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Essay Writing Course

  • Course level: All Levels

About Course

Perfect your essay writing skills with this online Essay Writing Course that can be accessed anywhere, any time on any device. Spread out over 9 concise lessons, this course will teach you how to write H1-worthy essays for the Leaving Cert exam.

Description

Who Is This Course Suitable For?

This online Essay Writing Course is suitable for 4th, 5th and 6th year students who are preparing for the Leaving Cert English exam. It is suitable for both Higher and Ordinary level students. The preparation of essays for both Paper 1 and Paper 2 will be covered.

Why Is This Course Important?

Essay writing is the single most important skill that is required for the Leaving Cert English examination. It is important to work on this skill and learn how to write essays effectively in order to achieve the best grade in the exam.

How Does It Work?

This online Essay Writing Course consists of 9 pre-recorded classes which can be accessed via a mobile phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer. This allows students to watch, pause and rewind the classes as many times as they’d like. Each class is approximately 20 -30 minutes long. At the end of each class, students are given a writing task to practice the tips and techniques that they learned for that specific genre/essay question. Students have access to an online forum where they can ask the teacher any questions they have about the course or their own writing material. 

Who Is The Teacher?

Helena is a fully qualified post-primary English and History teacher. She holds a First Class Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from Mary Immaculate College where she received the Excellence in English Language & Literature award, having obtained first place in the subject amongst her graduating B.A. class. She completed her Professional Master of Education (PME) degree in Trinity College Dublin.

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What Will I Learn?

  • How to write an introduction
  • How to structure paragraphs
  • How to write a conclusion
  • How to use quotes effectively
  • How to recognise and utilise the features of the five genres of language
  • How to structure essays specific to the topic (poetry/comparative/single text/composition)

Topics for this course

9 Lessons4h 15m

How to Write an Introduction?

This lesson will teach you how to write clear, concise and well written introductions for essays in papers 1 and 2 of the English Leaving Cert exam. It will identify the features of a good introduction, show you examples of good introductions and give you the task of writing an introduction for a single text essay.

Understanding Paragraphs?

This lesson will help you to understand the importance of paragraphs. It will identify the main features of a paragraph and show you how to construct a paragraph. You will also be given the task of writing a paragraph for a prescribed poetry essay. 

How to Write a Conclusion?

This lesson will teach you how to write clear, concise and well written conclusions for essays in papers 1 and 2 of the English Leaving Cert exam. It will identify the features of a good conclusion, show you examples of good conclusions and give you the task of writing a conclusion for a single text essay.

Paper 1 – Composition (Part 1)?

This lesson will teach you how to write a personal essay, a short story and a speech. It will identify the main features of each of these 3 essay types, show you samples of each essay type and teach you how to structure each essay type. This lesson will also help you to use and understand three of the five language genres: The language of narration, aesthetic language and the language of persuasion.

Paper 1 – Composition (Part 2)?

This lesson will teach you how to write feature articles, debates and diary entries. It will identify the main features of each of these 3 essay types, show you samples of each essay type and teach you how to structure each essay type. This lesson will also help you to use and understand two of the five languages genres: The language of information and the language of argument.

Paper 2 – Single Text?

This lesson will teach you how to write an essay for the single text. Using King Lear as an example, it will identify areas that you should focus on when studying your single text, such as characters and themes. This lesson will show you how to structure a single text essay, give you an example of a good single text essay and give you a writing task based on your single text.

Paper 2 – Comparative (Part 1)?

This lesson will teach you how to write an introduction and conclusion for the comparative essay. It will teach you how to structure paragraphs for the comparative essay and show you a sample paragraph for this type of essay. This lesson will also go through the different types of questions asked for this particular essay at both Higher and Ordinary Levels. The mode of Theme or Issue will be focused on for Higher Level students while the mode of Theme will be focused on for Ordinary Level students.

Paper 2 – Comparative (Part 2)?

This lesson will revisit the simple structure of a paragraph in the comparative essay. The modes of General Vision and Viewpoint and Cultural Context will be focused on for Higher Level students. The modes of Social Settings and Relationships will be focused on for Ordinary Level students. Samples will be shown and a writing task is given at the end.

Paper 2 – Prescribed Poetry?

This lesson will teach you how to write an essay for the prescribed poetry question for both Higher and Ordinary levels. It will go through the structure of this type of essay, show you a sample paragraph to help you identify the main features and provide you with a writing task at the end. 

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Material Includes

  • Access to an online forum where you can ask questions based on the course content or your own writing material

Requirements

  • Internet access
  • Mobile phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer
  • Exam papers
  • Writing materials

Target Audience

  • 4th, 5th and 6th year students who want to perfect their essay writing skills
  • Higher and Ordinary levels