Basic Grammar Essentials

Grammar & Usage

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Learn the fundamentals of English grammar with an instructor's guidance.

Do you speak English well but still find that mistakes in grammar, punctuation, spelling, and usage lessen the impact of your writing? Take this class to make sure your message gets through and your ideas get the hearing they deserve.

Take This Course If ...

  • You have a good command of the English language but you struggle to understand the fundamentals of English grammar.
  • You find that grammar mistakes slow down your writing and make you a less confident communicator in the workplace.
  • You want a fast but comprehensive grounding in the grammar you need for business writing.

Course Description

The course takes you through a comprehensive review of the English grammar, punctuation, spelling, word usage, and sentence structure you need for business communication. The course starts with an evaluation to assess your skills and ends with a similar exam so you can see how much you’ve learned. Past experience tells us most students improve their scores dramatically.

When You Complete This Course ...

  • You will know the grammar principles and rules that are most applicable to business writing.
  • You will be able to identify common grammatical errors and fix them in your own writing.

How It Works

Work Online

When you enroll, we give you access to all the online lessons and training materials. Each lesson builds on the lessons that precede it. We offer clear explanations for every part of our training and plenty of real-world examples of how to apply the skills you are learning.

Set Your Own Pace

You go at your own pace and submit assignments when you are ready. You don’t have to be online with other students or perform activities at specific times.

Instructor Feedback

Your instructor evaluates all your work, coaches you through learning the skills, and gives you personalized feedback on what you are doing well and what still needs polish. You can contact your instructor at any time if you have questions about your training, business writing, or the English language.


When you finish the course within two months, you receive a graduation certificate.

Course Outline

Course Pre-test

Lesson 1: Proofreading Principles

Lesson 2: Using Active Voice

Lesson 3: Omissions, Additions, Typos

Lesson 4: Number Accuracy

Lesson 5: Transposition Errors

Lesson 6: Abbreviations

Lesson 7: Word Division

Lesson 8: Number Expression

Lesson 9: Capitalization

Lesson 10: Commas

Lesson 11: Other Punctuation

Lesson 12: Special Punctuation

Lesson 13: Spelling

Lesson 14: Confusing Word Pairs

Lesson 15: Subject/Verb Agreement

Lesson 16: Pronoun Agreement

Lesson 17: Using Defined Terms Consistently

Lesson 18: Formatting Correctly

Course Post-test

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Writing Coaching by Dr. Robert Hogan

Dr. Hogan has been training writers for 40 years in universities, colleges of business, consulting companies, and professional writing companies.

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Course Features

Course Materials: Online

Certificate upon Completion: Yes

Instructor Feedback: Yes

Letter of Recommendation: Yes

Lesson Count: 18

Practice Activities: 18

Exams: 20

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