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May 2016 - NEW (optional) assignment. Write a mini-essay on one of the provided topics, or one of your own choosing and receive feedback from the instructor! Now, it's your time to shine.
April 2016 Updated (optional) assignments with more feedback.
This course offers you the opportunity to improve your essay writing skills with real practice. It takes you through the process from Beginning Strategies to the Proofreading Strategy at the end. You will learn about writing a solid thesis as well as excellent supporting sentences and conclusions to create an essay that conveys your meaning and makes the grade!
10 quizzes and 7 assignments augment the learning experience.
Some assignments now give you the opportunity for feedback from the instructor- having your own private tutor!
Taking this course will improve your scores on the IELTS, TOEFL, and other English tests - particularly the writing sections.
Who should take this course:
Ron takes a very relaxed approach, providing students with all the tools they need to excel. The assignments allow the students to take a proactive approach to applying the knowledge they have gained.
The final assignment allows them the opportunity to practice writing a mini-essay!
Although this course is not directly related to specific tests or exams, it will prepare learners for any test that requires clear and concise writing.
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|Section 1: Beginning Strategies|
Introduction - The EssentialsPreview
|Section 2: Structure 1 - Thesis|
Learn about what a thesis is and how to generate a solid thesis for your essay. The thesis is the most important sentence in your entire essay - so don't miss this lecture!
|Quiz 2||5 questions|
What did you learn about thesis writing?
|Section 3: Sentences|
Learn about four different kinds of sentences by structure: simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex. Also, learn about the "power position" and how to make your sentences effective.
At the end of the lecture you should be able to write sentences in all four styles, using a variety of sentences in your articles and essays.
Also, you will learn to read your work aloud and what to look for when doing this.
|Quiz 4||8 questions|
Identify each sentence as a simple, compound, complex, or compound-complex sentence.
|Section 4: Paragraphs|
You will learn the basics of an introductory and concluding paragraph.
Central paragraphs are the main focus. You will learn about topic sentences, transitional strategies, and "putting flesh on the bones" - providing the kind of information that essays really require.
|Quiz 5||6 questions|
Quiz yourself on what you learned about paragraphs.
|Section 5: Matters of Form 1|
In this lesson, you will learn the importance of having continuity - using an arrangement, transitional sentences, pronoun references, and limited repetition.
We will also look at parallel structures.
The Interest section provides you with many methods to generate and then maintain interest throughout your essay.
|Quiz 6||7 questions|
Continuity & Interest
|Section 6: Matters of Form 2|
You will learn about the ascending order of structure-value and how to use this to write more powerfully.
Also, you will learn about the importance of climax and the end position when writing to ensure that your sentences and paragraphs really "pack a punch" and get your point across in an effective way.
|Quiz 7||6 questions|
Structure, climax, the end position
|Section 7: Matters of Form 3|
This lesson covers eleven major points which vary considerably but are all important in writing an essay that delivers your message clearly, concisely, and effectively.
These include recognizing your audience, technical language, active voice, positive statements, details & specifics, omitting needless words (padded language), faulty reference, tenses, acronyms/abbreviations, personal pronoun limits, and gender neutral language!
|Quiz 8||8 questions|
|Section 8: Matters of Form 3|
Learn about some of the most common errors writers make when punctuating their sentences.
You can avoid them!
|Quiz 9||9 questions|
|Section 9: Proofreading|
|Quiz 10||6 questions|
See what you have learned about the proofreading strategy.
I have owned and operated L.T.L. Tutoring Central since 1996, providing private tutoring services to students of all ages and skill levels.
I have taught students from kindergarten through University and adult students.
Also, I created and delivered an ESL/EFL program for scientists and technicians at the Guelph division of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
My primary focus is on English, math, and study skills- helping students learn how to learn.
I am an Honours Bachelor of Arts graduate with distinction from the University of Guelph in English/psychology - completing 62 courses, many in the field of education including philosophy of education and psychology of education.