A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
How does it work? Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
Lesson 01 - Using Nouns, Pronouns, and Adjectives
Today we'll explore three common parts of speech: The noun, pronoun, and adjective. We'll review some of the basic types of nouns and you'll learn how to tell the difference between them. Then, we'll explore pronouns. You'll learn how personal and possessive pronouns are used as well as how subject and object pronouns and used in sentences. Finally, we'll take a look at adjectives and articles. You'll explore how adjectives modify nouns and how to use them in your writing.
Lesson 02 - Using Verbs and Adverbs
Today we'll explore verbs and adjectives. You'll take a look at both action verbs and linking verbs. We will review the basic types of verb tenses and how to use them effectively in your writing. Finally, we'll explore adverbs, which modify verbs, adjectives and other adverbs. You'll learn how to use (and not overuse them) in your writing.
Lesson 03 - Using Prepositions, Conjunctions, and Interjections
Today we'll look at the last three parts of speech: prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections. Prepositions show relationships between nouns and pronouns. Conjunctions are used to connect words, phrases, and clauses within a sentence. Finally, interjections are used to show feeling and emotion. You'll see how these three parts of speech work in sentences and how to use them correctly in your writing.
Lesson 04 - Capitalization and Punctuation
In this lesson, you'll explore the most common types of punctuation (except the comma). You'll explore the needed capitalization rules and also take a look at the three types of end punctuation. You'll also explore the rules and usage for colons, semicolons, quotations, apostrophes, and parenthesis. By the end of this lesson you'll be able to use these punctuation marks correctly and effectively.
Lesson 05 - Commas
In this lesson, you'll explore the most common type of punctuation, the comma. You'll explore the various rules that govern comma usage in the English language while also learning how to use commas effectively in your writing. By the end of this lesson you'll know how to place commas correctly in a variety of sentences.
Lesson 06 - Sentences
In this lesson, you'll explore complete and incomplete sentences. You'll see what makes a sentence complete and how to avoid incomplete sentences. Then, we'll turn our attention to the kinds of sentences in the English language: Declarative (makes a statement), Interrogative (asks a question), Imperative (issues a command), and Exclamatory (shows strong emotion). Finally, you'll explore some common problems and pitfalls to avoid when writing sentences.
Lesson 07 - Plural and Possessive Words
In this lesson, you'll explore plural and possessive words. Plural words refer to more than one; while, possessive words refer to nouns and pronouns and show ownership. There are several rules you must follow to form plural and possessive words and there are also exceptions to those rules. In this lesson, you'll explore the rules and have plenty of opportunities to practice your new grammar skills.
Lesson 08 - Difficult and Confusing Words
In this lesson, you'll explore some of the most difficult and confusing words in the English language. There are many words that spell or sound similar, yet have very different meanings. In this lesson, you'll explore those words, including homophones, and you'll have plenty of opportunities to practice your new skills. In your writing, you never want to use the wrong words and this lesson will help you avoid those common pitfalls.
Lesson 09 - Phrases
In this lesson, you'll learn about phrases in the English language. Phrases are groups of words that have distinct meanings and perform certain functions within a sentence. In this lesson, you'll explore the following types of phrases, including prepositional phrases, appositive phrases, gerund phrases, adverb phrases, adjective phrases, infinitive phrases, participle phrases, and absolute phrases. You'll have plenty of opportunities to explore examples and practice your skills with each type of phrase.
Lesson 10 - Agreement
In this lesson, you'll explore the issue of agreement. Within the English language, parts of a sentence must agree in different ways. We'll explore subject / verb agreement, as these two sentence parts must agree in number. We'll also take a look at pronoun / antecedent agreement, as these two parts must agree in number and gender. Finally, we'll also see how using the correct conjunctions can correctly connect words or sentence parts together. You'll have plenty of opportunities to practice these agreement issues and resolve common agreement problems.
Lesson 11 - Common Sentence Problems
In English, words come together to create sentences. A sentence is a unit of thought, and each sentence must contain a subject and a verb to be complete. However, there are three common sentence errors that writers often make. In this lesson, you'll explore those three common errors, the run-on, the comma splice, and the fragment. You'll learn how to avoid these errors in your writing and how to fix these common problems. You'll have plenty of opportunities to practice your skills in this lesson.
Lesson 12 - Becoming a Better Writer
The study of grammar doesn't stand on its own. The purpose of studying grammar is to improve your English speaking and writing skills. As we wrap up the course, we'll put your grammar skills to work and look at ten writing tips that can help you. You'll explore the ten tips and have opportunities to practice your writing skills in this lesson.