Course Description IEWAP-SWS: Summary Writing Skills

Title: Summary Writing Skills for English Language Learners

Course Code:


Course Overview: IEWAP-SWS

summary writing skills“Summary writing for English language learners: How to Improve English writing skills for ESL Students” is the latest (fifth) book in the author’s series “Academic Writing Skills”.

While ESL students may not realize it, reading and writing skills are closely related and can easily be mixed together in assignments for their benefit. By using this guide to develop your summary writing skills, you will be combining two English skills, which provides students with a greater range of understanding and information that can be used in the future.

Summarizing is actually a precise technical skill. Therefore, not only will you improve your reading, vocabulary, critical thinking, and your writing and editing skills, you will develop essential skills for good summary writing.

This ESL summary writing skills guide will help you produce consistent results and grades for your English written assignments and essays.

Summary Writing for English Language Learners: How to Improve English Writing Skills for ESL Students” is by far one of the more condensed and easy to read guides for development of English academic writing skills you will find anywhere.

The author recommends ESL Students in low-intermediate to mid-advanced English classes use this summary writing guide for developing their English essay writing skills and summary writing skills.

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 the benefits and reasons for summary writing
  • List the steps in producing a good summary.
  • Understand each step in the summary writing process and its importance in the process.
  • Be able to prepare the summary data.
  • Use citation and referencing.
  • Write a summary using the summary writing process.
  • Determine if the summary addresses the reading.

List of topics:

Topic contentsFundamental concepts
Lesson 1Introduction and the essential skills required for summary writing.
Lesson 2Overview of the summary writing process including the benefits, purpose, and types of summaries.
Lesson 3

  • How to prepare, write, and finalize a summary.

  • Examples of good and bad summary responses.

Lesson 4Step by summary example.
Lesson 5Summary writing skills and final assessment.

Assessment scheme:

TaskDescriptionWeight %
Assignment lesson 1Introduction0
Assignment lesson 2Quiz10
Assignment lesson 3Writing assignment25
Assignment lesson 4Writing assignment25
Final assessment lesson 5
Writing assignment40

Grade 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 Summary Writing Skills for English Language Learners. 1

Additional 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.

Course schedule:

IEWAP-SWS Schedule

Expected time frames for course completion.
WeekDayTopicRequirements / Reading
11 & 2Pre-workPre-work
13Lesson 1
No assignment.
14Lesson 2
Complete assignment 1 by day 5.
15Lesson 3
Complete assignment 2 by day 6.
16Lesson 4Complete assignment 3 by day 7.
17Your personal review time.Review all the lessons.
28Lesson 5Complete final assessment by day 9.
29Your journal is due for assessment today, day 9.
210Assessment correlation by the instructor.
212Assessment results given.
213Certificate 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 use 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., (2013). Summary Writing Skills for English Language Learners. Phnom Penh, Cambodia: