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1. Grammar for ESL: Gain Proper Understanding in ESL Grammar

This 6-week Certificate in Grammar for ESL Online Course includes in-depth analysis of English grammar for intermediate to advanced English as Second Language college students.

Structure of Standard English is explored in order to prepare the learner for regular mainstream English classes. Topics include a review of all tenses, the use of modals, the adjective clause, the noun clause, the adverb clause, phrases, count and non-count nouns and some English terms. The online grammar courses are designed to provide students ample opportunities to apply their knowledge to their particular areas of study throughout college and beyond. As one of the required courses in most college ESL programs to transfer to mainstream English or to transfer to a university, this course establishes a foundation for continuous learning and serves as a complement to other courses the student may be taking or will take.

2. Writing for ESL: Learn the Process and Guideliness to be an Effective ESL Writer 

Has your academic or career progress been slowed by the challenges of writing in English? Many ESL learners have excellent educations, training, and skills in their native countries. However, their dreams of success elude them in English-speaking countries because they cannot write effectively in their new language. This Certificate in Writing for ESL Online Course will show you what English readers expect and how your writing can achieve your goals.

You will learn about the entire writing process and its five stages: prewriting, outlining, writing, revising, and editing. In the first two stages, you will see how to generate and then focus your ideas. In the writing and revising stages, you will discover how to write clearly focused topic sentences and thesis statements, which will guide you in writing logical, unified paragraphs and essays. In the final stage, you will refine and perfect your work, making it free of grammatical and punctuation errors.

Along the way, you will also gain important critical thinking skills and learn some techniques for writing concisely—something that is highly valued in English writing. When you finish this course, you will be able to write clearly, logically, and cohesively, and you will be able to apply what you have learned in any academic or work setting.

3. Grammar Refresher: Start Now To Learn Grammar Refresher

Whatever your goals, a grasp of English grammar is important if you want to improve your speaking and writing skills. This course will help you gain confidence in your ability to produce clean, grammatically correct work. You'll explore the basics of English grammar—like sentence structure and punctuation—as well as more sophisticated concepts—like logic and clarity. A patient instructor, memorable lessons, vivid examples, and interactive exercises will give you ample opportunity to put what you learn into practice. Reacquaint yourself with old, forgotten rules, meet some new ones, and discover your own grammatical strengths.

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  5. You will be awarded a certificate at completion of this course

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Upon enrolment an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. New courses start every month to ensure that we have the correct ratio of students to tutors available, please ensure you select a starting date when you go through our shopping cart, at checkout. The course is easy to follow and understand.

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All students who complete each course receive a certificate of completion per course, with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.

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The Grammar for ESL Online 3 Course Bundle includes the following courses, below is a summary of each course: 

Course 1 - Certificate in Grammar for ESL Online Course

There are 12 units of study

Introduction

No matter what the language, grammar is often viewed as a difficult thing to grasp. Most of us don't really know what grammar is. You'll find out here in our first lesson. You'll be surprised to learn how simple grammar can be. Once you discover this, you'll want to read and learn more.

Verb Tenses and the Three Major Verbs In English

Unlike other languages, English grammar follows a very logical structure. In this lesson, you'll discover how the language functions and grasp the main verbs of English. In addition, we'll explore some of the language structures that can be confusing and prove that once you discover the trick, they really aren't confusing at all.

Tenses and Forms Of Verbs

Today, we'll talk about past and present tenses. We'll examine how we manipulate verbs to give specific meanings. You'll find out how to construct effective sentences in standard academic English.

The Future Perfect Tense, Gerunds and Infinitives

In this lesson, you'll see how an action is reported as complete in future time. A lot of people, including native speakers, avoid this future perfect form, but you won't. You'll discover why it's important to understand and use the future perfect. Then we'll explore the difference between the infinitive (to go) and the gerund (going) forms. You will learn when and how to use them appropriately.

Making Sense of the Modals

Native speakers know how to use most of the modals correctly. But it's common to make errors in using the right modal for the right tense (time). In this lesson, we'll make sense of these unique words that are used to help verbs give a specific meaning.

The Passive Voice

The core of this lesson is identifying the active and passive voice or, who did what to whom. This is essential because it reflects one's ability to think clearly and logically. Understanding the active and passive voice is also important because it will help you detect deceitful statements others may make in an effort to persuade you to do something.

