Grammar Refresher

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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Details

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!

Enrollment Options:
Instructor-Led
6 weeks Access Course Code: grr
Start Dates*Dec 11 | Jan 15 | Feb 12 | Mar 18
*Choose start date in cart
$100.00
Self-Paced
3 Months Access Course Code: T9228
No Instructor, Start Anytime
$115.00

Syllabus

This first lesson explores three common parts of speech: The noun, pronoun, and adjective. You will learn how personal and possessive pronouns are used as well as how subject and object pronouns and used in sentences. Finally, take a look at adjectives and articles. You will explore how adjectives modify nouns and how to use them in your writing.

This lesson explores verbs and adjectives. You will take a look at both action verbs and linking verbs and review the basic types of verb tenses and how to use them effectively in your writing. Finally, explore adverbs, which modify verbs, adjectives and other adverbs. You will learn how to use (and not overuse them) 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. You will see how these three parts of speech work in sentences and how to use them correctly in your writing.

In this lesson, you will explore the most common types of punctuation (except the comma). You will explore the needed capitalization rules and also take a look at the three types of end punctuation. You will also explore the rules and usage for colons, semicolons, quotations, apostrophes, and parenthesis. By the end of this lesson you will be able to use these punctuation marks correctly and effectively.

In this lesson, you will explore the most common type of punctuation, the comma. You will 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 will know how to place commas correctly in a variety of sentences.

In this lesson, you will explore complete and incomplete sentences. You will see what makes a sentence complete and how to avoid incomplete sentences. Then, turn your 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 will explore some common problems and pitfalls to avoid when writing sentences.

In this lesson, you will 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 will explore the rules and have plenty of opportunities to practice your new grammar skills.

In this lesson, you will explore some of the most difficult and confusing words in the English language. There are many words that spell or sound similar yet have very different meanings. In this lesson, you will explore those words, including homophones, and you will have plenty of opportunities to practice your new skills. In your writing, you never want to use the wrong words and this lesson will help you avoid those common pitfalls.

In this lesson, you will 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 will 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 will have plenty of opportunities to explore examples and practice your skills with each type of phrase.

In this lesson, you will explore the issue of agreement. Within the English language, parts of a sentence must agree in different ways. First, you will explore subject / verb agreement, as these two sentence parts must agree in number. Finally, you will see how using the correct conjunctions can correctly connect words or sentence parts together. You will 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 will explore those three common errors, the run-on, the comma splice, and the fragment. You will learn how to avoid these errors in your writing and how to fix these common problems. You will 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 you wrap up the course, you get to put your grammar skills to work. You will explore ten writing tips and have opportunities to practice your writing skills in this lesson.

Requirements

Requirements:

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.

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

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.

Reviews

This was a great refresher for me. I always get confused when it comes to using semicolons or colons. I've printed off some of the material just as future reference.

Great lesson. Perfect refresher.

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.

This is the best course to refresh my knowledge.

Thank you for this course! It has been an eye opener. Before taking this course, I would get grammar books, read them, and then not understand or have a clue what they were talking about. Now, everything is clear. My plan is to just review and start reading more to improve my vocabulary skills and grammar.

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.

I enjoyed this course and I will definitely recommend it to others.

I really enjoyed the games and variety of exercises. This kept me more engaged.

I really enjoyed taking this refresher course! Thank you.