Online Class: ESL Basic Writing Skills

This course builds writing skills and will 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.

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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 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. 

Course Motivation

Many people consider Basic English grammar and writing boring and unnecessary. Sometimes, it can be boring. However, we certainly hope that such is not the case with this English as a second language basic writing course. We will do our best not to bore you, but rather to educate you in the necessity and importance of properly constructed English sentences. In using these skills, we hope that not only are your reading skills enhanced, but also that you may write everything from a love letter to a resume for a prospective employer with no trouble.

The Basics of Writing

Many job descriptions and career opportunities require a certain amount of writing and other forms of communication. To excel in any field in the United States, proficiency in the English language is essential for success.

Look at it this way. If you walked into a hospital and tried to communicate with a nurse or doctor about your condition, but could not express yourself adequately, you would not receive adequate care. Even if you are not able to express yourself verbally, a person who is capable of conveying their thoughts in writing may still communicate with others.

Nearly every job industry in the United States requires some English speaking and writing skills. Whether you work in a bank, a school, in the health care field, or government based careers in Social Security or other state or local governments, command of the English language and the ability to communicate in English are important aspects of all those fields.

Think about your daily errands and responsibilities. How many of the tasks and chores that you complete on a daily basis require a least some communication in the written form? Reading a television guide requires certain skills in reading English. Filling out a loan application form at the bank requires not only comprehension, but also writing skills. Helping your child with his or her homework is also important to millions of individuals who live in the United States and use English as a second language in their daily lives.

Whether filling out applications, attending school, being required to write essays and thesis papers, joining after school activities, helping your children, or communicating with health care providers, command of the English language enables you to express yourself to others.

Understanding the grammar and writing basics of any language is important to make yourself understood, as well as to understand what is being said to you. If reading skills are poor, it is difficult to read newspapers, magazines, letters, and even important business contracts. When it comes to writing, proper use of English grammar and writing structure will ensure clarity and a high level of understanding in any field.

One more time, think of this, you would not attempt to drive without learning how, would you? Would you attempt to play soccer or baseball without learning and understanding the rules first? The same goes for Basic English writing. To do a good job and to be understood, a person must understand the basic rules of English grammar and structure.

Learning how to write in any language is not easy. ESL students should take their time and understand each building block of sentence structure and development before moving on to the next. To write well, students need to understand the basics of vocabulary, sentence structure, and verb tense. This course is designed to provide skills for writing, as well as:

  • A review of Basic English sentence structure and grammar.
  • Improving writing skills in various forms.

What exactly is grammar? The new College Standard Dictionary defines grammar as "a type of science that explains the various principles of oral or written usage of a particular language." Yes, grammar and writing are a science of communication that has been passed down for thousands of years.

Consider the different types of writing that has developed since the beginning of time. Writing is a basic form of communication between cultures and countries. Whether you learn Chinese, Russian, English, or French, communication is an essential tool in developing cooperation, understanding, and interaction between individuals.

Writing is created through building blocks that are formed through grammar basics and the usage of nouns, verbs, and articles. Knowledge of those forms helps to create sentences, paragraphs, and then pages of content. It does not stop there. Knowing the proper rules for punctuation, contractions, and use of capitalization helps to clarify a thought or idea for expression onto paper.

The English language has developed for thousands of years. English spoken in the United States is slightly different than English spoken in Great Britain or Australia. Moreover, despite the differences between word usage and construction, a person in Australia reading a letter will easily understand it if that letter was written in America or Great Britain.

Students of English as a second language should be aware that the spoken word is slightly different from the written word. We do not write like we speak. In fact, it can be said that this is the same in every language.

To put it simply, grammar and basic writing rules will not only help improve your speech, but also to write and understand better higher forms of English. While it is not necessary to follow every rule and regulation, understanding his or her purpose is an important part of the learning process. Ignoring too many rules makes it very difficult for others to understand what you are trying to say or convey through the written word.

English grammar, therefore, is a necessary part of learning how to write English properly. Learning English grammar does not have to be a chore. Do not think that you, the student, has to memorize every rule that is found throughout this Basic English writing course. However, do try to familiarize yourself with the very basics of sentence structure and thought patterns that will give you a greater understanding of how everything works and how it is put together.

Writing in a second language takes time and patience. Practice makes perfect, and that goes for learning English grammar and writing skills. Completing sentences to convey thoughts and ideas is an important part of learning any language. Creating stories, composing business letters, and writing personal letters are important parts of many individual lifestyles and habits. Being able to form natural sounding sentences that are easily understood by others, as well as increasing your conversation ability through vocabulary use, will be explored in this course.

So let us get started on improving your writing skills, which may increase your career opportunities and job performance demands. 

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Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
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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
  • Lesson discussions: Skill Focus; Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment: Understanding the Importance
  • Assessment: 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
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment: Understanding Tense
  • Assessment: 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
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment: Comprehension Practice
  • Assessment: 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
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment: Increasing Vocabulary
  • Assessment: 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
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment: Sentence Practice
  • Assessment: 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
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment: Subject-Verb Practice
  • Assessment: 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
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment: Bonding Practice
  • Assessment: 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
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment: Clarity Practice
  • Assessment: 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
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment: Writing Effectively
  • Assessment: 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
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment: Letter Practice
  • Assessment: 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
  • Lesson discussions: Final Course Poll - Your Opinion; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Complete: Final Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment: Organization and Beyond
  • Assessment: Lesson 11 Exam
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

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.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: ESL Basic Writing Skills
Course Number: 7550408
Lessons Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars (1,238 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas.
Last Updated: April 2022
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
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: Dana Kristan
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $95.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "This course was very informative and very helpful for learning the writing skills. It also helped me understand how to view or understand when I receive feedback. I highly recommend it!!" -- Narasimha M.
  • "The instructor was very helpful." -- Ricardo G.
  • "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.
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  • "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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