Whatever your goals, a grasp of English grammar is important if you want to improve your speaking and writing skills. This course will help you gain confidence in your ability to produce clean, grammatically correct work. You'll explore the basics of English grammar—like sentence structure and punctuation—as well as more sophisticated concepts—like logic and clarity. A patient instructor, memorable lessons, vivid examples, and interactive exercises will give you ample opportunity to put what you learn into practice. Reacquaint yourself with old, forgotten rules, meet some new ones, and discover your own grammatical strengths.
Grammar Refresher II
Take your grammar and writing skills to the next level! In this course, you’ll review the foundational elements of grammar, including the parts of speech, and master the basics of punctuation and mechanics.
Next, you’ll explore sentence structure, nouns and pronouns, and you’ll work with the different kinds of verb tenses. You’ll also explore adjective and adverb use and be introduced to some “best practices” for using these parts of speech effectively in your writing.
Then, you’ll take a look at phrases and clauses, as well as parallelism, coordination, and subordination. You’ll see how different phrases and clauses fit together in sentences so that your writing is clear, concise, and meaningful.
Finally, you’ll put your skills to work as you explore some different kinds of business writing, paragraph writing, and even formal essay writing. By the time you’re done with the course, you’ll not only have the advanced grammar skills you need, you’ll also understand how to use those skills in practical ways.
About The Instructor
Ellen Feld holds a master's degree in writing from the Johns Hopkins University and has taught several classroom and online college writing courses over the past 30 years, including creative writing, developmental writing, and English composition. Ellen has worked as a newspaper reporter and copy chief, personal essayist, website reviewer, and writer of computer-based training courseware. Her children's book, Paragon and Jubilee, was published in 2010.
Curt Simmons is a teacher and freelance writer. Curt holds a master's degree in education and numerous technical industry certifications, and he is the author of more than 50 books on a wide variety of topics including computer training, test preparation, and public speaking. He has written custom courseware for a number of major U.S. companies as well as iPhone applications.