This 6-week course is designed as an in-depth analysis of English grammar for intermediate to advanced English as Second Language college students. It is designed to prepare you for regular mainstream English classes.
Grammar for ESL is one of the required courses in most college ESL programs to transfer to mainstream English or to transfer to a university. It establishes a foundation for continuous learning and serves as a complement to other courses that you may be taking or will take.
This first lesson will surprise you at how simple grammar can be. Then you will discover how the English language functions and grasp the main verbs of English. You will also explore some of the language structures that can be confusing but once you’ve discovered the trick, they really aren’t confusing at all.
This lesson will talk about past and present tenses. You will examine how verbs are manipulated to give specific meanings, and find out how to construct effective sentences in standard academic English. Then you’ll discover why it’s important to understand and use the future perfect tense in action words. You will also explore the difference between the infinitive (to go) and the gerund (going) forms and how to use them appropriately.
This lesson will make sense of using modals (words that help verbs give a specific meaning) correctly. Then you will learn to identify the active and passive voice or, who did what to whom, which is important to help you detect deceitful statements others may make in and effort to persuade you to do something.
This lesson will explain the difference between a clause and a phrase. You will also learn how questions are formed in English. Then you will examine what English speakers do to change a quoted speech to a reported speech.
In today’s lesson you will look at practical applications of adjective and adverb clauses. Then you will learn the difference between what’s real and what’s unreal and find out what is considered acceptable English.
This lesson will address the many nouns in English. You will learn the proper verb form to use with them. You will learn how to make the verb agree with the subject of a sentence whether singular, third person or plural. Finally you will go over all you’ve covered and how it contributes to an appreciation for languages in general and English in particular.
Prerequisites / Requirements
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.
- PC: Windows XP or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (We recommend Firefox or Chrome).
- Windows Media Player or similar software.
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
Instructional material requirements:
- The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
WHEN CAN I GET STARTED?
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.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE EACH LESSON?
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.
WHAT IF I NEED AN EXTENSION?
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.