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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Internet access, e-mail, and the Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox Web browser. Please note: this course teaches American English grammar. Also, this course is not designed for ESL students. If you are an ESL student, please consider enrolling in Grammar for ESL Students with Sabri Bebawi.


All courses run for six weeks, with a two-week grace period at the end. Two lessons are released each week for the six-week duration of the course. You do not have to be present when the lesson is released, but you must complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

A new section of each course starts on the second or third Wednesday of each month. If enrolling in a series of two or more courses, please be sure to space the start date for each course at least two months apart.

Week One
Wednesday - Lesson 01
Which Is Which? - In this first lesson, you'll start by meeting your instructor and getting comfortable in your new online classroom. Then you'll learn about some tricky words that sound alike yet often get confused in writing. 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.
Friday - Lesson 02
Its or It's? - 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.
Week Two
Wednesday - Lesson 03
I Am and You Are - You might have heard that every sentence needs a subject and a predicate, but do you have any idea what those two things are? In this lesson, you'll reacquaint yourself with parts of speech. (What is an adverb, anyway?) Then you'll learn what's required to organize a bunch of words into a complete sentence.
Friday - Lesson 04
As You Were Saying - 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 they can stand up on their own.
Week Three
Wednesday - Lesson 05
On and On and On - 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 sentence from running into another and give your readers or listeners a chance to catch their breath.
Friday - Lesson 06
They Write, Not Writes, Right? - 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 things that shape verbs, like voice and mood.
Week Four
Wednesday - Lesson 07
You Are You - They're small in size but 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.
Friday - Lesson 08
Let's Agree - 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. Only then can you create grammatical harmony.
Week Five
Wednesday - Lesson 09
Along the Same Lines - In this lesson, you'll learn how to stay on the straight and narrow grammatical path. You'll begin to recognize inconsistencies. You'll learn how to create a steady narrative system by choosing a person, time, and method to organize your words.
Friday - Lesson 10
Say What You Mean - Everything you've learned in this course has been leading to this lesson. Now you're going to ensure that your writing comes out the way you want it to. You'll learn how to express yourself in the appropriate language, with no wasted words. You'll use logical thinking to inspire your own good grammar.
Week Six
Wednesday - Lesson 11
Why Stop at a Period? - Every work, great or small, needs its i's dotted. At last, the colon will be distinguished from the semicolon, parentheses from dashes, and the often-misnamed backslash from the forward slash. You'll also spend some time refreshing your memory on those long-forgotten rules of capitalization.
Friday - Lesson 12
To Err Is Human - We won't say goodbye until we've done a sweeping review of the previous lessons. Then, we'll go over a checklist and do some editing practices. You'll take one more step toward grammatical empowerment by learning independent proofreading and self-checking methods.

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