Academic Writing/Grammar 301

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COURSE UPDATES: Final reading and writing exams have been added at the end of the course.  These exams were added to better evaluation your progress. The exams will become available after you complete your final draft.

Welcome Student


Academic Writing/Grammar 3 is designed to build a foundation for academic level coursework. This course is for intermediate, non-native speakers of English who plan to attend a university in the United States and need to master academic reading and writing skills. Lessons include short video presentations, authentic reading passages, downloadable handouts, and interactive quizzes.

What will you learn?

Reading • main ideas | Vocabulary • cause and effect collocation | Writing • writing a cause and effect essay | Grammar • gerunds and infinitives

Learning Outcomes • Express your opinions and ideas about the effects of poverty on society

In this course, you will learn the process of writing a cause and effect essay. You will study strategies for learning vocabulary, understanding authentic reading passages, summarizing, and making outlines. When you have finished this course, you will be prepared to planwrite, and revise an academic essay.


Who is this course for?

This course is designed for international students planning to attend a university in the United States or other English speaking country.

How long is the course?

This course will require 3 to 5 weeks to complete.

What kind of course is it?

This is a teacher-assisted, self-paced course. In other words, you will study on your own by watching short video presentations, reading passages, and taking quizzes.  Your instructor will answer questions and grade your assignments.

How will my assignments be graded?

You will take both self-graded quizzes and teacher graded quizzes.  When you turn in a writing assignment, the teacher will use a rubric. Before you do your assignments, you will be able to view the rubric to see how your teacher will grade your paper.

B2 Intermediate

Students at the completion of the B2 Intermediate level are able to read short articles, identify implied main ideas and details. They are also able to write on a wide range of topics, as well as compose essays giving reasons to support a point of view.

They are also able to discuss most current topics and talk about future plans, give persuasive presentations, and understand lectures on common topics.


In this course, you will work on developing a cause and effect essay. As you do, you will develop reading, vocabulary, and grammar skills necessary to complete the assignment.