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Excellent English: A Writing Review - Part I, 2, 3 Bundle

Contact Hours: 30

Course Description
Part 1 This is the first of three review courses that together provide an in-depth review of grammar, punctuation, mechanics, sentence structure and clarity. Part I of the review covers the most basic aspects of good writing: understanding parts of sentences and speech; ensuring sentence completeness; and conquering common problems with verbs, pronouns and modifiers. Students will read, study, complete exercises and take mastery quizzes that will ensure their understanding of the concepts and revision techniques. Required Book for all 3 courses: The Classic Guide to Better Writing: Step-by-Step Techniques and Exercises to Write Simply, Clearly and Correctly By Rudolf Flesch & Abraham H. Lass

Part 2 This is the second of three review courses that together provide an in-depth review of grammar, punctuation, mechanics, sentence structure and clarity. Part II of the review covers punctuation, providing students with practical understanding of punctuation without forcing them to memorize countless rules. Weekly units teach the use of commas, semicolons, colons, hyphens, dashes, and parentheses. Exercises, tutoring and mastery quizzes help students understand the concepts and recognize and revise punctuation errors in their own writing.

Part 3 This is the third of three review courses that together provide an in-depth review of grammar, punctuation, mechanics, sentence structure and clarity. Part III of the review will help the student develop a clear, concise, and dynamic writing style. Exercises, tutoring and mastery quizzes help students understand the concepts and revise their own writing to be more clear, concise, and dynamic. Topics include clear reference; using synonyms and transitions; avoiding redundancy and achieving concise, strong sentences; appropriate use of jargon; effective use of invented words; choosing strong verbs, etc.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
 
  • Distinguish the parts of speech.
  • Differentiate a complete sentence from a fragment.
  • Identify direct and indirect objects.
  • Determine which case to use in a given situation (“I” or “me,” “who” or “whom”).
  • Identify and correct misplaced modifiers.
  • Differentiate between the plural and the possessive.
  • Choose correct words and express themselves more accurately.
  • Use memory tricks and devices to remember what they have learned.
  • Identify and use various kinds of punctuation correctly.
  • Use commas correctly and to recognize and revise comma errors. -
  • Use semicolons and colons correctly.
  • Use hyphens correctly.
  • Use dashes and parentheses correctly.
  • Generate clear, concise and dynamic writing.
  • Recognize and revise redundancy, wordiness, weak constructions and passive verbs.
  • Use jargon appropriately.
  • Use logical transitions.

Assessment

  1. Students will complete a variety of exercises that reinforce the material.
  2. After each lesson, students will take a multiple-choice quiz.
  3. After the final lesson, students will take a multiple-choice exam. (see the course links for more more detailed information).

Individual Course Descriptions
Excellent English: A Writing Review - Part I: Sentence Structure
Excellent English: A Writing Review - Part II: Punctuation
Excellent English: A Writing Review - Part III: Achieving Clear and Concise Writing

Outcome
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Assessment
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