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Course Name
Building with the Basics: Grammar and Punctuation

Contact Hours: 24

Course Description

When used correctly, good grammar and proper punctuation are rarely noticed but, when misused, cause document disasters.

Based on a building analogy that anyone can relate to, this workshop is designed with many opportunities for participants to “build” documents using the tools of their language. Included are pre-and post-tests to show learning progress. Participants value this update on “DOS” and “taboos” for more powerful writing and smarter speaking since the same basic rules apply.

This course can be taken in a self-directed pace. You will have 1 year access to this course.

As a result of taking this course:
  • You will be able to apply this knowledge in the workplace
  • You will have an appreciable understanding of the subject matter
  • You will be trained in a systematic manner designed to get you up to speed on the subject matter in a short period of time

Self-assessment through exam simulation.

I. Building Materials — Sentence Structure

A. Bricks and Mortar for Communication - Sentence Structure
B. Walls - Subjects and Predicates (Verbs)
C. Rooms - Compound and Complex Sentences
D. Cleaning Up - Fragments, Comma Splices, and Run-ons

II. Working Together — Grammar

A. Good Working Conditions - Subject-Verb Agreement
B. Blocks - Pronoun Case, Reference, and Agreement
C. Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow - Verb Tense
D. Beyond the Basic Room - Modifiers
E. Brick Alignment - Parallel Structure
F. Windows - Variety

III. Constructions Aids — Mechanics

A. Screws - Punctuation
B. Nails - Capitalization
C. Tacks - Abbreviations
D. Brick Choice - Word Usage

IV. Finishing the Job — Revising

A. Interior Decorating - Editing and Proofreading
B. Inspection - Editing and Proofreading