Noun Clauses

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a clause and a phrase? Today you'll find out. You'll also learn how questions are formed in English. This is particularly important because English can be a little different from other languages. For example, Spanish generally depends on the music of the language to create a question. English depends on the word order—the verb must always come before the subject in order to form a question.

Reported Speech

To report means to say what we saw or heard—to retell what someone has already said, or what we have already experienced. Communication would be very difficult if we didn't have the reported speech form. Can you imagine yourself talking in quotes all the time? In this lesson, we'll examine what English speakers do to change a quoted speech to reported speech. You'll find out how easy it is to do this and also learn the common errors that even native speakers make.

Adjective and Adverb Clauses

Today, we'll look at practical applications of adjective and adverb clauses. These terms can be confusing, but I'll make them as clear as possible in this lesson. You'll discover that the challenge of learning them can actually be fun!

Real and Unreal Conditional, 'Wish' and 'If'

Real and unreal conditionals create a problem for many of us. A speaker can easily make errors if he or she is unaware of what's real and what's unreal. Today, you'll grasp the difference and find out what's considered acceptable English. You'll be surprised to see how often mistakes are made and how easy it is to avoid making them.

Count and Non-Count Nouns, Subject/Verb Agreement

There are many nouns in English that can't be counted. We need to know what they are so we can use the proper verb form with them. In this lesson, we'll address these nouns. We'll see how to make the verb agree with the subject of a sentence. You'll learn how to determine what verb form to use if the subject is singular, third person, plural, or non-count.

English as Second/Foreign Language Problem Spots

In this, our final lesson, we'll discuss your newly developed confidence in understanding how English grammar works. We'll talk about how what we've covered contributes to an appreciation for languages in general and English in particular.

Course 2 - Certificate in Writing for ESL Online Course

There are 12 units of study

An Overview of Writing

Knowing how to write well is one of the most important skills you can have, whether you're writing e-mails and letters at work or essays and research papers in school. In our first lesson, we'll explore the key differences between speaking and writing plus a few techniques for continually improving your writing throughout your life. But there's more! You'll also understand the whole process of writing, starting with the prewriting stage and going all the way through the editing stage. You'll see that you truly can master writing in English, and I'll show you how!

The Creative Process

Do you ever struggle with not knowing what to write about? Many of us do. In today's lesson, you'll learn two effective methods for generating all the ideas you need: brainstorming and clustering. Then, once you have your ideas, you need to organize them. You'll do this in the outlining stage. An outline is like a detailed map of where you want to take readers in your writing. When your outline is finished, you're ready to begin writing. So, we'll also examine two crucial elements of any written piece: the topic sentence and paragraphs.

Effective Essays

In this lesson, you'll learn all about how to write effective essays. Why should you learn about this particular form of writing? The essay form will hone your writing and thinking skills, helping you develop and connect your ideas in a clear, logical, focused way. You can certainly apply these skills in any setting! A vital component of all essays is the thesis statement, so we'll spend a lot of time exploring this. When you finish with this lesson, you'll be able to write strong thesis statements that will set a sure course for your essays.

Three Types of Essays

Now it's time to try out what you've learned so far about essays! In this lesson, you'll learn about three different essay types: descriptive, narrative, and explanatory. Each type has its own distinct purpose. Descriptive essays have vivid details that help your readers get involved in what you're writing. Narrative essays tell stories, starting at the beginning and moving logically to the end. Explanatory essays allow you to explain something you know about to your readers. I've provided lots of examples to show you how to write each kind of essay. You'll have fun with these!

Compare and Contrast Essays

You'll be able to apply the essay styles you learned about in the previous lesson to many other kinds of essays, including the one you'll learn about today: the compare and contrast essay. These essays let you examine, describe, and explain the similarities and differences between at least two topics. Additionally, you'll get acquainted with the importance of transitions and see what they can do for your writing. Rest assured—I'll provide you with lots of examples to walk you through how to write these very interesting pieces.

Cause and Effect Essays

Have you ever struggled to explain to your child what the effects of a certain course of action would be? Or have you ever tried to explain to your boss how one thing caused something else to happen? You may not have realized it, but you were engaging in the logical thinking required to understand cause and effect relationships. In today's lesson, you'll sharpen your logical skills by learning how to write cause and effect essays. Sometimes you'll analyze how one cause produced several different effects. At other times, you'll analyze how one effect had several causes. Once again, I'll provide you with sample essays that will point the way in your own writing.

