Effective Writing

Course Name:  Effective Writing

Day(s)/time of class: Tuesdays 18:00-20:00 (Irish time)

Course length: 6 weeks, 12 hours in class + self-study and assignments for teacher feedback

Course dates: 

Block1: Tuesday 21 June - Tuesday 26 July 2022 - 6 weeks  - Course cost - €150*+

Block2: Tuesday 02 August - Tuesday 23 August 2022 - 4 weeks - Course cost - €100*+

You can continue from one block to another if you wish or blocks can be taken independently of one another.  Please indicate on the application form which block(s) you wish to take.

Level(s): B2 and higher

*Returning students receive a loyalty discount.  Please email infolang@ucc.ie for details. 

+UCC staff and students should email infolang@ucc.ie to enquire about special offers. 

Course overview

This course will help you to improve your writing skills.  You will receive some input from the teacher on how to write more effectively and have plenty of opportunities to practise writing and receive feedback from your teacher.  Although this is a course about writing skills, it will be in an interactive format where students are expected to participate and share ideas/opinions with others.

Learning objectives

By the end of this course you will:

  • Be better able to write complex sentences
  • Be better aware of typical problems found in writing
  • Improve the overall structure of your writing
  • Be better able to write in a coherent and cohesive way
  • Be aware of how to avoid generalisations when writing
  • Be better able to use linking words effectively
  • Know how to write an argumentative essay and an “advantages/disadvantages” essay
  • Be better aware of the differences between formal and informal writing
Weekly course plan (may change slightly depending on class needs)

Week 1:


Sentence types - writing simple, compound, and complex sentences

Sentence structure problems - fragment sentences, run-ons, etc.

Week 2:

Paragraph structure - Introductions, main body, conclusions

Week 3:

Improving your coherence and cohesion in writing

Week 4:

Using hedging language to avoid generalisations in writing

Writing argumentative essays

Week 5:

Linking words of contrast and concession

Writing advantages and disadvantages essays

Week 6:

Linking words of addition and sequencing

Differences between formal and informal writing

Student Feedback/Assessment

Students will receive regular feedback from their teachers on their progress.  Feedback will be given based on work submitted for corrections.  There will be no formal assessment on this course.

Minimum class numbers

A minimum number of 4 students will be required for this class to run. If 4 students do not sign up, you will be offered to transfer to another course (depending on level), postpone to another term, or a refund.

Online class connection requirements

Microsoft Teams application - cameras on during class time.

A good internet connection and a quiet space where you are free to speak (headphones/earphones optional).

Attendance/End of course certificate

Attendance will be taken in every class.  If you attend 80% of your lessons, you will receive an end-of-course certificate.  Please advise the teacher if you know in advance that you will be absent.

How To Apply

Open for applications. Summer School 2022 application form

Queries please to: eflsummerschool@ucc.ie 

IT requirements to join our courses: 

All students are required to bring to class a fully-charged laptop (with audio and video) and headphones to ensure full participation and access to course materials and a more valuable student experience.  A reliable internet connection is required (this is provided by UCC for on-campus students). You should download Microsoft Teams to your laptop before starting your course. UCC recommends the use of Chrome browser for best interaction with all its applications.  Please note that a laptop is a device that is suitable for study purposes and students who use another device such as a tablet will not be able to access some functions. A smartphone is not considered to be a suitable device for study purposes.

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