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How to Write an Essay (Free online course) from Berkeley

An introduction to academic writing for English Language Learners, focusing on essay development, grammatical correctness, and self-editing.



About this course

College Writing 2.1x is an introduction to academic writing for English Language Learners, focusing on essay development, grammatical correctness, and self-editing. The five-week course includes a review of basic grammar terminology and understanding; writing effective sentences and paragraphs; introductions and conclusions; strategies for writing longer texts; and thesis statements. The course materials will be offered via readings and videos. An optional course workbook, in ebook form, may be used for additional writing work. Students will participate in online discussions as well as peer review. Students will complete an essay for this part of the course.


What you'll learn


  • Basic grammar terminology and understanding

  • How to write effective sentences and paragraphs

  • How to tackle writing introductions and conclusions

  • Strategies for writing longer texts and thesis statements



  • Length: 5 Weeks


  • Effort: 5–6 hours per week


  • Price

FREE Add a Verified Certificate for $49 USD


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