Argumentation Essays

Do you feel confident in presenting or defending your opinions? In this lesson, you'll acquire one of the most important skills in writing: how to argue your point of view convincingly. You'll learn how to develop a sound thesis, organize your supporting evidence, and explain your argument fairly and persuasively. Most important, you'll learn how to think critically, as well as recognize and avoid fallacies. This will be a most interesting lesson, and as always, I'll provide you with many examples to guide you along your way.

Correcting Your Wording

In the past seven lessons, you've explored the prewriting, outlining, writing, and revising stages of the overall writing process. In the balance of this course, you'll strengthen your grammar skills so that you can perform the final stage—editing—with a keen eye and a sure hand. In this lesson, you'll study the art of wording. You'll learn how to rephrase wordy, redundant, pretentious, and vague language. You'll also understand what homophones and homonyms are and safely discern the right word to use. Finally, you'll learn to guard against slang and clichés so you can communicate well in any setting. Most of all, you'll see how fun and useful grammar can really be!

Take Care With Verbs

Native English speakers and writers often struggle with verbs, so this tricky area will be something ESL learners will want to be extra careful about. Verbs can be the most powerful words in your sentences, but if you don't use them correctly, they become powerfully confusing. Today, we'll examine verb tenses and inflections, subject-verb agreement issues, and active vs. passive voice. When you finish this lesson, you'll use verbs with confidence!

Other Parts of Speech

Having spent the entire previous lesson looking at verbs, you now need to learn about the other parts of speech. So we'll review important features of nouns and pronouns, adjectives and adverbs, prepositions, and conjunctions. Next we'll look at the three types of clauses: noun, adjective, and adverb clauses. Finally, you'll gain another important technique for trimming wordiness: reducing clauses to simple phrases.

Common Writing Problems

The English language, though certainly not the most difficult, can present native and non-native speakers alike with challenging problems. In this lesson, you'll see how to avoid some common problems with subjects and objects so that your writing will always be clear. Next, you'll laugh as you learn about mistaken and dangling modifiers. These misplaced and unclear words and phrases often create as much unintentional humor as they do confusion! Finally, you'll discover how to tell possessives and contractions apart. This is sure to be an entertaining, as well as informative, lesson!

Punctuation and Wrap-Up

In our last lesson together, we'll focus on punctuation, paying special attention to the helpful but often misused comma. In addition, you'll learn how to skillfully use semicolons, colons, and dashes, along with the concluding punctuation marks. Next, you'll see how you can apply what you've learned about academic writing to your workplace. Finally, we'll wrap everything up with a review of the key points of the course. You should be very proud of all that you've learned

Course 3 - Certificate in Grammar Refresher Online Course

There are 12 units of study

 Parts of Speech

In this first lesson, you'll start by meeting your instructor and getting comfortable in your new online classroom. Then you'll reacquaint yourself with parts of speech. You might have heard about pronouns and conjunctions or prepositions and interjections, but do you have any idea what these things are? What is an adverb, anyway? You'll find out in this lesson as you begin to organize a bunch of words into a complete sentence.

Mixed-up Words

It’s time to learn about some tricky words that often get confused because they sound alike. In this lesson, you'll begin to spot mix-ups such as have/of, lie/lay, and there/their. This will pave the way to learning which is the right word for the sentence you want to write.

 

Contractions and Possessives

In this lesson, you'll master the mighty apostrophe, a tiny punctuation mark that has a big job to do. We'll look at how it's used to combine words and express ownership. Building on what you know about mix-ups, you'll find out when and where the apostrophe belongs, and why it sometimes doesn't.

Subjects and Predicates

Every sentence needs a subject and a predicate, so it's important to know what they are and how to find them. In this lesson, you'll learn what is and isn't a subject and a predicate, and you'll master the basics of sentence structure.

Sentence Fragments

Get ready to master sentence fragments. In this lesson, you'll see how bits and pieces can masquerade as a whole. You'll learn to recognize when a collection of words doesn't quite measure up to a real sentence. Then you'll be able to attach those words to their missing part or find a way to rewrite them so that they can stand up on their own.

