Writing Basics

Course Code: WBA101
Day: Sat Time: 13:30-15:50 Hours: 20 Sessions: 8 Semester: Fall Instructional Language: English Location: Online English Proficiency Level: Lower Intermediate

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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


Thomas Meyer

Instructor Biography

Thomas Meyer is both an educationalist and researcher, having obtained a master’s degree in education research methodology from the University of Cambridge and a doctorate from the University of Oxford in the sociology of education. Thomas currently teaches courses on academic English, test preparation, including IELTS and TOEFL, as well as research methodology at several Tokyo-area universities including Temple University Japan Campus. A longtime resident of Japan, Thomas is an avid cyclist.