Improve your English writing and grammar with this distance learning course
This is more than a basic course; but it is very much intended for people who speak english as a second language; who may communicate adequately; but who may have done their schooling as a child in another language. Often this situation leaves a person lacking in a full and proper understanding of English grammar; punctuation, sentence structuring and other peculiarities of the English language. This course can make a difference; particularly improving your skills in writing english; but over time, also in speaking it.
There are 12 lessons in this module. They are:
1. Parts of speech
- parts of speech, singular & plural forms, and subject-verb agreement
- verb tense, infinitives, participles, phrasal verbs
3. Parts of a sentence
- subject & predicate, object, clauses and phrases
4. Building and combining sentences
- structure and meaning, sentence variety, linking words
– related words, word origins, prefixes, suffixes, word combinations
6. Developing vocabulary
– context, formal & informal language, connotative & denotative language
7. Writing for different purposes Part 1
– writing to obtain and clarify information
8. Writing for different purposes Part 2
- writing to provide information
9. Writing for business
– writing letters, short reports, submissions
10. Study skills
– understanding concepts, essay structure, addressing all parts of a topic, understanding what is required, referencing
11. Proof reading and editing
- correcting and refining your document, targeting the intended reader
12. Special project
– reading, researching and writing for three different contexts – work, study, business.
- Understand the basic rules of grammar
- Apply rules of grammar to construct correct sentences
- Identify word parts – word roots, prefixes and suffixes
- Use word parts to develop vocabulary
- Name the parts of speech
- Understand basic principles of correct sentence construction
- Understand the nature and purpose of a paragraph
- Identify different kinds of language - formal/informal, direct/indirect
- Identify appropriate language for different writing contexts
- Use correct formats for business writing
- Use correct formats for writing for study
- Improve pronunciation
Duration: 100 hours of self paced study -no limits....take as long as you need to do the course!
WHAT YOU WILL DO IN THIS COURSE
Students will learn:
- basic principles and terms of English grammar
- what are the parts of speech in English, and the forms in which they can be used
- how to correctly use parts of speech, including as adverbs and pronouns
- what are the basic building blocks of English sentences
- how to construct correct sentences
- how to vary sentence structure
- what is a paragraph, and how to construct one
- common work roots and how they are used to create different English words
- the role and meanings of suffixes and prefixes
- when and how to use direct (denotative) and indirect (connotative) language in business or study
- how to write correctly for different purposes
- correct business writing
- how to respond appropriately to different study tasks
- different writing formats for workplace and study
- how and why to reference
- how to edit a piece of writing to improve its organisation and readability
- how to proof read a piece of writing to eliminate errors
- what to consider when planning a piece of writing.
Learn How To Make Your Writing Better
Good writing doesn't just happen. It needs to have purpose, be meaningful, relevant, and appropriate to its intended readers. It should also be easy to understand. To satisfy all these criteria, writers must first answer several questions:
- What do you hope to achieve with your writing? (ie. its purpose?)
- Who is likely to read it?
- What do you want to include and exclude from the content? (What might the anticipated readers need to know, want to know, and like to know?)
- How can you communicate intended information accurately and appropriately, to achieve your purpose? (What language, layout and format will be most suitable?)
The purpose of your writing is often given to you by someone else, such as a teacher or employer, who asks you to write something. That person, however, may not clearly state the reasons behind their request. Your first task, therefore, is to ask what that person wants you to achieve with your writing.
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Study ESL by home study. Improve your English grammar and writing skills
- Develop your English grammar.
- Improve your writing for business and study.
- Strengthen your English language skills, with particular focus on writing skills.
- Learn by a range of different methods and exercises in each lesson.
- A must for anyone wanting to improve their writing skills.