Title: Summary Writing Skills for English Language Learners
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Course Overview: IEWAP-SWS
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.
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 contents||Fundamental concepts|
|Lesson 1||Introduction and the essential skills required for summary writing.|
|Lesson 2||Overview of the summary writing process including the benefits, purpose, and types of summaries.|
|Lesson 4||Step by summary example.|
|Lesson 5||Summary writing skills and final assessment.|
|Assignment lesson 1||Introduction||0|
|Assignment lesson 2||Quiz||10|
|Assignment lesson 3||Writing assignment||25|
|Assignment lesson 4||Writing assignment||25|
|Final assessment lesson 5||Writing assignment||40|
|A||90 - 100%|
|B||80 - 89%|
|C||70 - 79%|
|D||60 - 69%|
|F||Fail, 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: hbicambodia.com.
- Dew, Stephen E., (2013). Practical Academic Essay Writing Skills. Phnom Penh, Cambodia: hbicambodia.com.
- Dew, Stephen E., (2014). English Writing Exercises for International Students: Phnom Penh, Cambodia. hbicambodia.com.
• University of Washington (2014, September 10). How to write a summary (web page). Retrieved from URL https://depts.washington.edu/owrc/Handouts/How%20to%20Write%20a%20Summary.pdf.
• Christine Bauer-Ramazani (2015, January 4) Guidelines for writing a summary (web page). Retrieved from URL http://academics.smcvt.edu/cbauer-ramazani/AEP/EN104/summary.htm.
• Washington State University (2014, July 23). How to write a summary (web page). Retrieved from URL http://public.wsu.edu/~mejia/Summary.htm.
• Santa Monica College (2014, August 6). Writing a summary (web page). Retrieved from URL http://homepage.smc.edu/reading_lab/writing_a_summary.htm.
• St. Cloud State University (2015, April 15) Process for writing a summary (web page). Retrieved from URL http://leo.stcloudstate.edu/acadwrite/summary.htm.
• FluentU, The secrets to improving ESL reading and writing skills (web page): Summary Writing. Retrieved from URL http://www.fluentu.com/english/educator/blog/improving-esl-reading-summary-writing.
• English Daily (2014, October 24). Summary (web page). Retrieved from URL http://www.englishdaily626.com.
• Drew University On-Line Resources for Writers (2014, July 14). Summary writing (web page).Retrieved from http://users.drew.edu/~sjamieso/summary.htm.
• E Reading Worksheets (2015, March 16). Summarizing worksheets and activities (web page). Retrieved from URL http://www.ereadingworksheets.com/free-reading-worksheets/reading-comprehension-worksheets/summarizing-worksheets-and-activities.
• Readyed (2015, March 1) The Mystery of the Marie Celeste (web page). Retrieved from URL http://www.readyed.com.au/Sites/celeste.htm.
• Lexington Public Schools (2012, July 25) Summary (web page). Retrieved from URL http://lps.lexingtonma.org/Page/2263
• Sunny Empire State College (2014, August 5). Stages inv summary writing (web page). Retrieved from http://www.esc.edu/online-writing-center/resources/critical-reading-writing/general-reading/stages-involved-in-summary-writing.
• eNotes (2015, March 28). How to write a summary (web page). Retrieved from URL http://www.enotes.com/topics/how-write-summary.
• Kyrene School District. Summary writing check list (PDF). Retrieved from URL http://www.kyrene.org/cms/lib2/AZ01001083/Centricity/Domain/893/Summary%20Writing%20Checklist.pdf
• Dr Gerard Sharpling (The University of Warwick).Reporting verbs (web page). Retrieved from URL http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/al/globalpad/openhouse/academicenglishskills/grammar/reportingverbs/
IEWAP-SWS ScheduleExpected time frames for course completion.
|Week||Day||Topic||Requirements / Reading|
|1||1 & 2||Pre-work||Pre-work
|1||3||Lesson 1||No assignment.|
|1||4||Lesson 2||Complete assignment 1 by day 5.|
|1||5||Lesson 3||Complete assignment 2 by day 6.|
|1||6||Lesson 4||Complete assignment 3 by day 7.|
|1||7||Your personal review time.||Review all the lessons.|
|2||8||Lesson 5||Complete final assessment by day 9.|
|2||9||Your journal is due for assessment today, day 9.|
|2||10||Assessment correlation by the instructor.|
|2||12||Assessment results given.|
|2||13||Certificate presented upon successfully meeting the course requirements.|
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, hbicambodia.com, 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: http://hbicambodia.com
- 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.
- 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 http://hbicambodia.com/citation-and-referencing-english-writing-process.html
- 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.
- Dew, Stephen E., (2013). Summary Writing Skills for English Language Learners. Phnom Penh, Cambodia: hbicambodia.com. ↩