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!
Using Nouns, Pronouns, and Adjectives
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.
Using Verbs and Adverbs
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.
Using Prepositions, Conjunctions, and Interjections
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.
Capitalization and Punctuation
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.
Plural and Possessive Words
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.
Difficult and Confusing Words
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.
Common Sentence 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.
Becoming a Better Writer
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 we 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.
Prerequisites / Requirements
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.
- 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 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.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
When can I get started?
Instructor-Led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.
Self-Paced: You can start this course at any time your schedule permits.
How does it work?
Instructor-Led: Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the 6 week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Self-Paced: You have three-month access to the course. After enrolling, you can learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the allotted access period.
How long do I have to complete each lesson?
Instructor-Led: 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.
Self-Paced: There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons before your three-month access.
What if I need an extension?
Instructor-Led: 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.
Self-Paced: Because this course is self-paced, no extensions will be granted after the start of your enrollment.
Why do I need to know proper grammar?
Grammar skills are involved in every aspect of our lives including education, social life, employment, and leadership. Whether you are writing or speaking, proper grammar is important. This Grammar Refresher course will help remind you of some of the basic, English grammar rules that you may be using incorrectly. It will also help you sound more intelligent in both your work and personal life, and will help you feel more confident as you communicate.
Is grammar just about punctuation?
No. Grammar encompasses much more than just punctuation. In Grammar Refresher, you’ll learn about parts of speech (noun, pronoun, verb, adjective, etc.), sentence structure, phrases, clauses, and even problem words that many people get mixed up. You’ll even get tips to help you improve your writing.
Can proper grammar help me in my career?
Absolutely! Improper grammar is distracting and annoying, and it can make people think you don’t know what you’re talking about. Too many grammatical errors can even make you seem sloppy, and this is not a trait you want to portray to your boss or coworkers. Using proper grammar will help you get your point across more clearly and may help you win over others in support of your ideas.
Can knowing proper grammar help me be more creative?
Understanding and using proper grammar can help you be more creative. There is no limit to things you can write and say once you understand the rules of grammar. You may even feel more confident expressing your views and ideas. You could start a blog, write a book, speak on behalf of an organization you support, teach others how to do something, and explore many other creative outlets where language is used.
Will understanding english grammar help me learn other languages?
Yes. Understanding the rules of English grammar will help you as you attempt to learn other languages. Other languages have clauses, adjectives, tenses, parts of speech, and other things you will find in English grammar as well. All languages follow grammatical patterns. The similarities and differences between English and any other language you are attempting to learn will be clearer if you have a strong grasp of proper grammar.
How can proper grammar help others understand me better?
Writing that contains grammatical errors or improper punctuation, can be difficult and sometimes impossible to understand. Your goal in writing is to communicate with others, and you want to do so in a way that allows them to understand what you are trying to say—proper grammar will help.
Can proper grammar help me get a job?
When looking for a job, you want to put your best foot forward. Many employers will admit that they immediately disqualify an applicant who uses improper grammar in their cover letter or on their resume. We would even go so far as to say that proper grammar is one of the most important skills you can have when applying for a job!