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English as a Second Language (ESL) Writing Fundamentals - AWR101

The student should to be able to read, write and speak elelmentary or basic converstaional English.

There are 12 lessons in this module, each requiring around 8 hours of writing. They are:

1.  Parts of speech
•Parts of speech ... nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, etc
•Gender; noun gener, pronoun gender
•Adjectives; types of adjectives
•Articles; definite and indefinite
•When to Use an article

2.  Verbs
•Verb phrases
•Auxillary or Helping Verbs
•Subject - Verb Agreement
•Verb Mood
•Verb Tense
•Present, Past, Mixed, FutureTense
•Verb Voice

3.  Parts of a sentence
•Clauses and phrases
•Subject and Predicate
•Roles of a Verb in a Sentence; transitive verbs, Intransitive verbs

4.  Building and combining sentences
•Sentence Construction
•Basic Sentence Patterns
•Verb Position in a Sentence
•Forming Questions
•Expanding Basic Sentences
•Adding Modifying Words, Clauses or Phrases
•Linking words

5.  Vocabulary
•Related words
•Word origins
•Word combinations

6.  Developing vocabulary
•Formal and informal language
•Connotative and denotative language

7.  Writing for different purposes Part 1
•Writing to obtain and clarify information
•Your Reader
•Method of Communicating
•Guidelines for Effective Writing in English
•Tips for Requesting and Clarifying Information

8.  Writing for different purposes Part 2
•Informative Writing Goals
•Writing to provide information
•What Else are You Communicating; Information, attitude, relationship
• Tips for Providing Information; good, neutral or bad news

9.  Writing for business
•Writing letters
•Short reports

10.  Study skills
•Understanding concepts
•Essay structure
•Addressing all parts of a topic
•Understanding what is required

11.  Proof reading and editing
•Correcting and refining your document
•Targeting the intended reader

12.  Special project
•Researching and writing for three different contexts (work, study, business).


  • Understand the basic rules of grammar
  • Apply rules of grammar to construct correct sentences
  • Identify word parts - word roots, prefixes and suffixes
  • Use word parts to develop vocabulary
  • Name the parts of speech
  • Understand basic principles of correct sentence construction
  • Understand the nature and purpose of a paragraph
  • Identify different kinds of language - formal/informal, direct/indirect
  • Identify appropriate language for different writing contexts
  • Use correct formats for business writing
  • Use correct formats for writing for study
  • Improve pronunciation



Students will learn:

  • basic principles and terms of English grammar
  • what are the parts of speech in English, and the forms in which they can be used
  • how to correctly use parts of speech, including as adverbs and pronouns
  • what are the basic building blocks of English sentences
  • how to construct correct sentences
  • how to vary sentence structure
  • what is a paragraph, and how to construct one
  • common work roots and how they are used to create different English words
  • the role and meanings of suffixes and prefixes
  • when and how to use direct (denotative) and indirect (connotative) language in business or study
  • how to write correctly for different purposes
  • correct business writing
  • how to respond appropriately to different study tasks
  • different writing formats for workplace and study
  • how and why to reference
  • how to edit a piece of writing to improve its organisation and readability
  • how to proof read a piece of writing to eliminate errors
  • what to consider when planning a piece of writing.

Duration 100 hours


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