Course Description: IEWAP-EWP: The 5 Step Essay Writing Process

Title: The 5 Step Essay Writing Process

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Course overview:

5 step essay writing processBecome a better academic English writer and accomplish your dream whether it be a BA or a professional aspiration by developing and enhancing your 5 step Essay Writing Process Skills.

ESL Student course IEWAP-EWP, “The 5 Step Essay Writing Process,” outlines the basic steps for English essay writing. You will:

  • Learn an easy 5 step English writing process
  • Master the use of the English writing process
  • Improve your basic English Writing Skills
  • Establish yourself as a more professional English essay writer
  • Achieve a better grades and results
  • Accelerate your English learning
  • Position yourself for success in academic goals
  • Build your self-confidence
  • Reinforce your leanings through Journal Writing

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:

  • List the 5 basic steps in the English Writing process
  • Use the 5 basic pre-writing techniques
  • Be able to prepare a detailed outline
  • Understand what the review process is and how to do it
  • Write an essay using the 5 step English writing process

List of topics:

Topic contentsFundamental concepts
Lesson 1Introduction and process overview to the 5 step English Essay writing process.
Lesson 2Detailed process for step 1 (pre-write), step 2 (organize) , and step 3 (first draft).
Lesson 3Detailed process for step 4 (polish) and 5 (final copy).
Lesson 45 step essay writing process summary and final assessment.

Assessment scheme:

TaskDescriptionWeight %
Assignment lesson 1Quiz10
Assignment lesson 2Writing assignment20
Assignment lesson 3Writing assignment20
Final assessment lesson 4
Writing assignment50

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 The 5 Step Essay Writing Process1

Addition Learning resources:

  • Dew, Stephen E., (2013). Learn English Paragraph Writing Skills. Phnom Penh, 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.
  • Oshima, A., & Hogue, A. (1997). Introduction to Academic Writing, 3rd ed. White Plains, NY: Longman.
  • Swan, M. (2005). Practical English Usage, 3rd edn.Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Course schedule:

WeekDayTopicRequirements / Reading
11 & 2Pre-workPre-work
13Lesson 1
    Complete assignment 1 by day 4.
    14Lesson 2
      Complete assignment 2 by day 5.
      15Lesson 3
        Complete assignment 3 by day 6.
        16Your personal review time.Review all the lessons.
        17Lesson 4
          Complete final assessment by day 8.
          29Your journal is due for assessment.
          211Assessment results given.
          212Certificate 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 assesments 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. (2013). The 5 Step Essay Writing process. Phnom Penh, Cambodia: