This 100% online course teaches the writing and composition skills needed for successful university study and is intended for students with English as a first language. This course is accepted by Dalhousie University in place of NS Grade 12 English to prepare you for the writing demands in all university level courses.
What You Will Learn
You will learn to:
- write effectively structured, coherent paragraphs
- write essays using conventional techniques for gathering material, choosing a topic, forming a thesis statement, preparing an out-line, writing the first draft, editing and revising
- use various methods of developing paragraphs and essays, for example narration, description, cause and effect, argument and persuasion
- read critically, assessing authors’ ideas and techniques; basic aspects of grammar and style will also be reviewed.
This online version of Writing Skills for Academic Study is delivered 100% online; all tests and assignments will be required to be submitted online. Generally, students can expect to spend 8-10 hours per week working on the course, including homework and collaboration and online “office” time with the Instructor.
Brief journal entries will be submitted weekly in addition to assignments, and participants are asked to be available online on specific dates for assessments (these dates will be confirmed by the Instructor on the first day of the course).
Evaluation for this course will be based on two tests, journal entries and seven writing assignments.
This course is an 8-week asynchronous delivery course. It is 48 learning hours designated for readings, assignments, and quizzes. It is recommended that students spend an average of 6 hours per week on this course.
* University Prep courses are non-credit preparatory courses. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that each course he/she enrolls in is accepted at other post-secondary institutions, beyond Dalhousie University.
Sarah holds a Master’s degree in TESOL from the University of Birmingham, a CELTA certification from the International Language Institute, and a BA (Theatre Studies) from Acadia University. She has 15+ years of extensive teaching experience in Canada and abroad, including the CCE’s Writing skills for Academic Study and the English for Academic Purposes [EAP] Program, where she has taught Reading/Writing or Listening/Speaking courses to international students in all levels from Foundations 1 to EAP 2. She has also taught workshops on Dramatic Monologues, Oral Communication, Speech and Pronunciation for Graduate Students, Punctuation, and Tentative Language (Hedging). Her interests and specialization are in the areas of Academic Writing and Speaking, TESOL, Creative Writing, and Spoken Discourse.