Online English Comprehensive Skills Course

Why Penn Foster?

  • Accredited
  • Self-Paced
  • Supportive
  • Low monthly payments

Program Overview

Develop your reading and writing skills with Penn Foster’s English: Comprehensive Skills in Reading and Writing Program. Learn by reading, writing, and using reference materials, and gain the skills to properly use parts of speech, sentence structure, and the writing process.

With Penn Foster, you train at home on your own time, and at a pace that’s right for you. And you can complete this program in as little as two months.

Curriculum Details

Course 1

Comprehensive English

Learn the comprehensive English reading skills you’ll need in business and everyday life.

Objectives:

  • Select main ideas and interpret what you read.
  • Make inferences and draw conclusions.
  • Distinguish fact from opinion and detect bias.
  • Use imagery, similes, and metaphors in your writing.
  • Understand and analyze characters, setting, plot, conflict, and theme in fiction writing.

Course 2

Practical English

Practice and improve your writing knowledge and skills.

Objectives:

  • Identify basic parts of speech.
  • Describe the writing process.
  • Compare poetry and prose.
  • Compose unified, coherent, and effectively structured paragraphs.
  • Write an essay with an introduction, body, and conclusion.
  • Write courtesy letters and formal invitations.
  • Create business letters and interoffice memos.
  • Write a factual report, a letter of application for a job, and a resume with a cover letter.
Additional Course Materials

Supplements:

  • The Parts of Speech
  • Word Usage
  • Sentence Skills
  • Winning with Words

Course 3

Written Communication

Learn to communicate more effectively and interpret writing and speech.

Objectives:

  • Recognize and use both formal and informal English for letter writing.
  • Use effective and appropriate vocabulary.
  • Express your feelings, thoughts, and ideas easily and accurately.
  • Talk to others and write with more confidence.
  • Interpret and understand what people say and what you read.
Additional Course Material

Textbook: Word Power Made Easy


Computer Specifications
You will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. You will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows XP® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to complete your program with Penn Foster.

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Sample Lesson

To view an English: Comprehensive Skills sample lesson, click here.

English: Comprehensive Skills in Reading and Writing Program Details

Penn Foster will help you gain the knowledge and skills you need:

  • Selecting main ideas and interpreting what you read
  • Composing unified, coherent, and effectively structured paragraphs
  • Writing letters
  • Using effective and appropriate vocabulary
  • Expressing your feelings, thoughts, and ideas easily and accurately

The completion of a certificate-level program does not typically qualify a student for employment. Completion of this program may assist students who have previous academic or work related experience improve their chances for promotion or entry-level employment.

The English Comprehension Skills in Reading and Writing Certificate Program helps you learn to read and write effectively in English. You will learn at your own pace through writing, reading, and using reference materials. Here are a few qualities that effective readers and writers have in common:

  • Independent: You are self-motivated and work best on your own.
  • Detail oriented: It’s important to have a sharp eye and check things twice.
  • Patient: You understand that good work takes time, and you work well despite obstacles.

My overall experience with Penn Foster was great. You are allowed to go at your own speed, and the school gives encouragement to keep you going. I would recommend Penn Foster.

- James R., Penn Foster Graduate

I really liked that the Penn Foster programs are so systematic. Each lesson builds on what you have learned and it all works together. I also liked the feeling of being part of a class, even though I did all the classes online. Thank you, Penn Foster for being there for me. I am proud of myself for graduating.

- Miriam S., Penn Foster Graduate

I would like to say that enrolling with Penn Foster Career School was the best choice that I ever made. I would recommend Penn Foster. I just have to say 'Thank You' to Penn Foster for achieving my goal.

- Francisco C., Penn Foster Graduate

We make sure you have everything you need:

  • Graduate debt free with 0% interest
  • Learning aids included
  • Study Planner App to customize your study plans and keep track of your progress
  • Instructional support from our world-class faculty
  • Access 24/7 to Penn Foster’s online campus, plus immediate membership in the English: Comprehensive Skills in Reading and Writing Certificate academic group
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

Are writing students at Penn Foster required to start blogs?

Writing students are not required to start blogs, but are absolutely encouraged to find any opportunity or medium to help practice and improve their writing skills.

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