Course Code: gr2
This first lesson reviews the foundations of grammar. You will explore the parts of speech, practice your skills, and see how the different parts of speech work together in English grammar.
In this lesson, you will review punctuation and mechanics. You will explore the different kinds of punctuation as well capitalization and other mechanics issues. You will see how to use punctuation and mechanics effectively and correctly in a sentence.
This lesson focuses on what makes a good sentence and how sentences connect to each other to create cohesive thoughts in your writing. You will also explore common sentence construction errors and how to avoid them.
In this lesson, you will practice using nouns and pronouns effectively in sentences. You will learn about the various types of nouns—including common nouns, proper nouns, concrete and abstract nouns, collective nouns, compound nouns, and countable and uncountable nouns. After, learn the various kinds of pronouns, such as personal, demonstrative, interrogative, possessive, indefinite, and more. Finally, wrap things up with a discussion of noun phrases and noun clauses.
In this lesson, you will practice using verbs effectively in your sentences. You will explore the different kinds of verb forms, and then take a look at the different kinds of verb tenses, which help to communicate action in relation to time. Finally, you will explore subject-verb agreement with some foundational rules that will help you avoid common errors.
Adverbs are descriptive words that modify other words in a sentence. Using these parts of speech, the English language clearly and effectively communicates descriptions and provides limitations for the words they modify.
In this lesson, you will explore clauses and phrases. You will learn about the different kinds of clauses and phrases, how they are used in sentences, and how to tell them apart. Then, you will practice writing these different kinds of clauses and phrases and put all of your skills together.
In this lesson, you will explore the issues of coordination, subordination, and parallelism in your writing. You will see how these principles help you construct more effective sentences and avoid common mistakes.
In this lesson, you will practice what you have learned so far. You will learn how to communicate clearly and effectively in the workplace. You will take a look at email communications, memos, and business letters, and you will learn how to effective write these "short works." Then, you will explore how to write effective instructions and summaries. Finally, you will see how to manage conflict in writing in your workplace.
This lesson explores paragraph writing. First, take a look at the function and purpose of the paragraph, explore a formal paragraph model, and see how to write effective topic sentences. Then, you will bring your skills together and see how the pieces of a paragraph fit together. You will also have plenty of opportunities to practice your writing skills.
In this lesson, you will explore organizing and writing multiple paragraphs into one cohesive essay. You will consider the different kinds of essays, writing introduction and conclusion paragraphs, thesis statements, and how to link different paragraphs together. By the end of this lesson, you will develop a complete, five-paragraph essay.
In your final lesson, you will explore some tips and tactics for making your writing as good as it can be though editing. You will see how to improve the overall impact of your writing through content editing, as well as how to find your mistakes and improve your sentences through line editing. Then, you will finish up by practicing your copyediting skills, so you can put that final polish on your writing.
Curt Simmons, B.A., M.Ed, is a best-selling author, trainer, and multi-media expert. He holds degrees in English and communication studies and has more than 10 years of experience teaching English and writing in the classroom. Additionally, Simmons has authored numerous books on a wide variety of technology topics and has been a technical editor for numerous other titles.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
Instructor-Led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.
Self-Paced: You can start this course at any time your schedule permits.
Instructor-Led: Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the 6 week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Self-Paced: You have three-month access to the course. After enrolling, you can learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the allotted access period.
Instructor-Led: 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.
Self-Paced: There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons before your three-month access.
Instructor-Led: 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.
Self-Paced: Because this course is self-paced, no extensions will be granted after the start of your enrollment.
This course is very helpful. Just like the name, it refreshed my grammar skills. All the information is useful and very helpful in improving my writing skills!"
This class had great content. I have taken several grammar classes and learned quite a bit more because of the clear writing and pertinent exercises. I appreciate the questions games provided which made testing my knowledge fun and interesting. I recommend this class for everyone needed a grammar assistance."