ESL Grammar Skills Level 2

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Course Description

This is a course for learning the English language. ESL Grammar Level 2 is a low intermediate course. After you know the fundamentals of pronouns, present simple tense, and past simple tense, you are ready to take this course.

ESL Grammar Level 2 continues your English language instruction. This course digs more deeply into the English language, specifically proper grammar usage.

This course begins to add language complexity and increase your ability to speak English properly. We'll review present and past simple tenses and continue on with instruction in the progressives, futures, and modals which will help complete your understanding of English fundamentals.  There are three main additions to English language instruction in ESL Grammar Level 2: progressive or continuous tenses, some future tenses, and modal verbs.

This course discusses present progressive and past progressive as well. It also covers the future tense with present progressive, present simple, will (and other modals), and be going to. Additionally, this course also covers more minor language essentials such as some/any, enough/too, too/either, much/many, make/do, used to, go + place, comparatives and superlatives, telling time, phrasal verbs, and some indirect speech. It also completes the student's instruction on possessives and pronouns.

Further, modal verbs are discussed in depth. In terms of writing, coordinating conjunctions are reviewed, providing the student with the full range of compound sentence options. Complex sentences are also covered in this course, complete with a variety of subordinating conjunctions for the student to build his or her command of the language and ability to combine ideas in writing.

Each lesson consists of written explanations and exercises, HD video, and an additional audio explanation. With the completion of this course, the student will have a solid grasp of the essential fundamentals of English and will be ready for the next course in the series: ESL Grammar Level 3.

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Lesson 1: Present Progressive (present continuous)

We can?t use the present simple to talk about things we?re doing right now. English has a different form for that, known as the present progressive, or present continuous (these are two names for the same thing). 36 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Simple Present ? Present Progressive; Present Progressive Tense
  • Take Survey: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Exam: Pre-Test
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: Object Pronouns

Object pronouns are used after the verb. 0 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review Article: Object Pronouns

Lesson 3: Possessive -?s

In English, there are two ways to talk about possessive. One way is to use the possessive adjectives (my, your, his, her, its, our, their). The other way is to put an apostrophe + s on the singular noun that you want to show possession for. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review Article: The Possessive Form of Nouns
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: Present Progressive as Future

English doesn?t have a single future tense, unlike many languages. Instead, we talk about the future in many ways. 5 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: Present Simple as Future

Another way we talk about the present is with the present simple. This form is generally reserved for schedules and timetables in the future. 6 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review Article: Present Simple and Continuous as Future Tenses
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: too / either

In English, when we want to agree with someone or express similarity, we use too. To express dissimilarity, we use either. 5 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review Article: Also / Too / Either
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: How long does it take??

When we want to express time measurements for the duration of something, we can use how long does it take?? 0 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video

Lesson 8: count/noncount nouns

Some nouns you can count. Examples of these are: apples, spaceships, cats, houses, ideas. Some nouns you can?t count. Examples of these are: science, nature, fun, milk, space. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review Article: Count and Non-Count Nouns
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Comparatives

In English, when we want to compare two things, we generally use ?er than. 7 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: Superlatives

When we compare two things, these are called comparatives. When we want to say that something is more or less than everything else like it, it?s called a superlative. 6 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review Article: Superlative Examples
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: as?as / not as?as

In Chapters 9 and 10, we talked about comparing two or more things that are different. In 11.1, we will discuss how to say you think two things are the same. 5 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review Article: Comparison of adjectives with as ... as
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exam

Lesson 12: enough / too

When we have an adequate amount of something and we don?t want or need any more, we use enough. 6 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review Article: How to use Enough?
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Exam

Lesson 13: make and do

In English, the verbs make and do may seem similar, but they are very different ? and both are very common. Therefore, it?s necessary to learn the differences between these two verbs. 5 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Review Article: Make or Do
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Exam

Lesson 14: go + place

When we want to use go with a place, we usually use it with the preposition to. 5 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Review Article: Confusing Words
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Exam

Lesson 15: WRITING: Compound Sentences and Coordinating Conjunctions

In this lesson, we will review the grammar of a compound sentence and discuss the remaining coordinating conjunctions: so, or, nor, for, yet. 7 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Review Article: Compound Sentences
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Exam

Lesson 16: Intention

When we want to talk about why we?re doing something, we can use the following form: action + to + purpose / reason (verb in simple form) 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 16 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 16 Exam

Lesson 17: Conditional 1

There are three forms of conditionals in English, each for a different unreal or possible situation. Here, we will talk about conditional 1. 5 Total Points
  • Lesson 17 Video
  • Review Article: Conditional Sentences / If-Clauses Type I, II and III
  • Complete: Lesson 17 Exam

Lesson 18: Modals Overview

Modal verbs are different from other types of verbs in a couple of ways. First, their form is unique, as we will see in a moment. Second, many modal verbs are interchangeable with each other. 5 Total Points
  • Lesson 18 Video
  • Review Article: Modal Verbs
  • Complete: Lesson 18 Exam

