ENGL 215
Foundations of Academic Writing: From Grammatically Correct Sentences to Well-Developed Paragraphs

This course helps students develop basic writing skills by practicing writing paragraphs and essays. Students learn to write organized, supported and coherent paragraphs using grammatically correct sentences. This course will place emphasis on both macro-level composition skills such as: paragraph and essay structure, coherence and unity; and micro-level skills such as sentence structure, grammar, vocabulary, and mechanics. Students will analyze and address the typical trouble spots in these areas.

This course is for non-native and native English language speakers who need to improve their foundation in academic English writing. Students will choose a final project based on their particular goals.

This course will begin to develop students’ written communication skills, which will benefit their career and professional goals within the NIH community and beyond. This course is a first step in acquiring the writing skills needed to develop an effective cover letter or research statement.



Class Type

Graduate Course




Summer 2022