Grammar Refresher

Develop English grammar skills and take your writing and speaking to the next level. This course explores the eight parts of speech, punctuation and mechanics, foundational sentence construction, phrases, clauses, problem words, common mistakes, and more with practical, hands-on exercises.
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6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
Starting  August 18, 2021
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Develop your English grammar skills and take your writing and speaking to the next level of excellence in this course. This course explores the eight parts of speech, punctuation and mechanics, and foundational sentence construction. You will learn about phrases, clauses, problem words, common grammar mistakes, and much more through practical, hands-on exercises. You will also learn through short videos, examples, and even fun games. Take your writing and speaking to the next level of excellence!

What you will learn

  • Learn the basics of English grammar including sentence structure, punctuation, and speech
  • Gain an understanding of advanced grammar concepts like phrase details, clauses, and problem words
  • Learn about your grammatical strengths and weaknesses
  • Improve your English speaking and writing skills

How you will benefit

  • Gain grammatical skills that are indispensable in your professional and personal life
  • Open the door to more career opportunities as you learn to communication more effectively and properly

How the course is taught

  • Instructor-led or self-paced online course
  • 6 Weeks or 3 Months access
  • 24 course hours

The three most common parts of speech are nouns, pronouns, and adjectives. Learn how all types of pronouns are used in sentences, and explore how adjectives modify nouns and how to use them in your writing.

There are three types of verbs: action verbs, linking verbs, and helping verbs. Each has a different use in a sentence. Take a look at action and linking verbs and review the basic types of verb tenses. Then, explore adverbs, and learn how to use both effectively in your writing.

This lesson focuses on 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.

Learn to use some of the most common types of punctuation correctly and effectively. Understand use of end punctuation and explore the rules for colons, semicolons, quotations, apostrophes, and parenthesis.

More often than not, commas are used to indicate a brief pause. However, there are many different uses for the comma. Explore the various rules that govern comma usage in the English language while also learning how to use commas correctly and effectively in your writing.

There are many different 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 will explore some common problems and pitfalls to avoid when writing sentences.

Plural words refer to more than one; while, possessive words refer to nouns and pronouns and show ownership. Explore plural and possessive words and the rules you must follow to form them. You will also have plenty of opportunities to practice your new grammar skills.

There are many words that spell or sound similar yet have very different meanings. Explore these words and practice your new skills as you learn to avoid common pitfalls in your writing.

Phrases are groups of words that have distinct meanings and perform certain functions within a sentence. There are different types of phrases, including prepositional phrases, appositive phrases, gerund phrases, adverb phrases, adjective phrases, infinitive phrases, participle phrases, and absolute phrases.

Within the English language, parts of a sentence must agree in different ways. Explore subject / verb agreement, and see how using the correct conjunctions can correctly connect words or sentence parts together.

A sentence is a unit of thought, and each sentence must contain a subject and a verb to be complete. However, the three common sentence errors that writers often make: the run-on, the comma splice, and the fragment.

The purpose of studying grammar is to improve your English speaking and writing skills. Put your grammar skills to work as you gain writing tips and opportunities to practice your writing skills.

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.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

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

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or newer.
  • 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 Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Prerequisites:

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.

Instructional Material Requirements:

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 course 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 3 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 two 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 within the allotted access period.

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 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.
Self-Paced: Because this course is self-paced, no extensions will be granted after the start of your enrollment.

Grammar skills are involved in every aspect of our lives including education, social life, employment, and leadership. Whether you are writing or speaking, proper grammar is important. This Grammar Refresher course will help remind you of some of the basic, English grammar rules that you may be using incorrectly. It will also help you sound more intelligent in both your work and personal life, and will help you feel more confident as you communicate.

No. Grammar encompasses much more than just punctuation. In Grammar Refresher, you'll learn about parts of speech (noun, pronoun, verb, adjective, etc.), sentence structure, phrases, clauses, and even problem words that many people get mixed up. You'll even get tips to help you improve your writing.

Absolutely! Improper grammar is distracting and annoying, and it can make people think you don't know what you're talking about. Too many grammatical errors can even make you seem sloppy, and this is not a trait you want to portray to your boss or coworkers. Using proper grammar will help you get your point across more clearly and may help you win over others in support of your ideas.

Understanding and using proper grammar can help you be more creative. There is no limit to things you can write and say once you understand the rules of grammar. You may even feel more confident expressing your views and ideas. You could start a blog, write a book, speak on behalf of an organization you support, teach others how to do something, and explore many other creative outlets where language is used.

Yes. Understanding the rules of English grammar will help you as you attempt to learn other languages. Other languages have clauses, adjectives, tenses, parts of speech, and other things you will find in English grammar as well. All languages follow grammatical patterns. The similarities and differences between English and any other language you are attempting to learn will be clearer if you have a strong grasp of proper grammar.

Writing that contains grammatical errors or improper punctuation, can be difficult and sometimes impossible to understand. Your goal in writing is to communicate with others, and you want to do so in a way that allows them to understand what you are trying to say—proper grammar will help.

When looking for a job, you want to put your best foot forward. Many employers will admit that they immediately disqualify an applicant who uses improper grammar in their cover letter or on their resume. We would even go so far as to say that proper grammar is one of the most important skills you can have when applying for a job!