Centre for Continuing Education

Grammar and Punctuation Course: Fundamentals

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In this intensive grammar and punctuation course, you’ll spend a day learning all the basic concepts and principles of grammar that you were probably never formally taught. What do ‘subject’, ‘verb/s’ and ‘predicate’ mean? How do you use phrases, clauses and sentences to construct effective paragraphs? What are the nine parts of speech? What is the purpose of the punctuation marks, and how do you set up bulleted lists?

This grammar and punctuation course is for you if you work with words and need to grasp the basics so you can identify errors and justify your corrections. Using a list of the standard ‘hard-copy editing’ marks, you’ll work with other participants to identify errors, correct sentences, justify your corrections and understand when more than one solution is acceptable.

Join us for a day of de-mystifying a ‘key learning area’ that hasn’t been systematically taught in Australian schools since 1972!

Outcomes

Participants in the grammar and punctuation course:

  1. Learn the basic concepts and principles of English grammar and punctuation.
  2. Discover how to define and explain key terminology.
  3. Develop skills so they can justify their corrections to their own writing and anyone else’s.
  4. Develop skills so they can undertake drafting and copy editing.
  5. Learn to solve some of the common problems that everyone encounters when reading and writing.

Content

In this grammar and punctuation course, the main topics covered are:

  • Subject, verb/s and predicate.
  • Active and passive voice.
  • Construction of English.
  • The punctuation marks.
  • The nine parts of speech.
  • Rules and conventions.
  • 20 general-revision questions.
  • 25 punctuation questions.
  • Identifying the parts of speech in a paragraph.
  • The standard marks that professional editors use to edit hard copy.

Course suitable for

The grammar and punctuation course is suitable for anyone who works with words in a professional, business or educational setting.

There are no prerequisites for enrolling in the grammar and punctuation course other than reasonable fluency in the English language. The course is pitched at the level of people who wish to improve their written English and justify the choices they make in their writing.

Delivery Style

The grammar and punctuation course is delivered in the form of both an explanatory lecture and a hands-on workshop that includes interactive group exercises.

Before the course

Students should bring with them a blue, red, green and black pen (or preferably all four colours in the one pen) so they can mirror the colour-coding system the tutor uses when explaining concepts on the whiteboard.

Recommended Reading

The following text is available for purchase from the university’s Co-operative Bookshop and is intended to be an additional reference for the material covered during the workshop. It contains additional detailed information as well as three specific exercises, two general-revision exercises, and answers for all the exercise questions.

  • Deb Doyle. Grey Areas and Gremlins: A Grammar and Punctuation Refresher. Fourth edition, including answers for exercises. Self-published text-workbook, available for optional purchase for $50 during the course.

Features

  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Small class sizes
  • Free, expert advice
  • Student materials – yours to keep
  • Statement of completion

What others say.

  • Excellent course. I would highly recommend to my colleagues. Tutor was very clear and thorough which made the course enjoyable to learn.

  • This course was a game changer. The tutor broke down concepts into simple explanations. I should have done this years ago. A great course for all walks of life.

  • I would like to recommend this presenter to any corporate institution to do a refresher day course – very thorough and very proactive with a hint of humor. Excellent investment.

  • I enjoyed the course and know I will be able to utilise what I learned in my working and every-day life.

  • Great course, almost too much information to pack into one day! Also appreciate the small course size as this makes for a more focussed, engaging experience.

  • The presenter certainly delivered an excellent course. They clearly explained the intricacies of grammar and punctuation with a practical approach, and with humour, which was appreciated by the group. I am really looking forward to booking into the advanced course.

  • Excellent course. Look forward to attending the advanced course next year.

  • I definitely feel more empowered and more confident about my writing, since completing this course.

$478 Limited GST free
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