and functions in easy-to-understand examples and usage.


This course will also help students learn to write natural and clear sentences, as well as composing personal and business letters to help increase job skills and communication. Increasing proficiency in clarity not only in the spoken but written language is an important part of the basic human necessity known as communication.


In order to write well, students must practice concepts that involve grammatical structure, voice, style, and vocabulary usage. This course will carefully guide you through the basic structures and rules of the English-language and focus on improving skills that are necessary in order to write clearly and accurately.

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to ESL Basic Writing
  • Lesson 2: Beginning to Write
  • Lesson 3: Increasing Reading Comprehension
  • Lesson 4: Increasing Your Vocabulary Power
  • Lesson 5: Basic Sentence Structure
  • Lesson 6: Mastering Subject-Verb Agreement
  • Lesson 7: Bonding Basics
  • Lesson 8: Writing For Clarity
  • Lesson 9: Writing Effectively
  • Lesson 10: Writing Personal and Business Letters
  • Lesson 11: Organizing Your Thoughts

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with one or two assignments. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Prepare thoughts before writing.
  • Demonstrate reading comprehension.
  • Demonstrate methods for increasing vocabulary.
  • Define basic sentence structure.
  • Master subject-verb agreement.
  • Demonstrate writing with clarity.
  • Compare and contract effective writing techniques.
  • Demonstrate writing personal and business letters.
  • Describe methods for organizing thoughts, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction1
Lesson 1 Assignment: Understanding the Importance20
Lesson 1 Exam15
Lesson 2 Assignment: Understanding Tense20
Lesson 2 Exam13
Lesson 3 Assignment: Comprehension Practice20
Lesson 3 Exam12
Lesson 4 Assignment: Increasing Vocabulary10
Lesson 4 Exam14
Lesson 5 Assignment: Sentence Practice15
Lesson 5 Exam15
Lesson 6 Assignment: Subject-Verb Practice15
Lesson 6 Exam14
Lesson 7 Assignment: Bonding Practice15
Lesson 7 Exam13
Lesson 8 Assignment: Clarity Practice15
Lesson 8 Exam15
Lesson 9 Assignment: Writing Effectively20
Lesson 9 Exam15
Lesson 10 Assignment: Letter Practice25
Lesson 10 Exam15
Lesson 11 Assignment: Organization and Beyond25
Final Assignment25
Lesson 11 Exam14
The Final Exam20
Total Points:401

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