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Grammar for ESL

This course is designed as an in-depth analysis of English grammar for intermediate to advanced English as Second Language college students. It is designed to prepare you for regular mainstream English classes.    

Grammar for ESL is one of the required courses in most college ESL programs to transfer to mainstream English or to transfer to a university. It establishes a foundation for continuous learning and serves as a complement to other courses that you may be taking or will take.

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
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Starting March 13 | April 17

Grammar for ESL


Details + Objectives

Course Code: esl

What You Will Learn
  • Learn the structure of standard English
  • Discover how English grammar follows a very logical structure
  • Learn to construct effective sentences
  • Discover that English depends on word order when forming a question
  • Learn how to make the verb agree with the subject
  • Appreciation for languages in general and English is particular
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Be prepared for mainstream English classes at the college level
  • Establish a foundation for continuous learning
  • Skills will serve as a complement to other courses you may take


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Week 1

This first lesson will surprise you at how simple grammar can be. Then you will discover how the English language functions and grasp the main verbs of English. You will also explore some of the language structures that can be confusing but once you’ve discovered the trick, they really aren’t confusing at all.

Week 2

This lesson will talk about past and present tenses. You will examine how verbs are manipulated to give specific meanings, and find out how to construct effective sentences in standard academic English. Then you’ll discover why it’s important to understand and use the future perfect tense in action words. You will also explore the difference between the infinitive (to go) and the gerund (going) forms and how to use them appropriately.  

Week 3

This lesson will make sense of using modals (words that help verbs give a specific meaning) correctly. Then you will learn to identify the active and passive voice or, who did what to whom, which is important to help you detect deceitful statements others may make in and effort to persuade you to do something.

Week 4

This lesson will explain the difference between a clause and a phrase. You will also learn how questions are formed in English. Then you will examine what English speakers do to change a quoted speech to a reported speech. 

Week 5

In today’s lesson you will look at practical applications of adjective and adverb clauses. Then you will learn the difference between what’s real and what’s unreal and find out what is considered acceptable English.  

Week 6

This lesson will address the many nouns in English. You will learn the proper verb form to use with them. You will learn how to make the verb agree with the subject of a sentence whether singular, third person or plural. Finally you will go over all you’ve covered and how it contributes to an appreciation for languages in general and English in particular. 

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Instructors & Support

Dr. Sabri Bebawi

Dr. Sabri Bebawi has been a college instructor for 20 years. His educational background includes law, journalism, and English education, with a Ph.D. in education and instructional technology. Dr. Bebawi has worked as a journalist in Europe and in the United States, writing on a wide range of topics.


Prerequisites / Requirements


This course is designed for intermediate to advanced level ESL students. A basic understanding of English grammar is required.


Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.

How does it work?

Once a course 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.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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