Grammar and Punctuation

 

Length Time Prerequisites
3 -5 weeks 2 – 4 hrs/week Be a fluent English speaker

Overview

English is the second most widely used language on the planet. Therefore English language skills are incredibly important – in fact, the language skills of a workforce can have a direct impact on the growth of a business. Good grammar and punctuation are vital for any professional operating in the business world as it is the wording of a document that conveys precise meaning to the reader.

This Grammar and Punctuation course is for any company or individual who would like to improve their knowledge of language in order to develop their writing skills. It is a 5 week course that provides a comprehensive overview of grammar, punctuation and spelling. It will instruct course participants how to construct effective sentences, build paragraphs, identify common errors while doing so, vary sentences for clarity, purpose and effect, and utilize best practice to make it easier to read and understand a document.

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Syllabus

MODULE 1


Introduction to Grammar and Punctuation

On successful completion of this module, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss and outline the importance of good grammar and punctuation

MODULE 2


Spelling

On successful completion of this module, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the basic rules of spelling
  • Identify commonly misspelled words
  • Identify and use the correct spelling for plurals and homophones such as their, there and they’re

MODULE 3


Sentence Parts

On successful completion of this module, participants will be able to:

  • Describe basic sentence structure
  • Correctly identify parts of sentences
  • Understand basic sentence terminology
  • Understand the difference between a phrase and a clause and describe the elements of each

MODULE 4


Parts of Speech

On successful completion of this module, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the different parts of speech, describe their function and outline their correct usage

MODULE 5


Punctuation

On successful completion of this module, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the role of punctuation in a text
  • Identify different punctuation marks and their uses
  • Utilize punctuation marks correctly

MODULE 6


Writing Sentences and Paragraphs

On successful completion of this module, participants will be able to:

  • Identify common writing errors in writing sentences and paragraphs
  • Recognize paragraph and topic sentences
  • Vary sentences for clarity, purpose and effect
  • Utilize best practice that makes it easier to read and understand sentences and paragraphs
  • Outline best practice for the use of the active and passive voice
  • Describe best practice when using technical terms in a document

MODULE 7


Capitalization

On successful completion of this module, participants will be able to:

  • Outline when a word should be capitalized
  • Describe the rules for capitalizing words
  • Outline different conventions of capitalization

MODULE 8


Numbers

On successful completion of this module, participants will be able to:

  • Describe when to spell out a quantity and when to use a numeral
  • Outline how to treat common numerical expressions
  • Understand the conventions for punctuating numerals
  • Write and correctly format specific or exact numbers
  • Correctly express units of measurement