Learn Academic Writing online at Square School

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Whether you are an international student, a recent immigrant, or a native English speaker, expressing yourself in formal edited English is an essential skill, and for many people, a significant challenge. Good writing requires accurate grammar, a broad range of lexical resources, logical structures, and effective use of rhetorical devices. Over the past twenty years, I have helped many hundreds of students with these aspects of academic writing in my seminars at universities in Canada and abroad. Now, at Square School, you too can learn to write with clarity, force, and logic, hallmarks of mature academic prose.

Professor MacDonald helped me greatly with my academic writing skills. His help was vital when I was trying to complete my M.A. thesis. HIs lessons were well planned and organized, yet fun and interesting and always had a clear objective. I found Professor MacDonald to be an excellent teacher and would highly recommend his seminars to anyone working to improve their English writing.
— Stuart Jones, UK

Ian MacDonald taught me English writing for academic papers. He was a fantastic teacher. He is able to explain complicated concepts clearly and make subjects like grammar very interesting. He is one of the best teachers I have ever had.
— Tim Yackley, USA

Language courses at Square School

  • Grammar Foundations

    Course length
    6 weeks

    Course price
    $930 CAD

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    Combining the insights of contemporary composition researchers and linguists, this seminar makes a connection between writing and grammar that has long been missing in traditional writing courses.

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  • Graduate students

    Course length
    36 hours

    Course price
    $930 CAD

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    In this seminar we focus on essential skills for successful academic writing at the graduate level.

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  • IELTS academic writing

    Course length
    36 hours

    Course price
    $930 CAD

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    This writing workshop is designed to help you achieve the band score you need for university admission or employment opportunities.

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