Run-on Sentences

Some of us just like to keep going and going and going. In this lesson, you'll learn how to stop. You'll learn a variety of ways to keep one independent clause from running into another and give your readers a chance to catch their breath.

Standard Verb Forms

 It's time to make sure you're the boss of your verbs. You'll see how the concepts of yesterday, today, and tomorrow can change a verb. Once you know your past, present, and future, you'll take a look at some other ideas that shape verbs, such as person, number, voice, and mood.

Pronouns

Some of them are small in size, like we and I, but as a group, they're large in number. Get ready to put you and me and he and she and this and that (and lots more) under a microscope. You'll learn about the different kinds of pronouns and how some of them change depending on what they're doing in a sentence.

Agreement

It's time to take the argument out of your grammar. In this lesson, you'll apply what you've learned about subjects, verbs, and pronouns and find out how to make them all agree with one another. The result will be grammatical harmony.

Shifts in Person, Tense, and Structure

In this lesson, you'll learn how to stay on the straight and narrow grammatical path. You'll begin to recognize inconsistencies. And you'll see how to create a steady narrative system by choosing a person, a time, and a structural method to organize your words, phrases, and clauses.

Clarity, Conciseness, Diction, and Logic

Everything you've learned in the course so far has been leading to this lesson. Now you're ready to ensure your writing says what you want it to say. You'll learn how to express yourself in the appropriate language, with no wasted words. And you'll use logic to inspire your own good grammar.

Capitalization and Punctuation

Every piece of written work, great or small, needs its i's dotted. In our final lesson, you'll spend some time refreshing your memory on those long-forgotten rules of capitalization. At last, you'll distinguish between colons and semicolons, and parentheses and dashes. But we won't say goodbye until you're equipped with an editing checklist to keep in your back pocket.

Requirements

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet.

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

Microsoft Windows XP, or laterModern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

OSX/iOS 6 or laterModern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or fasterFlash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

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About This Course

Get Grammar for ESL, Writing for ESL, and Grammar Refresher in this Bundle

1. Grammar for ESL: Gain Proper Understanding in ESL Grammar

This 6-week Certificate in Grammar for ESL Online Course includes in-depth analysis of English grammar for intermediate to advanced English as Second Language college students.

Structure of Standard English is explored in order to prepare the learner for regular mainstream English classes. Topics include a review of all tenses, the use of modals, the adjective clause, the noun clause, the adverb clause, phrases, count and non-count nouns and some English terms. The online grammar courses are designed to provide students ample opportunities to apply their knowledge to their particular areas of study throughout college and beyond. As one of the required courses in most college ESL programs to transfer to mainstream English or to transfer to a university, this course establishes a foundation for continuous learning and serves as a complement to other courses the student may be taking or will take.

2. Writing for ESL: Learn the Process and Guideliness to be an Effective ESL Writer 

Has your academic or career progress been slowed by the challenges of writing in English? Many ESL learners have excellent educations, training, and skills in their native countries. However, their dreams of success elude them in English-speaking countries because they cannot write effectively in their new language. This Certificate in Writing for ESL Online Course will show you what English readers expect and how your writing can achieve your goals.

You will learn about the entire writing process and its five stages: prewriting, outlining, writing, revising, and editing. In the first two stages, you will see how to generate and then focus your ideas. In the writing and revising stages, you will discover how to write clearly focused topic sentences and thesis statements, which will guide you in writing logical, unified paragraphs and essays. In the final stage, you will refine and perfect your work, making it free of grammatical and punctuation errors.

Along the way, you will also gain important critical thinking skills and learn some techniques for writing concisely—something that is highly valued in English writing. When you finish this course, you will be able to write clearly, logically, and cohesively, and you will be able to apply what you have learned in any academic or work setting.

3. Grammar Refresher: Start Now To Learn Grammar Refresher

Whatever your goals, a grasp of English grammar is important if you want to improve your speaking and writing skills. This course will help you gain confidence in your ability to produce clean, grammatically correct work. You'll explore the basics of English grammar—like sentence structure and punctuation—as well as more sophisticated concepts—like logic and clarity. A patient instructor, memorable lessons, vivid examples, and interactive exercises will give you ample opportunity to put what you learn into practice. Reacquaint yourself with old, forgotten rules, meet some new ones, and discover your own grammatical strengths.

For comprehensive information on units of study click the units of study tab above.

