Writing Basics

Course Code: WBA101
Start Date: 2023/1/28 End Date: 2023/4/8 Day: Sat Time: 11:00-12:50 Hours: 20 Sessions: 10 Semester: Spring Medium of Instruction: English Location: In-Person (Tokyo)

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Course Description

Did you know that each culture has its own unique format of writing? Writing, even in one's own language, is difficult and one that requires the most effort to achieve mastery in a second language. And yet, as adults, how we wish we could write in a way that English speakers readily understand. This is a class for those who wish to acquire the very basic skills of writing in the English language. Starting from simple paragraph writing to diary writing and moving on to easy essay writing, you will learn how to use the basic tools that enable the smooth flow of thoughts in simple English writing.

Learning Objectives

1. To distinguish the different forms of writing.
2. To familiarize oneself with the 6 writing styles.
3. To know when to use each of the writing styles.


No required textbook


Marni Cueno

Instructor Biography

Marni Cueno holds a M.Sc. in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology from the University of the Philippines (Los Banos) and a PhD in Medical Science from Nagoya City University Graduate School of Medical Sciences. He has also obtained certifications in TESOL (Teaching English as a Secondary Language) from Arizona State University and Data Analytics from Temple University (Ambler campus). Currently a Research Scientist at Nihon University School of Dentistry, he has authored several manuscripts published in peer-reviewed international journals. He has received international awards and fellowships from the Bill Gates Foundation (USA), Wellcome Trust (UK), Society for Free Radical Research (SFFR)-Asia, and Singaporean Society for Immunology (SgSI). In his spare time, he teaches computer-based image analytics, network analytics, and structural analytics to high school students studying in an international school and, likewise, assists both undergraduate and graduate students from varying universities with English-related tasks, such as: manuscript writing and editing, business correspondence writing, oral and poster presentations, and TOEFL preparation.