Course Description

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.

Learner Outcomes

When you complete the course successfully, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of different types of sentences.
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of effective paragraph structure.
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of basic essay structure.
  • Employ the stages of the writing process, including pre-writing, drafting and re-writing.
  • Recognize and correct basic grammatical errors.
  • Summarize and paraphrase effectively.
  • Understand and avoid plagiarism.
  • Write more effectively in English.

Textbook Information

A textbook is available for this course. 
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There are no prerequisites for this course.

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Funding Justification Guide

Some labs and institutes may have specific funds set aside for trainees to continue their education and professional development. FAES has created a guide intended to help trainees request funds that may be available and, if they are available, request use of the training funds for continued professional development. More details

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