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University of California, Berkeley

How to Write an Essay

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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.

In partnership with the U.S. Department of State

UC Berkeley is partnering with the U.S. Department of State to extend the reach of College Writing 2X. Participating U.S. Embassies will host in-person, facilitated discussions sessions around the course content in order to maximize the learning experience. The State Department-supported EducationUSA network will also offer facilitated discussions in some locations for students interested in pursuing higher education in the United States. This partnership is part of the English Education Alliance (E2A), a global effort of the U.S. Department of State to address the global demand for 21st century English language skills.

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Maggie Sokolik


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  • jualtru
    Excellent material, excellent activities, but today I am having problems to log in the course and I have already missed a week without doing my homework which is too bad for me. I have enrolled this course and I really want to continue till the end. My e-mail is [email protected] and I would appreciate your help.
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    Studying science-based subjects has become one of the best ways to get everything related to study. Although it yields some positive outcomes, I assume that art is the same degree as those subjects at large. There are two-fold benefits to studying…
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  • Abdirizak Nur Hassan
    this course is very helpful for intermediate students as it gives some strengths for their English writing experiences, motivated students will benefit.
  • Hassan Mohamed Hassan
    To be honest, going through the whole Sentence Guide course (where you write 10 essays in total), will probably be too long.
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