This is an incredible opportunity to invest in yourself and your future, sharpen your training skills and learn what it takes to create your own success with Courses For Success Today!

Course Fast Facts:

  1. This course is delivered 100% on-line and is accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone
  2. Instructors lead each course and you will be able to interact with them and ask questions
  3. You can study from home or at work at your own pace in your own time
  4. You can download printer friendly course material or save for viewing off line
  5. You will be awarded a certificate at completion of this course

How to study online course?

Upon enrolment an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. New courses start every month to ensure that we have the correct ratio of students to tutors available, please ensure you select a starting date when you go through our shopping cart, at checkout. The course is easy to follow and understand.

Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete each course receive a certificate of completion per course, with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.

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Units of Study

The Grammar for ESL Online 3 Course Bundle includes the following courses, below is a summary of each course: 

Course 1 - Certificate in Grammar for ESL Online Course

There are 12 units of study

Introduction

No matter what the language, grammar is often viewed as a difficult thing to grasp. Most of us don't really know what grammar is. You'll find out here in our first lesson. You'll be surprised to learn how simple grammar can be. Once you discover this, you'll want to read and learn more.

Verb Tenses and the Three Major Verbs In English

Unlike other languages, English grammar follows a very logical structure. In this lesson, you'll discover how the language functions and grasp the main verbs of English. In addition, we'll explore some of the language structures that can be confusing and prove that once you discover the trick, they really aren't confusing at all.

Tenses and Forms Of Verbs

Today, we'll talk about past and present tenses. We'll examine how we manipulate verbs to give specific meanings. You'll find out how to construct effective sentences in standard academic English.

The Future Perfect Tense, Gerunds and Infinitives

In this lesson, you'll see how an action is reported as complete in future time. A lot of people, including native speakers, avoid this future perfect form, but you won't. You'll discover why it's important to understand and use the future perfect. Then we'll explore the difference between the infinitive (to go) and the gerund (going) forms. You will learn when and how to use them appropriately.

Making Sense of the Modals

Native speakers know how to use most of the modals correctly. But it's common to make errors in using the right modal for the right tense (time). In this lesson, we'll make sense of these unique words that are used to help verbs give a specific meaning.

The Passive Voice

The core of this lesson is identifying the active and passive voice or, who did what to whom. This is essential because it reflects one's ability to think clearly and logically. Understanding the active and passive voice is also important because it will help you detect deceitful statements others may make in an effort to persuade you to do something.

Noun Clauses

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a clause and a phrase? Today you'll find out. You'll also learn how questions are formed in English. This is particularly important because English can be a little different from other languages. For example, Spanish generally depends on the music of the language to create a question. English depends on the word order—the verb must always come before the subject in order to form a question.

Reported Speech

To report means to say what we saw or heard—to retell what someone has already said, or what we have already experienced. Communication would be very difficult if we didn't have the reported speech form. Can you imagine yourself talking in quotes all the time? In this lesson, we'll examine what English speakers do to change a quoted speech to reported speech. You'll find out how easy it is to do this and also learn the common errors that even native speakers make.

Adjective and Adverb Clauses

Today, we'll look at practical applications of adjective and adverb clauses. These terms can be confusing, but I'll make them as clear as possible in this lesson. You'll discover that the challenge of learning them can actually be fun!

Real and Unreal Conditional, 'Wish' and 'If'

Real and unreal conditionals create a problem for many of us. A speaker can easily make errors if he or she is unaware of what's real and what's unreal. Today, you'll grasp the difference and find out what's considered acceptable English. You'll be surprised to see how often mistakes are made and how easy it is to avoid making them.

Count and Non-Count Nouns, Subject/Verb Agreement

There are many nouns in English that can't be counted. We need to know what they are so we can use the proper verb form with them. In this lesson, we'll address these nouns. We'll see how to make the verb agree with the subject of a sentence. You'll learn how to determine what verb form to use if the subject is singular, third person, plural, or non-count.

English as Second/Foreign Language Problem Spots

In this, our final lesson, we'll discuss your newly developed confidence in understanding how English grammar works. We'll talk about how what we've covered contributes to an appreciation for languages in general and English in particular.

