Dear Dr. Bebawi, This course was an awakening for me. Before I took this course, I had problems with writing and speaking in English. Today, I have completed the course, I have discovered my weaknesses. I will use all the information which I have learned from this course to improve my English skills. I also realize that I have much work to do to move up to the next level. I will not stop learning. Thank you very much for your teaching, Dr. Bebawi."
Dr. Sabri: I want to tell you, "thanks" for this course. I am discovering my weaknesses, and I am trying to improve in my writing of English. This course is valuable for me because it put to me on the right track. See you in another course that I am thinking of taking."
Wow, I really enjoyed taking this course, I've learned a lot, I got the answers for a lot of doubts I had. I loved the way you explained everything, you made it all as clear as possible. Thank You Sabri, because I completed my final exam and I reached my goal...100 % on my score, I was shocked!!! I would recommend this course to my friends, and I would like to take more in the future. It was my first time taking an online course and I liked it."
I would like to briefly make a comment on your course. I have found it hugely resourceful, in particular, Lesson 8. I have been using English everyday for 8 years and I often produce documents at my workplace. I knew that my grammar was not perfect and my sentence organization needed much improvement, yet I hadn't been taught about how to write concisely. I didn't even know English readers prefer concise, to the point writing. My first language prefers writing that contains many descriptive words, so I assumed that English was the same in this regard. Now I know I should aim to produce a rich writing with concise words, not as many words as possible. This was an eye-opener to me. Thank you"
I took this course to improve my writing skills and in result I got even more then expected. I became more confident in writing and refreshing my grammar skills. The lessons were written in a easy-to-understand manner. It is especially important for ESL student. There were many useful tips and examples, which helps to understand the material. Dr. Sabri Bebawi is a great instructor and no doubt the expert in this area of studying. I appreciate his feedback and recommendations, they helped a lot during the process of study. So for sure I will recommend Dr. Sabri Bebawi and this course to others!"
Course Code: wfe
In the first lesson you will explore the key differences between speaking and writing. You will gain and understanding of the whole writing process from the prewriting stage to the final editing stage. Then you will learn tow effective methods for generating ideas to write about by using brainstorming and clustering. Once you have your ideas, you will look at how to organize them in an outline. You will then look at two crucial elements and any written piece: the topic sentence and paragraphs.
In this lesson you will learn how to write effective essays. This will hone your writing and thinking skills and help you develop and connect your ideas in a clear, logical, focused way. You will also explore and be able to write a strong thesis statement. Then you will learn about three different essay types: descriptive, narrative, and explanatory. You will be provided with lots of examples to show you how to write each kind of essay.
This lesson will show you how to apply what you have learned so far too many other kinds of essays. You will learn about the compare and contrast essay that lets you examine, describe, and explain the similarities and differences between at least two topics. Then you will sharpen your logical skills by learning how to write cause and effect essays. Once again, you will be provided with sample essays to help you in your own writing.
This lesson will show you how to argue your point of view convincingly. You will learn to develop a sound thesis, organize your supporting evidence, and explain your argument fairly and persuasively. This lesson will teach you to think critically as well as recognize and avoid fallacies. Then you will strengthen your grammar skills. You will study the art of wording and learn to rephrase wordy, redundant, and vague language. You will learn how to correctly use homophones and homonyms and how to guard against slang and clichés so you can communicate well in any setting.
In this lesson you will examine verb tenses and inflections, subject-verb agreement issues, and active vs. passive voice. Then you will review important features of nouns and pronouns, adjectives and adverbs, prepositions, and conjunctions. You will look at the tree types of clauses and gain another technique for trimming wordiness.
Learn how to avoid some common problems with subjects and objects so that your writing will always be clear. You will discover the humor in misplaced and unclear words and phrases. Then you will focus on punctuation. Finally, you will see how to apply all you have learned to your workplace
Dr. Sabri Bebawi has been a college instructor for 20 years. His educational background includes law, journalism, and English education, with a Ph.D. in education and instructional technology. Dr. Bebawi has worked as a journalist in Europe and in the United States, writing on a wide range of topics.
A basic understanding of English grammar.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.