Advanced Writing Strategies for Immediate Improvement
- 5.5 hours on-demand video
- 40 downloadable resources
- Full lifetime access
- Access on mobile and TV
- Certificate of Completion
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- By the end of this course, learners will be able to communicate their thoughts in a manner more consistent with the norms of academic and professional writing, and learners will also be equipped with several tools to produce high quality essays in a significantly shorter amount of time.
- Students who take this course should speak English at a minimum of an intermediate level. All course materials are included within this course.
Advanced Writing Strategies for Immediate Improvement is a comprehensive online guide designed to help provide learners with the writing skills necessary for success in the academic and professional worlds. The course, which is specifically tailored for a completely online learning experience, consists of approximately 40 lectures and dozens of activities to reinforce the concepts discussed in each lecture. This course will take approximately 5-7 weeks to complete, but the actual time will vary depending on the individual learner. Course chapters include detailed explanations of required and optional essay goals and sentence-by-sentence models for various essay types, advanced formal alternatives for common informal vocabulary terms and sentence mechanics, detailed instructions for the usage of advanced punctuation, strategies for identifying and refuting invalid arguments, and methods for reducing subjectivity in essay writing. Chapters also include a model essay demonstrating how each lecture therein can be immediately used.
All course materials are included within this course.
- This course is designed for online-based students who plan to write significantly within a professional/academic environment or anyone else interested in improving their formal writing ability, and is intended for both native and advanced non-native English speakers.
This lecture explains the different aspects of vocabulary (denotation, connotation, and semantic meaning), how to identify awkward wording, and the importance of identifying the social register of a word or phrase.
An expanded process essay body paragraph can include:
a. A basic description of the step (Topic Sentence)
b. Specific details of the step
c. How the step contributes to the overall goal
d. Possible alternatives or substitutions
e. Consequences of deviating from the description (such as by using unapproved substitutions)
Read the thesis statement below. Then read each body paragraph and try to identify what paragraph component could be ADDED to expand each paragraph.
Thesis Statement: When trying to persuade academic readers to accept an argument, it is important to clearly explain all relevant background information and data, describe the logic of the proposition, and openly indicate any potential weaknesses or limitations of the logic or data.
Combine each pair of sentences using a semi-colon + appropriate transition word/phrase + comma construction.
Mary has many hobbies. She likes skydiving, painting, and writing.
Marry has many hobbies; for example, she likes skydiving, painting, and writing.
This lecture explains 2 very common academic writing mistakes and simple strategies to avoid them.
This lecture explains 2 more very common academic writing mistakes including a common transition word error and how to appropriately incorporate figurative language into your essays.