Basic Grammar Skills Tutorial
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Learn the basics of English grammar to improve your writing.
You may speak English well but find that mistakes in grammar, punctuation, spelling, and usage lessen the impact of your writing. Even the smallest mistake can undermine your message and incline your readers to disregard what you are saying. Take this class to make sure your message gets through and your ideas get the hearing they deserve.
- A full course devoted to your needs in language, grammar, punctuation, spelling, word usage, and sentence structure
- Full assessment of your writing needs by your instructor
- Extensive comments on your writing with tutoring where you need it
- Teaching the skills you need and skills you don’t even realize you need
- Tailored assignments to give you the skills you need
- Improves your writing so people don’t have to proofread your work
Course DescriptionThis course teaches you the fundamentals of English grammar with in-depth personalized instruction. You learn new patterns to replace the old by using your own writing as an example. We tailor the course to your requirements, and the teaching, practice, and tests are based on your own writing samples. Your instructor evaluates writing samples and assigns work based on your unique needs. Your instructor also gives you online quizzes containing sentences from your original writing sample that you must correct quickly to be sure you have learned the skills. You work only on the specific skills you need to learn, at your own pace. You get as much feedback from your instructor as you need for every lesson.
When You Complete This Course...
- You will have learned the grammar principles and rules that are most applicable to business writing.
- You will recognize errors in grammar, punctuation, spelling, word usage, and sentence structure and fix them in your own writing.
How It Works
This is a tutorial course. We base our training on your specific needs. To start, you send writing samples to your instructor. Your instructor reads each sample to identify skills you need to learn, points out the problems, shows you how your text should be written, and provides any tutoring or coaching you need to learn how to write the sentences correctly.
Your instructor gives you links to training materials that teach you the skills you need, answers your questions, and shows you how to apply what you learn to your own writing. You will repeat this process as you continue to improve your writing skills to make sure you learn as many skills as we can teach you during the course.
You submit examples of your writing by email, and your instructor responds with personalized lessons that focus on what you need to improve. The training materials are online. You have access to all of them when you register.
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.
Your instructor evaluates all your activities and examinations, 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 four months, you will receive a graduation certificate.
You may purchase the textbook we use from a bookseller such as Amazon.com, but the textbook is not required for the course. You will also study online training materials.
Your instructor will look for issues in any of the following areas and teach you the skills you need:
- Abbreviations • Adverbs • Affect-Effect • Apostrophes to Show Possession • Articles • Bolding • Capitalization • Colloquialisms • Colons • Commas and Periods with Quotation Marks • Comma Overuse • Commas in a Series • Commas with "However," "Therefore," "Thus" • Commas with Coordinate Adjectives • Commas with Coordinating Conjunctions • Commas with Dates, States, Addresses, and Numbers • Commas with Introductory Elements • Commas with Nonrestrictive Appositives • Commas with Nonrestrictive Elements • Commas with Parenthetical Elements • Commonly Confused Word Pairs • Conciseness • Consistency • Contractions • Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers • Ellipses • Errors Unique to My Writing • Formatting • Fragment Sentences • Gerunds, Infinitives, and Participles • Hyphens and Dashes • Hyphens with Compound Adjectives • Hyphens with Numbers • Hyphens with Prefixes and Compound Words • Idioms and Word Usage • Inversions • Lists • Modal Auxiliary Verbs • Mood Shift • Number (Singular or Plural) • Numbers Format • Omitting Space or Inserting Too Much Space • Parallelism in Lists and Sentences • Parentheses • Passive Voice • Periods • Plurals • Prepositions • Pronoun Reference • Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement • Pronouns • Proofreading • Questions • Quotation Marks • Run-on Sentences • Run-ons Using "Therefore," "However" • Semicolons • Simple Sentence Structures • Simple Vocabulary • Slashes • Spelling • Subject/Verb Agreement • Tense Endings • Tense Shifts • Tense • "There," "Their," and "They're" • Using Case Correctly • Using Key Words • "Whom," "That," and "Which" • Word Choice • Word Omitted • Word Unnecessary • Wordiness • Wording Problems