University Companion: College-Level Reading & Writing for Non-Native English Speakers

Practical techniques for excelling at academic English

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Whether you are enrolled in an English-speaking university or simply interested in advancing your skills, reading and writing in English at a high academic level can be especially difficult for non-native speakers.

This is where the University Companion course comes in!

In this course, you will learn practical techniques for both reading and writing in college-level English. You'll gain confidence and skills, and in the end, have the tools to succeed in a university-level English writing course, as well as better formal English skills.

1. Reading Strategies (free!)
2. Brainstorming and Pre-Writing
3. Finding Your Thesis (Main Idea)
4. Writing Your Introduction
5. Drafting Your Body Paragraphs
6A. Incorporating Quotes
6B. Paraphrasing vs. Quoting
7. How to Cite Your Sources
8. Writing Conclusions
9. Revising - Editing, Proofreading, and the Big Picture

Downloadable material
1. A PDF explaining the topic / techniques of the module
2. Audio version of the PDF
3. A video demonstrating the topic / techniques of the module (using a Prezi interactive presentation)
4. The link to the Prezi used in the video.
5. Instructions on what to practice for the module.

This course is great for non-native English speakers who are:

  • Enrolled in a college English course
  • Enrolled in an English-speaking university
  • Have a goal of entering an English-speaking university
  • Anyone studying for the TOEFL or IELTS exams
  • Anyone who wants to improve their professional communication in English
  • Anyone who needs to communicate formally in English

Want to use "University Companion" in your class or program? Adopt it as required materials for your course, or put it on a course "recommended" list, and your students will receive 25%-50% off published prices. (Tiered discount depends on projected enrollment.) Contact me for more details: [email protected]

I (Teacher Amanda!) began teaching English for non-native speakers in 2009 after - strangely enough - struggling to speak Portuguese in Brazil. The experience made me want to help people in similar situations who are learning English.

I have taught English at Columbia College (Chicago), College of DuPage (Glen Ellyn, IL), San Francisco State University, and CSU Monterey Bay, as well as several language schools in the U.S. and Brazil.

I have a CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) and a Master's Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages -- and I love teaching!

Your Instructor

Amanda Snyder
Amanda Snyder

Holding both a CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) and a Master's Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Teacher Amanda has taught all ages of English learners in both the United States and internationally

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund. The only thing to note is that you'll be required to show that you worked through at least the first *two* units and send me the items from the "Practice" portion of the units.

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