College Writing Made Simple 3

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Course Discussion

The Cause and Effect Essay

Level: Intermediate 2
Instructor: Richard P Carrigan, MSE
Available: Current


College Writing 310 is a teacher-assisted, self-study course designed to build a foundation for academic level coursework.

In this course, you will learn the process of writing a cause and effect essay. You will study strategies for learning vocabulary, understanding authentic reading passages, summarizing, and making outlines. When you have finished this course, you will be prepared to plan, write, and revise a academic level essay.

This course is for intermediate, non-native speakers of English who plan to attend a university in the United States and need to master academic reading and writing skills.

Lessons include video presentations, authentic reading passages, downloadable handouts, and interactive quizzes.

Excellent course for TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS, and GED preparation.

Scope and Sequence | College Writing 3


• Scanning
• Authentic reading passages
• Read for main ideas
• Read for details


• Writing Summaries
• Understand organization of cause and effect essay
• Make an outline
• Write a five-paragraph cause and effect essay
• Revise, edit, rewrite


• Strategies for new vocabulary
• Words from Academic Word List
• Definitions and Word families
• Collocations


• Gerunds and Infinitives

Learner Outcome

• Express your opinion on the effects of poverty and society.



In this course, we will work on developing a cause and effect essay. As we do, we will develop reading, vocabulary, and grammar skills necessary to complete the assignment.