Welcome to the course

I'm excited you're here! If you teach English to intermediate to advanced English language learners, this course is for you.

Why did I create this course? I am passionate about learning and teaching. I love sharing my knowledge and skills in writing with others.

I developed this course in teaching academic writing based on my own teaching experience. I think it will help you improve your teaching knowledge and skills. The course aims at giving you the tools to help your students write better.

Aims and objectives

Let me tell you about the aims and objectives of the course as well as its main features.

I'm pleased to have a number of resource people who will talk to you about teaching writing. I'm also happy to share with you lots of bonus material.

There is also a teaching unit available using comics to teach the four skills through media literacy.

The five modules in the course are designed with two aims in mind:

First, familiarize English language teachers with current issues in teaching academic writing.

Second, help teachers learn and use effective strategies and techniques to teach academic writing.

This training course has five objectives:

  • Describe critical issues in teaching academic writing to ELLs.
  • Explain why teaching academic writing to ELLs is important.
  • Demonstrate to ELLs the initial steps in planning to write.
  • Show ELLs examples of effective writing at the sentence, paragraph and text levels.
  • Illustrate to ELLs techniques for editing and revising their writing.

Main Features

Here are the main features of the training course:

  • Audiovisual presentation: catch and keep your attention
  • Transcripts of all the lectures: reinforce your learning
  • Readings: keep you up-to-date with pertinent research in the field of English language teaching
  • Interviews: get practical tips on teaching writing
  • Interaction: share your ideas with the instructor and other teachers in the comments following each lecture
  • Graded quizzes: check your understanding of the lectures and readings
  • Self-assessments: assess your learning progress
  • Final Project: prepare a teaching unit - integrating all four skills - for your learners
  • Additional material: benefit from bonus materials as well as an inexpensive teaching unit on learning through the comics.
  • Certificate of completion: receive acknowledgement for completing the course.


Knowledgeable resource people will share their ideas about teaching writing:

  • Kelly Reider, founder of ELP, will talk about the WIDA writing rubrics.
  • Dorothy Zemach, author of 50 Ways to Practice Writing, will share teaching ideas.
  • Nick Walker, creator of the Virtual Writing Tutor, will demonstrate how to use his useful online tool.

Bonus material

Another feature is a fun section dealing with teaching English literature through film. It includes five lectures.

  • Why Teach Literature?
  • Teach Literary Analysis
  • Use Film to Teach Literature
  • Get Learners to Talk
  • Get Learners to Write

Teaching unit: Comics

The course offers you - at a discount price - a downloadable teaching unit called The Amazing World of Comics. The unit includes a number of engaging reading, listening, speaking and writing activities.

The purpose of the unit - which relates to media literacy - is to show how illustrators and authors present their creative ideas through comics, whether they are cartoons, comic strips or comic books.

The unit includes a 29-page textbook in PDF format. There are also 18 pages of handouts and activities for students. In addition, teachers get a 40-page teacher guide in PDF format full of ideas for teaching the unit.

In the next lecture, we will go into detail on what is expected of you in each of the five modules getting your learners to write well.