Grammar and Punctuation Course

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Grammar and punctuation are the sinews that hold a language together, give it form and structure. All those who write or edit need a thorough grasp of them to ensure that the words flow smoothly and their meaning is effortlessly understood by the reader. In the fast-paced modern world, grammar and punctuation are powerful tools of efficient communication.

Learning Aims

This grammar and punctuation course aims to give you a thorough practical understanding of grammar and punctuation that you can apply to avoid the pitfalls of incorrect usage, convey your ideas clearly and use to enrich your writing style. This interactive grammar and punctuation course will help you to master the rules and conventions that underpin language and efficient communication.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this grammar and punctuation course you will be able to:

  1. Understand how words work together through the parts of speech.
  2. Master the tenses and moods of verbs.
  3. Know what a sentence is and how it is structured with phrases and clauses.
  4. Understand the importance of word order (syntax) in English.
  5. Avoid ambiguity through good syntax and punctuation.
  6. Understand why the active voice is generally better than the passive voice.
  7. Know which well-known grammar rules are false and can be ignored.
  8. Avoid common pitfalls of grammar and punctuation by mastering key rules.
  9. Use the rich range of punctuation marks with confidence.
  10. Master capitalisation, bullet point punctuation, italics and much more.
  11. Use grammar and punctuation as tools to enrich your writing.
  12. Use style guides for consistency where different usages are allowed.
  13. Know when to break the rules for dramatic effect.

Course Content

The following topics will be covered in this grammar and punctuation course:

How words work

  • The parts of speech.
  • How to use each part of speech.

How sentences work

  • What is a sentence?
  • English syntax and the importance of word order.
  • Clauses and phrases.

Grammar in action

  • Nonsense rules you don’t have to obey.
  • Active versus passive voice.
  • Mastering important grammar rules.

Punctuation perfection

  • Why punctuation matters.
  • Mastering all the common punctuation marks.

Using grammar and punctuation with flair

  • Giving your writing that extra sophistication.
  • When to break the rules for dramatic effect.
  • Make yourself clear: clarity and the avoidance of ambiguity.

Style guides

  • How they can bring consistency where there are usage choices

Intended Audience

This grammar and punctuation course is designed for anyone who works with words in a workplace, professional or educational environment. This course is open to anyone with reasonable fluency in English.

This grammar and punctuation course is part of a series of courses, focusing on business communication. Other Communication courses include; Business Writing Course, Editing and Proofreading Course and Presentation Skills Course. Those writing business cases or proposals may also have an interest in our Business Case Course: Prepare an Effective Business Case.

Delivery Style

This grammar and punctuation course will be delivered as an interactive workshop consisting of an instructor-led lecture, group and individual activities. This training approach allows you to work through concepts introduced by the instructor in an application-focussed teaching environment. You will challenge your understanding of the concepts and consider their application once back in your individual workplace.

Course Prerequisites

This grammar and punctuation course has no prerequisites and is open to all members of the public.

Course Features

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