This course is designed to introduce the basic elements of academic writing and improve the students’ ability to properly organize and express themselves in clear, coherent and grammatically correct English. Various types of basic skills will covered, including outlining, paragraph writing, and frequent opportunities will be provided for practicing the various types of academic writing forms. In addition to learning the basic types of writing, students will focus on improving their critical thinking skills, grammar and vocabulary throughout the course. Writing topics will cover a broad range of issues, from social and historical topics to political and economic themes. Pre-writing tasks will include class discussions, focused grammar practice, or authentic media presentations. Selected articles will be presented for analysis and discussion and further used as a writing topic.