Course 2 - Certificate in Writing for ESL Online Course

There are 12 units of study

An Overview of Writing

Knowing how to write well is one of the most important skills you can have, whether you're writing e-mails and letters at work or essays and research papers in school. In our first lesson, we'll explore the key differences between speaking and writing plus a few techniques for continually improving your writing throughout your life. But there's more! You'll also understand the whole process of writing, starting with the prewriting stage and going all the way through the editing stage. You'll see that you truly can master writing in English, and I'll show you how!

The Creative Process

Do you ever struggle with not knowing what to write about? Many of us do. In today's lesson, you'll learn two effective methods for generating all the ideas you need: brainstorming and clustering. Then, once you have your ideas, you need to organize them. You'll do this in the outlining stage. An outline is like a detailed map of where you want to take readers in your writing. When your outline is finished, you're ready to begin writing. So, we'll also examine two crucial elements of any written piece: the topic sentence and paragraphs.

Effective Essays

In this lesson, you'll learn all about how to write effective essays. Why should you learn about this particular form of writing? The essay form will hone your writing and thinking skills, helping you develop and connect your ideas in a clear, logical, focused way. You can certainly apply these skills in any setting! A vital component of all essays is the thesis statement, so we'll spend a lot of time exploring this. When you finish with this lesson, you'll be able to write strong thesis statements that will set a sure course for your essays.

Three Types of Essays

Now it's time to try out what you've learned so far about essays! In this lesson, you'll learn about three different essay types: descriptive, narrative, and explanatory. Each type has its own distinct purpose. Descriptive essays have vivid details that help your readers get involved in what you're writing. Narrative essays tell stories, starting at the beginning and moving logically to the end. Explanatory essays allow you to explain something you know about to your readers. I've provided lots of examples to show you how to write each kind of essay. You'll have fun with these!

Compare and Contrast Essays

You'll be able to apply the essay styles you learned about in the previous lesson to many other kinds of essays, including the one you'll learn about today: the compare and contrast essay. These essays let you examine, describe, and explain the similarities and differences between at least two topics. Additionally, you'll get acquainted with the importance of transitions and see what they can do for your writing. Rest assured—I'll provide you with lots of examples to walk you through how to write these very interesting pieces.

Cause and Effect Essays

Have you ever struggled to explain to your child what the effects of a certain course of action would be? Or have you ever tried to explain to your boss how one thing caused something else to happen? You may not have realized it, but you were engaging in the logical thinking required to understand cause and effect relationships. In today's lesson, you'll sharpen your logical skills by learning how to write cause and effect essays. Sometimes you'll analyze how one cause produced several different effects. At other times, you'll analyze how one effect had several causes. Once again, I'll provide you with sample essays that will point the way in your own writing.

Argumentation Essays

Do you feel confident in presenting or defending your opinions? In this lesson, you'll acquire one of the most important skills in writing: how to argue your point of view convincingly. You'll learn how to develop a sound thesis, organize your supporting evidence, and explain your argument fairly and persuasively. Most important, you'll learn how to think critically, as well as recognize and avoid fallacies. This will be a most interesting lesson, and as always, I'll provide you with many examples to guide you along your way.

Correcting Your Wording

In the past seven lessons, you've explored the prewriting, outlining, writing, and revising stages of the overall writing process. In the balance of this course, you'll strengthen your grammar skills so that you can perform the final stage—editing—with a keen eye and a sure hand. In this lesson, you'll study the art of wording. You'll learn how to rephrase wordy, redundant, pretentious, and vague language. You'll also understand what homophones and homonyms are and safely discern the right word to use. Finally, you'll learn to guard against slang and clichés so you can communicate well in any setting. Most of all, you'll see how fun and useful grammar can really be!

Take Care With Verbs

Native English speakers and writers often struggle with verbs, so this tricky area will be something ESL learners will want to be extra careful about. Verbs can be the most powerful words in your sentences, but if you don't use them correctly, they become powerfully confusing. Today, we'll examine verb tenses and inflections, subject-verb agreement issues, and active vs. passive voice. When you finish this lesson, you'll use verbs with confidence!

Other Parts of Speech

Having spent the entire previous lesson looking at verbs, you now need to learn about the other parts of speech. So we'll review important features of nouns and pronouns, adjectives and adverbs, prepositions, and conjunctions. Next we'll look at the three types of clauses: noun, adjective, and adverb clauses. Finally, you'll gain another important technique for trimming wordiness: reducing clauses to simple phrases.