Lesson 19: may and might

We use the modal verb may in two ways. To talk about possibility and to ask for permission (for yourself). 5 Total Points
  • Lesson 19 Video
  • Review Article: May and Might
  • Complete: Lesson 19 Exam

Lesson 20: can, can't and could

We use the modal verb can in two ways. To talk about ability, and to ask for and give permission, and to make requests. 0 Total Points
  • Lesson 20 Video
  • Review Article: Can, Could, Be able to

Lesson 21: will and shall

Will is one way to talk about the future in English. It can?t be used all the time however. It is used in certain circumstances. 5 Total Points
  • Lesson 21 Video
  • Review Video: Will - Shall - Would | English Modal Verbs
  • Complete: Lesson 21 Exam

Lesson 22: would

The modal verb would has a couple of important uses. For now, the uses of would is to make a request or express wishes. 5 Total Points
  • Lesson 22 Video
  • Review Video: Grammar - Giving Advice - SHOULD, OUGHT TO, HAD BETTER
  • Complete: Lesson 22 Exam

Lesson 23: should and ought to

The modal verbs should and ought to are used for giving advice and for expressing an expectation. 5 Total Points
  • Lesson 23 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 23 Exam

Lesson 24: must and have to

Both must and have to have different meanings in the negative than they do in the positive. 5 Total Points
  • Lesson 24 Video
  • Review 2 Videos: must and have to; Modal Verbs in English Review Video
  • Complete: Lesson 24 Exam

Lesson 25: All Modals

Modal verbs cover: possibility and probability, ability, requests and asking permission, advice, obligation, prohibition. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 25 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 25 Exam

Lesson 26: used to

In English, when something was a certain way in the past but it isn?t that way any more, we use used to as a verb. 0 Total Points
  • Lesson 26 Video
  • Review Video: English Grammar Lessons : Used to | To be used to | To get used

Lesson 27: some / any

Some and any go together in asking and answering about quantity of something. We use some for positive responses, and any for questions and negative responses. 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 27 Video
  • Review Video: Using Some and Any - Basic English Grammar Lesson
  • Complete: Lesson 27 Exam

Lesson 28: Writing: Complex Sentences

We have talked about two kinds of sentences so far. These are simple sentences and compound sentences. There is one other type of sentence in English. It is called a complex sentence. 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 28 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 28 Exam

Lesson 29: Telling Time

There is a small amount of vocabulary involved in telling time. 5 Total Points
  • Lesson 29 Video
  • Review Video: English Vocabulary - Telling Time
  • Complete: Lesson 29 Exam

Lesson 30: Past Progressive

All progressive forms use a be verb and a gerund (-ing) form of the next verb. 6 Total Points
  • Lesson 30 Video
  • Review Video: Past Progressive
  • Complete: Lesson 30 Exam

Lesson 31: be going to

In this lesson, we are talking about another way to talk about the future: be going to. 5 Total Points
  • Lesson 31 Video
  • Review Video: Future Tense - WILL and GOING TO
  • Complete: Lesson 31 Exam

Lesson 32: Phrasal Verbs

Some verbs in English need a preposition or adjective for the verb to express the complete idea. 5 Total Points
  • Lesson 32 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Phrasal verbs practice 1; Phrasal verbs practice 2; Phrasal Verbs practice 4
  • Complete: Lesson 32 Exam

Lesson 33: Possessive Pronouns

In English, we have subject pronouns, object pronouns, possessive adjectives, and possessive pronouns. 5 Total Points
  • Lesson 33 Video
  • Review Video: Possessive Pronouns
  • Complete: Lesson 33 Exam

Lesson 34: Do you know where the market is?

In English, not all questions follow the same grammar. Some indirect questions have a different form. 5 Total Points
  • Lesson 34 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 34 Exam

Final Exam

Final exam. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 35 Video
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  • Take Survey: Course Comments
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate correct use of present progressive (present continuous).
  • Recognize object pronouns.
  • Determine how to use possessives.
  • Demonstrate usage of present progressive as future.
  • Demonstrate usage of present simple as future.
  • Demonstrate correct usage of too/either.
  • Determine correct usage of count/non-count nouns, comparatives, and superlatives.
  • Demonstrate correct usage of as / enough / too / make / do.
  • Demonstrate correct usage of go + place.
  • Demonstrate conditional use.
  • Determine correct usage of may and might; can, can't, could; will, shall and would.
  • Determine correct usage of should and ought to; must and have to.
  • Demonstrate correct usage of used to; some and any.
  • Demonstrate correct usage of telling time.
  • Determine past progressive.
  • Summarize phrasal verbs.
  • Identify possessive pronouns, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: ESL Grammar Skills Level 2
Course Number: 8900286
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Lessons Rating: 4.6 / 5 Stars (2,290 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: General Education (Self-Paced, Online Class)
CEU Value: 1.2 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Course Author: Dr. Michele Poff
Instructor: Dana Kristan
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $70.00 (no CEU Certification) || with Online CEU Certification: $95.00

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  • "Grammar was most important to me. English is a second language I speak. It is important to me to understand how to speak correctly and that is the most helpful thing I got from this course....Thank you for making my learning easy." -- Hondura Y.