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English Writing (ESL)

Course CodeAWR101
Fee CodeS2
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment


  • Learn to write better.
  • For people who have English as their second language, or who have limited skills in writing and English grammar.
  • 100 hour, self paced course.
  • Great support, expert tutors -we treat each student as an individual.

Comment from one of our students

"The course demonstrated to me what I enjoyed writing about, the types of writing I was good at, and not so good at. It broadened my horizon to show me what was out there to write about. It gave me knowledge and confidence. I have continued to write, and in the future want to commence with the next course, but in the meantime, I have submitted various articles of mine to some magazines and have had nothing but positive feedback from all the editors and some of my work is to be published!! Which I personally feel is fantastic as I have only been doing this for a year or so. Thank you for opening up a whole new world of creativity to me which I can only enhance upon!!"
- Jo

Lesson Structure

There are 12 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction
    • Parts of speech ... nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, etc
    • Gender; noun gender, pronoun gender
    • Adjectives; types of adjectives
    • Articles; definite and indefinite
    • When to Use an article
  2. Verbs
    • Verb phrases
    • Auxilary or Helping Verbs
    • Subject - Verb Agreement
    • Gerunds
    • Verb Mood
    • Verb Tense
    • Present, Past, Mixed, Future Tense
    • Verb Voice
  3. Parts of a sentence
    • Object
    • 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
    • Prefixes
    • Suffixes
    • Word combinations
  6. Developing vocabulary
    • Context
    • Formal and informal language
    • Connotative and denotative language
  7. Writing for different purposes Part 1
    • Writing to obtain and clarify information
    • Purpose
    • Your Reader
    • Content
    • 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
    • Persuasion
  9. Writing for business
    • Writing letters
    • Short reports
    • Submissions
  10. Study skills
    • Understanding concepts
    • Essay structure
    • Addressing all parts of a topic
    • Understanding what is required
    • Referencing
  11. Proof reading and editing
    • Correcting and refining your document
    • Targeting the intended reader
  12. Special project
    • Reading
    • Researching and writing for three different contexts (work, study, business).

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


  • 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

The main task in writing for information is to persuade the reader to cooperate.

Most people will not take the time to assist others unless they see that as part of their job. Even then, they might decide which requests are more important, and which can be put aside for later. Therefore, try to word your request so that:
  1. It is relevant to their job or their business, and if possible.
  2. They can see some benefit in helping you. 
You can begin by stating the need, then follow with the request.
For example:

We have noticed a significant decline in the number of koalas in our area due to heavy and fast traffic and excessive noise. Therefore, we would like your help in creating a quiet, slow zone in critical areas.

Alternatively, you can begin with the request, then give reasons, starting with those that will most persuade the reader. For example:

We would like your help in creating safe zones for koalas in our area, to prevent further heavy declines in numbers. As you know, koalas are a major tourist attraction at the nearby nature park, attracting thousands of visitors to our area each year.
Good writing involves making good choices about the words you use. This course helps you develop your ability to focus on making good and appropriate choices when writing something in english; and having a better understanding of not only the words you choose, but how the way in which combining those words can modify the meanings of words.


This course is suitable for anyone wanting to improve their knowledge of English grammar and vocabulary.

Study to improve your job and career prospects or for your own personal development.

Meet some of our academics

Rosemary Davies Journalist, Editor, Broadcaster, Teacher and Consultant for over 30 years. Rosemary is former gardening editor for the Weekly Times (a Weekly Farming Newspaper in Australia); and author of six books in her own right. She has written articles for many magazines across Australia, and has since 2008 worked as a tutor and freelance writer with ACS; contributing to books a range of genres.
Christine ToddUniversity lecturer, businesswoman, photographer, consultant and sustainability expert; with over 40 years industry experience B.A., M.Plan.Prac., M.A.(Social). An expert in planning, with years of practical experience in permaculture.
Tracey JonesWidely published author, Psychologist, Manager and Lecturer. Over 10 years working with ACS and 25 years of industry experience. Qualifications include: B.Sc. (Hons) (Psychology), M.Soc.Sc (social work), Dip. SW (social work), PGCE (Education), PGD (Learning Disability Studies).

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