Course Description IEWAP-JWS: Journal Writing Skills for ELL Students

Title: Journal Writing Skills for ELL Students

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Course Overview: IEWAP-JWS

Journal Writing Skills for ELL StudentsBy learning journal writing skills, ELL’s will become better academic English essay writers by developing and enhancing your English essay writing knowledge and practicing English essay writing in a non-threatening environment.

ESL Student course IEWAP-JWS, “Journal Writing Skills for ELL Students,” outlines the basics and provides the requirements for  AWS ESL Student Academy journals.

You will:

  • Improve your basic English essay writing knowledge and skills.
  • Look much more adept and professional in your English academic writing.
  • Demonstrate to your peers how easy practical academic essay writing skills really are.
  • Impress your professors and lecturers at university or in your regular English classes.
  • Boost your self-confidence in academic English essay 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 journal writing skills for ELL Students tutorial, ESL students should be able to:

  • Understand the different journal types and how they are used.
  • Know what a dialog journal is.
  • Be aware of the benefits of dialog journals.
  • Understand how to use a dialog journal.
  • Know the AWS ESL Student Academy process for journal writing.

List of topics:

Not applicable.

Assessment scheme:

There is no assessment for this course. The course is designed as a prerequisite for other AWS ESL Student Academy courses.

Grading scheme:

Not applicable.

Recommended learning resources:

All learning resources are provided after registration the ESL student course. Note: Course materials are based on the book Journal Writing Skills for ELL’s. 1

Additional learning resources:

  • Dew, Stephen E., (2013). The 5 Step Essay Writing Process, Cambodia:
  • Dew, Stephen E., (2013). Learn Paragraph Writing Skills. Phnom Penh, Cambodia:
  • Dew, Stephen E., (2014). English Writing Exercises for International Students: Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
  • Dew, Stephen E., (2010). Practical Academic Essay Writing Skills: Phnom Penh, Cambodia.


  • Kim, D. (2011). A young English learners L2 literacy practice through dialogue journals. Journal of Reading Education, 36(3), 27–34.
  • Linnell, K. M. (2010). Using dialogue journals to focus on form. Journal of Adult Education, 39 (1), 23–28.
  • Peyton, J. K. (1993). Dialogue journals: Interactive writing to develop language and literacy. National Clearinghouse on Literacy Education. Retrieved from
  • Schwartzer, D. (2004). Student and teacher strategies for communicating through dialogue journals in Hebrew: A teacher resource project. Foreign Language Annals, 37, 77–84.
  • Staton, J. (1987). Dialogue journals. ERIC Digest. Retrieved from

Course schedule:

Not applicable

Contact details:

Instructor Name: Stephen E. Dew



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

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 reach the Educator platform online training courses.

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

  • Click on to your browser, such as Internet Explorer or Firefox:
  • On the top menu of the site you will see the heading  “Course Descriptions.” Click the course you want.
  • 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 ask for an extension.
  • For remarks or moderation, contact admin with a submission about 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., (2015). Journal Writing Skills for ELL’s. Phnom Penh, Cambodia: