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● Integrated package: textbook, online multimedia material and self-study web site ● Interesting topics for student writing assignments ● Writing styles and techniques cover a variety of needs ● Additional material online for students and teachers ● Full and free online support ● Student online activities fully trackable by the teacher ● Auto-marking online tests and downloadable paper-based tests

The English Course – Writing Book 1 (Second Edition) is an integrated writing course for false beginners and pre-intermediate to lower intermediate (CEFR A2/B1 level) students. It is principally intended for students at college or university and/or young adult learners. The aim of the course is to provide structured opportunities of increasing complexity. Stimulating and relevant topics encourage and enable students to learn and develop basic English writing skills. The course is designed to be usable with a teacher in the classroom and by students in self-access situations. The course takes a back-to-basics approach for the early units and then material and tasks gradually develop in length and difficulty. The course is intended to make learning to write in English enjoyable and interesting. The topics chosen for each unit are contemporary, age-appropriate, internationally understood and hopefully interesting to students. The writing situations are realistic and plausible in terms of the students’ English language needs. Each unit in the textbook teaches an important writing skill and is divided into two foci that help students develop competence in utilizing that particular skill. The principal components are this textbook and a self-access web site for each student. There is also a workbook for students to use for their writing (available as an optional additional purchase). There are also teacher guides and answer keys for each unit on the course web site.

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Unit 1 − Getting started Focus 1: Writing simple sentences Focus 2: Understanding other common errors in sentences ● How to write correct sentences ● How to recognise, find and understand common errors in sentences Unit 2 – Writing Better Sentences Focus 1: Writing compound sentences Focus 2: Writing complex sentences ● How to write compound sentences ● How to write complex sentences Unit 3 – Writing paragraphs Focus 1: What a paragraph in English should look like Focus 2: Understanding what paragraphs are ● What a paragraph should look like ● How to organize your paragraphs Unit 4 – Brainstorming Focus 1: Brainstorming to get ideas for your writing Focus 2: Developing your ideas ● How to create clusters and lists ● How to develop your ideas further Unit 5 – Creating Surveys Focus 1: Getting started with surveys Focus 2: Creating good survey questions and answers ● How to choose question types to use in a survey ● How to write good questions for a survey Unit 6 – Writing reports Focus 1: Organizing your survey report Focus 2: Explaining data and analysing results ● How to organize a research report ● How to explain research data

Unit 7 – Writing Reviews Focus 1: Understanding reviews Focus 2: Writing a review ● How to consider criteria for topics ● How to use adjectives and adverbs for explaining your thoughts ● How to write a review (giving your opinions)

Unit 8 – Writing About The Past Focus 1: Using the past tenses when writing Focus 2: Using time-sequence words in biographies ● How to use the simple past and the past continuous tense ● How to use time-sequence words ● How to write about an experience ● How to write a biography Unit 9 – Writing About The Future Focus 1: Writing about plans and ambitions Focus 2: Writing predictions ● How to use the simple future tense ● How to express probability ● How to write about plans and ambitions ● How to write predictions Unit 10 – Writing Narratives Focus 1: Planning and creating a story Focus 2: Making a story clearer and more interesting ● How to write a narrative ● How to organize information by time ● How to organize several paragraphs Unit 11 – Writing Essays Focus 1: Organizing essays Focus 2: Pre-writing and peer editing ● What an essay is ● Prewriting skills ● Rewriting skills ● The importance of peer editing Unit 12 – Publishing Yourself Online Focus 1: Understanding blog sites and regular web sites Focus 2: Creating a blog ● What blogs are and why people create them ● The difference between a blog and a regular web site ● How to plan, create and promote a blog Appendix – Additional Material Glossary of English grammar and writing terms

All units of the book share the same basic design. The suggested schedule for teaching most of the units in the course is shown below. Some units do not exactly fit into this pattern, however. For example, the number and placement of tasks within each unit varies from unit to unit. Some activities will require more time than others.

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Week 3: Follow-up (either in-class and/or by self-access) Task 8 (or Task 9/Task 10) Students complete a final writing assignment.

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Gary Ireland was born in Leicester, England. Having first visited Japan as a backpacker in 1986, Gary returned in 1988 and began to teach English at a language school. He has lived in Japan ever since. He taught at a wide variety of institutions before beginning to teach in college and university in 1993, and has taught at eight Tokyo colleges and universities since. Currently, he is a professor at a university in Tokyo. After graduating from university and before settling in Japan, Gary spent several years travelling around the world, and has continued to travel widely since moving to Japan. He has visited over 50 different countries in Asia, Europe, Africa, and Central America. Gary and Max created the idea for The English Course series and set up The English Company in 2007.

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Max Woollerton is also British. He came to Japan in 1987 and began teaching English at a private language school. Within six months, he had moved on to working in a vocational college and was the coordinator for a course on current issues and a course teaching English for Special Purposes. Between 1996 and 1999, he broadened his experience by teaching students of every age and level in a variety of institutions. Max began teaching in universities in 1999 and has taught at eight Tokyo universities as a part-time instructor. In 2004, Max gained a Master of Education degree at the University of Manchester (Education Technology and ELT Programme). Since 2012, he has been a full-time associate professor at Chuo University in Tokyo. In 2018-2019, he was a visiting researcher at the School of Education and Lifelong Learning at the University of East Anglia in the UK.

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