Basic English Writing
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Basic English Writing

Learn to write with confidence using well constructed sentences and paragraphs to convey your message more effectively.
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4.5 (227 ratings)
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Last updated 7/2019
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This course includes
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 2 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Write in English with confidence.
  • Understand and use English skills more effectively.
  • Improve spoken English by knowing proper terms and structures of language.
  • Identify basic parts of speech - helpful for English courses and for improving overall writing skills.
  • Write quality sentences.
  • Write excellent paragraphs with unity and coherence - useful for all English writing including essays, book reports, workplace writing, and creative writing as well.
Requirements
  • Students require a minimum low-intermediate level of English in order to understand the instructor and follow the slide commentary. A student's writing skills may be quite poor at the beginning, however, as long as he/she can understand verbal English.
Description

* New video - sentence fragments added April 2018.

*New video - run-on sentences added March 2018.

*New Lecture/video added June 2017 - IELTS, TOEFL, and other English Language Tests practice ideas (1).

*New videos added April 2017 - Four uses of commas and The Semicolon.

*New Bonus material added March 2017 - Spelling Improvement video & downloadable document with spelling rules.

*New video added January 27, 2017

This course is for anyone who wishes to improve his/her English writing skills. All the basics are included in three short, easy to handle lessons. This is an excellent course for those people who wish to improve their writing skills for school, in the workplace, or for their own personal growth and learning.

Added benefits include the fact that improved writing skills lead to improved speaking skills as well. Students include those from English speaking backgrounds who wish to improve their writing skills - young learners to adult and ESL or EFL students who wish to make gains in written English and become more familiar with the English language.

For students with English as their first language the goals would be to remind them of basics and improve their technical writing skills before moving into more complex writing materials.

For ESL and EFL students, the primary goals are to gain insight into the structure of writing in English and to build confidence.

Parts of Speech

  • nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, interjections

Sentence writing

  • subject & predicate
  • phrases & clauses
  • dependent & independent clauses
  • four kinds of sentences by form
  • four kinds of sentences by purpose
  • how to avoid sentence fragments and run-on sentence errors
  • New video added January 2017 - Independent & Dependent Clauses.

Paragraphs

  • defining a paragraph
  • four kinds of paragraphs with a focus on central paragraphs
  • topic sentences
  • unity - why it is necessary and how your topic sentence guides you
  • coherence - what it is and how to achieve it in your writing
  • transition
Who this course is for:
  • This course is meant for students who wish to improve the quality of their writing in English. The course acts as both an introduction to quality English writing and a refresher course for those who need to remind themselves of the foundation to English writing. This course is not intended for those who have excellent writing skills already.
Course content
Expand all 20 lectures 03:00:33
+ Parts of Speech
2 lectures 23:02

You will more easily be able to identify and use the various terms for parts of speech in English. This will aid you in writing quality sentences.

Preview 09:09

In this quiz, you will identify the noun or nouns in each sentence by correctly choosing from multiple choice questions. Only one answer is correct in each case.

Identifying nouns
6 questions

In this quiz, you will identify the pronoun or pronouns in each sentence by correctly choosing from multiple choice questions. Only one answer is correct in each case.

Identifying pronouns
6 questions
Parts of Speech - 2
13:53

In this quiz, you will identify the verb or verbs in each sentence by correctly choosing from multiple choice questions. Only one answer is correct in each case.

Identifying verbs
6 questions

In this quiz, you will identify the adjective or adjectives in each sentence by correctly choosing from multiple choice questions. Only one answer is correct in each case.

Identifying adjectives
6 questions

In this quiz you will identify the adverb or adverbs in each sentence.

Identifying adverbs
6 questions
+ Sentence Writing
4 lectures 40:10

You will identify the subject or the predicate in each sentence.

Subject & Predicate
6 questions

You will identify the complete sentences or the sentence fragments in given groups of words.

Complete sentences / sentence fragments
6 questions

Learn to identify English sentences according to structure: Simple, Compound, Complex, and Compound-Complex.

Sentence forms by structure
8 questions
Sentence Writing 3
11:03

Learn to identify sentences according to purpose: declarative, interrogative, exclamatory, and imperative.

Sentence forms by purpose
8 questions
The Perfect Sentence - Video
04:15
+ Paragraphs
4 lectures 34:22
Paragraphs 1
05:32
Paragraphs 2
13:31

More about paragraphs


Paragraphs 3
14:06
+ Bonus material
9 lectures 01:21:57

Here is a bonus video about independent and dependent clauses. 

Preview 13:01
Spelling improvement
07:52
The semicolon
09:19
Use of the articles "a, an, & the"
08:27
Practice ideas for IELTS, TOEFL, and other English Language Tests (1)
05:14
Run-on sentences and how to avoid them.
10:24
Sentence fragments
11:16
Stringy Sentences and How to Avoid Them
08:29