Grammar for Professionals

Welcome! This online course targets the most common and serious errors in workplace writing. It uses a sentence-composing approach to grammar. Instead of learning rules in isolation, you’ll use them right away in your own writing.

This course will help you write complete, correct, and clear sentences; use parallel structure; write in the active voice; and avoid sentence errors. You’ll also review punctuation, capitalization, and commonly confused words—and much more.

You'll read instruction and examples, watch videos, complete activities, take quizzes, and measure your learning with pre- and post-assessments. Upon successful completion of this course, you'll receive certification for 1.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Employ standard grammar and usage in writing
  • Construct clear and correct sentences
  • Recognize when to use different sentence structures for different purposes
  • Use plain language and eliminate deadwood and jargon
  • Understand and employ parallel structure
  • Avoid common errors by correctly applying rules and guidelines
  • Identify subjects and verbs
  • Recognize singular and plural subjects and verbs
  • Correct subject-verb agreement errors
  • Convert passive sentences to active voice
  • Use pronouns correctly, including subject, object, and possessive pronouns
  • Determine if pronouns agree with their antecedents
  • Correct misplaced and dangling modifiers
  • Use correct punctuation and capitalization
  • Understand how to use in your workplace

Table of Contents

  • Connecting Grammar to the Seven Traits of Writing
  • Understanding the Purpose of Grammar
  • Pre-Assessment

Module 1: Understanding Grammar

  • Targeting Essential Rules
  • Creating Sentences to Learn
  • Lesson Wrap-Up
  • Quiz

Module 2: Writing Complete Sentences

  • Using Sentence Patterns
  • Varying Kinds of Sentences
  • Writing Active Sentences
  • Creating Parallel Structure
  • Combining Sentences
  • Using Basic Comma Rules
  • Using Advanced Comma Rules
  • Using Semicolons and Colons
  • Lesson Wrap-Up
  • Quiz

Module 3: Writing Agreeable Sentences

  • Reviewing Your Progress
  • Reviewing Subjects and Predicates
  • Forming Effective Subjects
  • Forming Effective Predicates
  • Basic Subject-Verb Agreement
  • Advanced Subject-Verb Agreement
  • Making Pronouns and Antecedents Agree
  • Fixing Other Pronoun Problems
  • Using Modifiers
  • Lesson Wrap-Up
  • Quiz

Module 4: Writing Correct Sentences

  • Correcting Run-Ons and Comma Splices
  • Avoiding Fragments
  • Avoiding Tricky Fragments
  • Fixing Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers
  • Fixing Incomplete Comparisons
  • Avoiding Ambiguous Wording and References
  • Fixing Rambling Sentences
  • Keeping Subjects, Verbs, and Objects Together
  • Lesson Wrap-Up
  • Quiz

Module 5: Writing Clear Sentences

  • Reviewing Your Progress
  • Working with Irregular Verbs
  • Using Consistent Verb Tense
  • Forming Possessives
  • Using Possessive Pronouns and Contractions
  • Avoiding Double Negatives
  • Removing Deadwood and Redundancy
  • Weeding Out Flowery Language and Triteness
  • Removing Jargon
  • Lesson Wrap-Up
  • Quiz

Module 6: Using the Correct Word

  • Reviewing Basic Usage
  • Reviewing Usage
  • Reviewing Advanced Usage
  • Lesson Wrap-Up
  • Quiz

Module 7: Applying Grammar Skills

  • Understanding Editing
  • Proofreading
  • Identifying Editing Tools
  • Post-Assessment

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