Course Description IEWAP-EPW: Learn English Paragraph Writing Skills

Title: Learn English Paragraph Writing Skills

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Course Overview: IEWAP-EPW

English paragraph writing skillsBesides learning English paragraph writing skills, you will become a better academic English writer and accomplish your dream, whether it be a BA or a professional aspiration, by developing and enhancing your English writing grammar and understanding of English paragraph writing.

ESL Student course IEWAP-EPW, “Learn Paragraph Writing Skills,” outlines the basic steps and grammar used for English paragraph writing. You will:

  • Improve your basic English writing knowledge and skills.
  • Look much more adept and professional in your English academic writing.
  • Demonstrate to your peers how easy English paragraph writing really is.
  • Impress your professors and lecturers at university or in your regular English classes.
  • Boost your self-confidence in English academic writing.
  • Improve your grades and results.

Stephen E. Dew, who has over 5 years practical teaching experience in English academic writing to ESL students for undergraduate entrance requirements, is the author of the Academic Writing Skills series and the instructor of the AWS ESL Student Academy.

Learning outcomes:

On completion of the course, ESL students should be able to:

  • Understand what academic writing is.
  • Understand paragraph format, structure, and organization.
  • Learn the 4 basic rules for capitalization and the 10 sub-rules for proper nouns.
  • Learn the rules of commas and quotation.
  • Learn 3 kinds of sentence structure (simple sentences, complex sentences, and complex sentences).
  • Understand and be able to use appositives, adverb (subordinating) clauses, and adjective (relative) clauses.
  • Know how to identify and fix 3 kinds of sentence errors (fragment, run-on, and comma splice).
  • Cite the English writing process.

List of topics:

Topic contentsFundamental concepts
Lesson 1Introduction and definition of academic essay writing.
Lesson 2Paragraph format
Lesson 3Paragraph structure
Lesson 4Paragraph organisation
Lesson 5Capitalization and punctuation
Lesson 6Sentence structure: Simple sentences
Lesson 7Sentence structure: Compund sentences
Lesson 8Sentence structure: Complex sentences
Lesson 9Sentence errors
Lesson 10Overview of the English writing process
Lesson 11Summary and final assesment

Assessment scheme:

TaskDescriptionWeight %
Assignment lesson 1Quiz5
Assignment lesson 2Quiz10
Assignment lesson 3Quiz10
Assignment lesson 4Quiz10
Assignment lesson 5Quiz and writing assignment15
Assignment lesson 6Quiz20
Assignment lesson 7Quiz20
Assignment lesson 8Quiz20
Assignment lesson 9Quiz20
Assignment lesson 10Writing assignment30
Final assessment lesson 11
Writing assignment40

Grading scheme:

A90 - 100%
B80 - 89%
C70 - 79%
D60 - 69%
FFail, achievement less than 60% (re-enroll)

Recommended learning resources:

All learning resources are provided after registration the ESL student course. Note: Course materials are based on the book Learn English Paragraph Writing Skills. 1

Additional learning resources:

  • Dew, Stephen E., (2013). The 5 Step Essay Writing Process, Cambodia:
  • Dew, Stephen E., (2013). Practical Academic Essay Writing Skills. Phnom Penh, Cambodia:
  • Dew, Stephen E., (2014). English Writing Exercises for International Students: Phnom Penh, Cambodia.


  • Knight, Robert M., (2003). A Journalalistic Approach to Good Writing: Wiley (2003),
  • Osima, Alice. & Hogue, Ane, (1997). Introduction to Academic Writing (2nd edn): White Plains, NY. Addison Wesly Longman.

Course schedule:

IEWAP-EPW Schedule

Expected time frames for course completion.
WeekDayTopicRequirements / Reading
11 & 2Pre-workPre-work
13Lesson 1
Complete assignment 1 by day 4.
14Lesson 2
Complete assignment 3 by day 5.
15Lesson 3
Complete assignment 3 by day 6.
16Lesson 4Complete assignment 4 by day 7.
17Lesson 5Complete assignment 5 by day 8.
28Lesson 6Complete assignment 6 by day 9.
29Lesson 7Complete assignment 7 by day 10.
210Lesson 8Complete assignment 8 by day 11.
211Lesson 9Complete assignment 9 by day 12.
212Lesson 10Complete assignment 10 by day 13.
213Additional assesmentComplete assignment 11 by day 14.
214Your personal review time.Review all the lessons.
315Lesson 11Complete final assessment by day 16.
316Your journal is due for assessment today, day 16.
317Assessment correlation by the instructor.
318Assessment results given.
319Certificate presented upon successfully meeting the course requirements.

Contact details:

Instructor Name: Stephen E. Dew



Other information: This is a self-paced online course.

Details of course website:

Use of the Educator learning platform: Educator is a web-based learning platform that the AWS Student Academy uses to help manage teaching and learning in the online course. On the website,, you will find:

  • All resource material.
  • A list of lessons and assignments.
  • A link to a forum at the AWS ESL Student Academy discussion site.
  • On-line assessments both quizzes and written.
  • Your own personal grade sheet.

You will use some of these tools later in the course, but for now I just want to make sure you can access the Educator platform online training courses.

1. First, go to the learning website home page by following these steps:

  • Click on to your browser, for example Internet Explorer or Firefox:
  • On the top menu of the site you will see the heading  “Course Descriptions.” Click the course you desire.
  • Read the course description.

2. Second, on the learning website home page, Click the desired course of study and enroll.

3. Finally, begin your course and complete the course requirements.

If you have any problems with please contact admin.

Course policy:

  • What do I do if I need more time? Contact admin and request an extension.
  • For remarks or moderation, contact admin with a submission as to why your assignments should be reviewed.
  • The required referencing format is APA format. You can read more about citation and referencing at
  • You should make sure that all submitted work is your own.

Note: Plagiarism is defined as copying or paraphrasing another’s work, whether intentionally or otherwise, and presenting it as one’s own. Any student found responsible for plagiarism in any piece of work submitted for assessment shall be subject to AWS Student Academy’s terms and agreement which may result in forfeiture of marks for the piece of work submitted, a zero grade for the written assessment, no certificate awarded, or in extreme cases exclusion from the AWS ESL Student Academy programs.



  1. Dew, Stephen E., (2012). Learn English Paragraph Writing Skills. Phnom Penh, Cambodia: