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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 skill-building usage.


This course will also help students learn to write natural and clear sentences, as well as help in composing personal and business letters to better increase job skills and communication. In today's modern world, increasing proficiency and clarity of the written language is fundamental in all human communication.


In order to write well, you 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.
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Lesson 1. Introduction to ESL Basic Writing

Learning to create and write Basic English is a requirement for many job skills and careers. Nearly every job industry in the United States requires some English speaking and writing skills. 36 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review Article: Pronunciation website
  • Take Poll: Skill Focus
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment: Understanding the Importance
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2. Beginning to Write

This lesson covers the basics of English grammar that will help to increase reading comprehension and writing ability. 33 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review Article: RHL School
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment: Understanding Tense
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3. Increasing Reading Comprehension

Reading comprehension enables a person who is learning a language or one who wishes to improve their language skills, to gain more from reading in a variety of subject matters. 32 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: About.com; ESL Quiz
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment: Comprehension Practice
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4. Increasing Your Vocabulary Power

Increasing vocabulary power is an excellent way to increase not only reading comprehension but also to increase writing capabilities and understanding. 24 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review Article: Merriam-Webster
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment: Increasing Vocabulary
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5. Basic Sentence Structure

While there are many different ways a sentence may be constructed, this lesson will focus on the basics. This will help students learning English or native English speakers to improve their writing capabilities to produce cohesive thoughts on paper. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Game Aquarium; HarCourtSchool; Quia
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment: Sentence Practice
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6. Mastering Subject-Verb Agreement

This lesson will help to show students of English as well as native English speakers the importance of mastering subject-verb agreement to enhance speaking as well as writing English. 29 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review Article: BBC
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment: Subject-Verb Practice
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7. Bonding Basics

Conjunctions link words, phrases, sentences made up of both dependent and independent clauses. There are several different kinds of conjunctions, all of which will be explained and explored in this lesson. 28 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review Article: UOregon
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment: Bonding Practice
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8. Writing For Clarity

Sometimes, it takes more than an understanding of subjects, nouns, and verbs to create clear and consistent writing. This lesson will help to illustrate common problem areas when it comes to writing and putting thought processes down on paper. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review Article: DocStoc.com
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment: Clarity Practice
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9. Writing Effectively

Students of English must learn how to put their thoughts on paper and to develop concepts and ideas while at the same time observing basic structure and grammar guidelines. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review Article: MindTools
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment: Writing Effectively
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10. Writing Personal and Business Letters

Understanding the difference between a personal and business letter and how to create each of them is the focus of this lesson. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: University of Wisconsin; WritingHelp
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment: Letter Practice
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11. Organizing Your Thoughts

No matter what type of document you want to write, one of the most important writing necessities is to organize your thoughts. This lesson will explore various elements of style, as well as the importance of keeping any written content fresh and up-to-dat 84 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review 4 Articles: a4esl.com; English-Test.net; ESL Forum; Tripod
  • Take Poll: Final Course Poll - Your Opinion
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment: Organization and Beyond
  • Complete: Final Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exam
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Course Title: ESL Basic Writing Skills
Course Number: 7550408
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: General Education
CEU Value: 1.1 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Daphnee St.Val
Syllabus: View Syllabus
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Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $75.00

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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.

Student Testimonials

  • "The instructor was great and very helpful. I found the whole course very helpful." -- Cecilia T.
  • "The instructor has a positive attitude which encouraged you to continue the course." -- Rose R.
  • "The instructor I had was wonderful. I have found all the lessons very helpful. The part of the course that was the most helpful to me is lesson 8. Lesson 8 helped me write for clarity and helped me to master subject and verb agreement." -- Shauna B.
  • "The availability of the instructor and the quality of the instructional content was most helpful to me." -- Reese L.
  • "I was pleased to take this course with easy to do lessons. I plan to take another course next month." -- Annette G.

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