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Grammar Refresher

$119.00 (USD)

Offered in partnership with Massachusetts Bay Community College



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.

Week 1
Lesson 01 - Parts of Speech
In this first lesson, you'll get acquainted with the parts of speech. Don't worry, though—there's no painful memorizing involved! We'll be taking a more relaxed approach than what you might have done in school. You've probably heard about pronouns and conjunctions and prepositions and interjections, but do you have a clear idea of what they are? What's an adverb, anyway? You'll find out in this lesson as you begin to identify the different parts of speech and see how they fit together to make a sentence.
Lesson 02 - Mixed-up Words
It's time to learn about some tricky words that often get confused because they sound alike. In this lesson, you'll begin to spot mix-ups such as have/of, lie/lay, and there/their. This will pave the way to learning which is the right word for the sentence you want to write.
Week 2
Lesson 03 - Contractions and Possessives
In this lesson, you'll master the mighty apostrophe, a tiny punctuation mark that has a big job to do. We'll look at how you use it to combine words and to express ownership. Building on what you know about mix-ups, you'll find out when and where the apostrophe belongs, and why it sometimes doesn't.
Lesson 04 - Subjects and Predicates
Every sentence needs a subject and a predicate, so it's important to know what they are and how to find them. In this lesson, you'll learn what is and isn't a subject and a predicate, and you'll master the basics of sentence structure.
Week 3
Lesson 05 - Sentence Fragments
Get ready to master sentence fragments! In this lesson, you'll see how bits and pieces can masquerade as a whole. You'll learn to recognize when a collection of words doesn't quite measure up to a real sentence. Then you'll be able to attach those words to their missing part or find a way to rewrite them so that they can stand up on their own.
Lesson 06 - Run-on Sentences
Some of us just like to keep going and going and going. In this lesson, you'll learn how to stop. You'll learn a variety of ways to keep one independent clause from running into another and give your readers a chance to catch their breath.
Week 4
Lesson 07 - Standard Verb Forms
It's time to make sure you're the boss of your verbs. You'll see how the concepts of yesterday, today, and tomorrow can change a verb. Once you know your past, present, and future, you'll take a look at some other ideas that shape verbs, such as person, number, voice, and mood.
Lesson 08 - Pronouns
Some of them are small in size, like we and I, but as a group, they're large in number. Get ready to put you and me and he and she and this and that (and lots more) under a microscope. You'll learn about the different kinds of pronouns and how some of them change depending on what they're doing in a sentence.
Week 5
Lesson 09 - Agreement
It's time to take the argument out of your grammar. In this lesson, you'll apply what you've learned about subjects, verbs, and pronouns and find out how to make them all agree with one another. The result will be grammatical harmony.
Lesson 10 - Shifts in Person, Tense, and Structure
In this lesson, you'll learn how to stay on the straight and narrow grammatical path. You'll begin to recognize inconsistencies. And you'll see how to create a steady narrative system by choosing a person, a time, and a structural method to organize your words, phrases, and clauses.
Week 6
Lesson 11 - Clarity, Conciseness, Diction, and Logic
Everything you've learned in the course so far has been leading to this lesson. Now you're ready to ensure your writing says what you want it to say. You'll learn how to express yourself in the appropriate language, with no wasted words. And you'll use logic to inspire your own good grammar.
Lesson 12 - Capitalization and Punctuation
Every piece of written work, great or small, needs its i's dotted. In our final lesson, you'll spend some time refreshing your memory on those long-forgotten rules of capitalization. At last, you'll distinguish between dashes and hyphens, and brackets and parentheses. We won't say goodbye until you're equipped with an editing checklist to keep in your back pocket.




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