Academic English: Writing Specialization

Starts Oct 21

Academic English: Writing Specialization

Transform Your Writing Skills. Prepare for college-level writing and research in just four courses.

About This Specialization

The skills taught in this Specialization will empower you to succeed in any college-level course or professional field. You’ll learn to conduct rigorous academic research and to express your ideas clearly in an academic format. In the final Capstone Project, all the knowledge that you’ve gained over the span of these courses will culminate into an academic research paper on an issue of your choice.

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5 courses

Follow the suggested order or choose your own.


Designed to help you practice and apply the skills you learn.


Highlight your new skills on your resume or LinkedIn.

Beginner Specialization.
No prior experience required.
  1. COURSE 1

    Grammar and Punctuation

    4 weeks of study, 4-5 hours/week
    English, Arabic, Catalan, Vietnamese, Spanish

    About the Course

    Course 1: Grammar and Punctuation Do you need to review English grammar? Have you forgotten the grammar you once studied? If so, this course is perfect for you. The first course in this specialization is a refresher on some tools needed
  2. COURSE 2

    Getting Started with Essay Writing

    4 weeks of study, 1-3 hours/week
    English, Arabic

    About the Course

    Course 2: Getting Started with Essay Writing This is the second course in the Academic English: Writing specialization. By introducing you to three types of academic essays, this course will especially help prepare you for work in college classes, but an
  3. COURSE 3

    Advanced Writing

    2-3 hours/ week for 4 weeks
    English, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Vietnamese, Hindi

    About the Course

    Course 3: Advanced Writing This is the third course in the Academic English: Writing specialization. By raising your level of academic writing, this course helps prepare you for college-level work. After completing this course, you will be able to:
  4. COURSE 4

    Introduction to Research for Essay Writing

    4 weeks of study, 1-3 hours/week
    English, Hindi, Persian

    About the Course

    Course 4: Introduction to Research for Essay Writing This is the last course in the Academic Writing specialization before the capstone project. By the end of this course, you will be able to complete all the steps in planning a research paper
  5. COURSE 5

    Project: Writing a Research Paper

    Upcoming session: Nov 26
    6 weeks of study, 1-3 hours/week
    English, Hindi

    About the Capstone Project

    Welcome to the capstone project for the Academic English: Writing Specialization! This project lets you apply everything you’ve learned and gives you the practice you need for college classes by having you write a research paper. You'll have several d


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  • Tamy Chapman

    Tamy Chapman

    Instructor, International Programs
  • Brad Gilpin

    Brad Gilpin

  • Helen Nam

    Helen Nam