Common Writing Problems

The English language, though certainly not the most difficult, can present native and non-native speakers alike with challenging problems. In this lesson, you'll see how to avoid some common problems with subjects and objects so that your writing will always be clear. Next, you'll laugh as you learn about mistaken and dangling modifiers. These misplaced and unclear words and phrases often create as much unintentional humor as they do confusion! Finally, you'll discover how to tell possessives and contractions apart. This is sure to be an entertaining, as well as informative, lesson!

Punctuation and Wrap-Up

In our last lesson together, we'll focus on punctuation, paying special attention to the helpful but often misused comma. In addition, you'll learn how to skillfully use semicolons, colons, and dashes, along with the concluding punctuation marks. Next, you'll see how you can apply what you've learned about academic writing to your workplace. Finally, we'll wrap everything up with a review of the key points of the course. You should be very proud of all that you've learned

Course 3 - Certificate in Grammar Refresher Online Course

There are 12 units of study

 Parts of Speech

In this first lesson, you'll start by meeting your instructor and getting comfortable in your new online classroom. Then you'll reacquaint yourself with parts of speech. You might have heard about pronouns and conjunctions or prepositions and interjections, but do you have any idea what these things are? What is an adverb, anyway? You'll find out in this lesson as you begin to organize a bunch of words into a complete sentence.

Mixed-up Words

It’s time to learn about some tricky words that often get confused because they sound alike. In this lesson, you'll begin to spot mix-ups such as have/of, lie/lay, and there/their. This will pave the way to learning which is the right word for the sentence you want to write.

 

Contractions and Possessives

In this lesson, you'll master the mighty apostrophe, a tiny punctuation mark that has a big job to do. We'll look at how it's used to combine words and express ownership. Building on what you know about mix-ups, you'll find out when and where the apostrophe belongs, and why it sometimes doesn't.

Subjects and Predicates

Every sentence needs a subject and a predicate, so it's important to know what they are and how to find them. In this lesson, you'll learn what is and isn't a subject and a predicate, and you'll master the basics of sentence structure.

Sentence Fragments

Get ready to master sentence fragments. In this lesson, you'll see how bits and pieces can masquerade as a whole. You'll learn to recognize when a collection of words doesn't quite measure up to a real sentence. Then you'll be able to attach those words to their missing part or find a way to rewrite them so that they can stand up on their own.

Run-on Sentences

Some of us just like to keep going and going and going. In this lesson, you'll learn how to stop. You'll learn a variety of ways to keep one independent clause from running into another and give your readers a chance to catch their breath.

Standard Verb Forms

 It's time to make sure you're the boss of your verbs. You'll see how the concepts of yesterday, today, and tomorrow can change a verb. Once you know your past, present, and future, you'll take a look at some other ideas that shape verbs, such as person, number, voice, and mood.

Pronouns

Some of them are small in size, like we and I, but as a group, they're large in number. Get ready to put you and me and he and she and this and that (and lots more) under a microscope. You'll learn about the different kinds of pronouns and how some of them change depending on what they're doing in a sentence.

Agreement

It's time to take the argument out of your grammar. In this lesson, you'll apply what you've learned about subjects, verbs, and pronouns and find out how to make them all agree with one another. The result will be grammatical harmony.

Shifts in Person, Tense, and Structure

In this lesson, you'll learn how to stay on the straight and narrow grammatical path. You'll begin to recognize inconsistencies. And you'll see how to create a steady narrative system by choosing a person, a time, and a structural method to organize your words, phrases, and clauses.

Clarity, Conciseness, Diction, and Logic

Everything you've learned in the course so far has been leading to this lesson. Now you're ready to ensure your writing says what you want it to say. You'll learn how to express yourself in the appropriate language, with no wasted words. And you'll use logic to inspire your own good grammar.

Capitalization and Punctuation

Every piece of written work, great or small, needs its i's dotted. In our final lesson, you'll spend some time refreshing your memory on those long-forgotten rules of capitalization. At last, you'll distinguish between colons and semicolons, and parentheses and dashes. But we won't say goodbye until you're equipped with an editing checklist to keep in your back pocket.

Requirements

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet.

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

Microsoft Windows XP, or laterModern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

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OSX/iOS 6 or laterModern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

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Students will also need access the following applications:

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