Course Code: grr
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.
We'll explore verbs and adverbs. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Curt Simmons, B.A., M.Ed, , is a best-selling author, trainer, and multi-media expert. Curt’s degrees are in English and communication studies, and he has more than ten years of experience teaching English and writing in the classroom. Additionally, Curt has authored numerous books on a wide variety of technology topics and has been a technical editor for numerous other titles. He is both a classroom and online instructor, and has developed custom courseware for major U.S. companies.
This course teaches American English grammar. If you're an ESL student who isn't yet fluent in written and spoken English, please consider enrolling in Grammar for ESL Students with Sabri Bebawi.
Instructional material requirements:
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
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.
The lesson is very well designed. I found it was very easy to understand, and was able complete the quiz correctly. Thanks to the instructor."
Mr. Simmons used a very helpful structure with activities and assignments that helped one to understand the material. He also was informative and had a good sense of humor."
The course was a wonderful grammar refresher. It has helped me improve my writing skills. Thank you, Mr. Simmons."
This is the best course to refresh my knowledge."
I really enjoyed the games and variety of exercises. This kept me more engaged."
I really enjoyed taking this refresher course! Thank you."
Great lesson. Perfect refresher."
I enjoyed this course and I will definitely recommend it to others."