• Course Introduction

        • Time: 15 hours
        • Free Certificate
        • CEFR Level B1
        Developing skills in a second language involves understanding how the language works and taking the time to practice using it. ESL002 encourages you to work with new grammar ideas and word choices and practice using those topics to write about yourself and develop your writing skills.

        In Unit 1, you will learn how past and present tenses change the meaning of what you read and write. Unit 2 improves your ability to read actively as you skim, scan, and read intensively. In Unit 3, you will read more to collect new vocabulary and learn strategies to develop it more with synonyms, antonyms, and suffixes. Unit 4 brings these skills together as you write a narrative paragraph about something you learned in the past. By the end of ESL002, you will be able to use different tenses to describe past experiences and explain to a reader how you best learn.

        • Course Syllabus

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        • How Good is Your English?

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        • Unit 1: Language Skills

          Unit 1 introduces you to basic concepts related to using verbs in Standard English: tense, aspect, and mood. This will help you explain two things when you speak or write in English. First, you can show when the actions you describe take place. Also, you can show your attitude toward those actions. In this unit, we will focus on the most commonly used tenses in English. We will review how each is formed, what makes them different, and when each is used. Finally, you will practice recognizing these tenses and then using them to create your own sentences.

          Completing this unit should take you approximately 5 hours.

        • Unit 2: Reading to Comprehend

          Unit 2 reviews active reading strategies discussed in ESL001, focusing on careful reading and features of narrative texts. Skimming, scanning, careful reading, making predictions, and using context clues will help you better comprehend (understand) what you read. In this unit, you will practice these skills to improve your comprehension of different texts in English.

          Completing this unit should take you approximately 2 hours.

        • Unit 3: Reading to Improve

          In Unit 3, you'll learn to find synonyms and antonyms and create word families with suffixes. Building your vocabulary with synonyms will help you avoid repetition and be more specific when you explain yourself. In this unit, you'll practice finding multiple meanings for words and their synonyms. This unit concludes with an activity where you'll build your vocabulary using the strategies we'll cover.

          Completing this unit should take you approximately 3 hours.

        • Unit 4: Reading to Write – Writing About the Past

          Unit 4 combines the lessons in units 1, 2, and 3. In this unit, you'll read about events in the past and see how timelines are used to write about events. Then you'll write about an event in your past and share it in the class discussion forum.

          Completing this unit should take you approximately 4 hours.

          • 4.1: Paragraph Basics – Let's Study

            The materials below include information about writing basic paragraphs in Standard English. After you read the explanations and watch the videos to learn about narrative paragraphs, you will be able to test your understanding by completing practice activities.

          • 4.2: Paragraph Basics – Let's Practice

            These activities allow you to find out how well you understand the basic parts of a paragraph. If you have a difficult time recognizing these elements, you may return to review the information in the Let's Study section and then try these practice activities again.

          • 4.3: Paragraph Basics – Let's Apply

            Now that you know about each element of a paragraph and narratives, let's see if we can use this knowledge to write a narrative paragraph.

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          • Putting It All Together

            You have learned about some writing strategies that can help you communicate clearly when writing in English. This section will help you review what you have learned in Unit 4.

          • Unit 4 Assessment

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        • Certificate Final Exam

          Take this exam if you want to earn a free Course Completion Certificate.

          To receive a free Course Completion Certificate, you will need to earn a grade of 70% or higher on this final exam. Your grade for the exam will be calculated as soon as you complete it. If you do not pass the exam on your first try, you can take it again as many times as you want, with a 7-day waiting period between each attempt.

          Once you pass this final exam, you will be awarded a free Course Completion Certificate.