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Course Description

This ESL basic grammar and writing course will provide an introduction to the basics of American English grammar and writing. We'll be covering the following topics in detail:

- review the basic English structure in the form of nouns, verbs, prepositions, adjectives and adverbs

- review the proper use of pronouns, prepositions, and conjunctions

- practice sentence structure and mastering subject-verb agreement

- cover writing basics

- improve reading comprehension

- increase your vocabulary

- learn how to write clearly and more effectively

- learn how to organize your thoughts and write a personal or business letter

Whether you are learning English as a second language or are a native speaker striving to improve your English and writing skills, using proper grammar rules and writing guidelines are essential building blocks to creating clear and understandable thought processes and ideas. 


Communication is vital in today's society. It is not enough to merely be able to speak and understand spoken English. In the United States, English writing and comprehension is a necessary job skill for nearly all job industries and career paths. In order to develop practical writing skills, you must understand the basics of English grammar and sentence structure.


Knowing the proper way to communicate in a wide range of fields will help promote your self-confidence, increase your skill levels, and ensure your job advancement and promotion. This course will guide you through the basic grammar structures and rules as well as focus on improving the necessary skills leading to clear and accurate writing.
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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe and recognize nouns.
  • Describe and recognize verbs.
  • Use pronouns properly.
  • Use prepositions properly.
  • Identify conjunctions.
  • Demonstrate proper use of adjectives and adverbs.
  • Demonstrate proper sentence structure use.
  • Demonstrate correct use of punctuation, numbers and time.
  • Describe methods for increasing reading comprehension.
  • Know methods for increasing vocabulary power.
  • Define basic sentence structure.
  • Master subject-verb agreement
  • Demonstrate writing for clarity.
  • Demonstrate writing personal and business letters, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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Lesson 1: Introduction to ESL Grammar

The study of any language might often be frustrating and confusing. However, to make oneself understood in any area of society, one must learn how to speak correctly and properly in order to encourage job placement, career advances, and the ability to com 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review Article: Pronunciation
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment: Getting Started
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: Nouns

Proper use of nouns will help to create clear and accurate sentence structure. This lesson will also discuss proper nouns, plural nouns, noun-verb agreements and other aspects of one of the most common and basic structures in English. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Practice Worksheet 1: optional-grammar_subject_and_predicate_wk_2.pdf
  • Practice Worksheet 2: optional-grammar_subject_and_predicate_wk_3.pdf
  • Practice Worksheet 3: optional-grammar_subject_and_predicate_wk_4.pdf
  • Practice Worksheet 4: optional-grammar_subject_and_predicate_wk_5.pdf
  • Review Article: About.com - (additional help and lessons regarding noun identification.)
  • Review Article: ManyThings.org- (helpful ESL quiz that you can take in your spare time.)
  • Review Video: YouTube - (This YouTube video is about nouns.)
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment: Finding Nouns
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: Verbs

Verbs express action. They can also express certain conditions or states of being. In a properly constructed English sentence, a verb is usually connected to somebody or something doing or performing the action. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Practice Worksheet 1: optional-grammar_verbs_wk_1.pdf
  • Practice Worksheet 2: optional-grammar_verbs_wk_2.pdf
  • Practice Worksheet 3: optional-grammar_verbs_wk_3.pdf
  • Practice Worksheet 4: optional-grammar_verbs_wk_4.pdf
  • Practice Worksheet 5: optional-grammar_verbs_wk_5.pdf
  • Review Article: Practice Tutorials
  • Review Article: Verbs and Practice
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment: Finding Verbs
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: Using Pronouns Properly

This lesson will introduce and offer basic explanations and examples for the use of personal, relative, and interrogative pronouns in everyday English usage. It will also briefly cover possessive, reflexive, and intensive pronouns. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review Article: Practice Quiz
  • Review Article: Pronoun Reference
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment: Picking Pronouns
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: Using Prepositions

Prepositions primarily describe two different types of relationships: time and place. This lesson will explain when to use a preposition, and how best to use it in a wide variety of situations. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review Article: The Tongue Untied (prepositon practice)
  • Review Article: Preposition Rules
  • Review Article: Prepositions: Locators in Time and Place
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment: Identifying Prepositions
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Conjunctions

This lesson will introduce and cover the four main types of conjunctions that are commonly used in everyday scenarios. Because conjunctions join phrases, words, and sentences together, they are some of the most commonly used, but one of the least understo 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review Article: Towson.edu- (list of conjunctions. It's a helpful review.)
  • Review Article: Using Conjuctions
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment: Choosing Conjunctions
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: All About Adjectives and Adverbs

Adjectives and adverbs, which help to provide description to nouns and verbs, are also known as modifiers. Modifiers are words or a group of words that help to explain about other words. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Practice Worksheet 1: optional-grammar_adj_ad_wk_1.pdf
  • Practice Worksheet 2: optional-grammar_adj_ad_wk_2.pdf
  • Practice Worksheet 3: optional-grammar_adj_ad_wk_3.pdf
  • Practice Worksheet 4: optional-grammar_adj_ad_wk_4.pdf
  • Practice Worksheet 5: optional-grammar_adj_ad_wk_5.pdf
  • Review Article: Adjectives
  • Review Article: Adverbs
  • Review Article: Adjective or Adverb?
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment: Finding Adjectives and Adverbs
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: Sentence Structure Know-How

While no one will expect your grammar to be perfect, it is important to study the basics of sentence structure in order to make yourself understood. This lesson will help English students to understand the difference between passive and active voice as we 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review Article: Gamequarium (easy and fun games you can play that will help with learning sentence structure.)
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment: Tackling Sentence Structure
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Writing Basics

Writing clear and understandable documents and papers requires knowledge of writing basics that include proper punctuation, noun-verb agreement, and attention to moods as well as avoidance of run-on sentences. 29 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review Article: 5minuteEnglish.com- tips on how you can improve English skills.
  • Review Article: English-Test.net (quick English business quiz )
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment: Basic Writing
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: Punctuation, Numbers and Time

Rules for grammar and punctuation have changed over the ages, but continue to help to define standards that enable English speakers around the world to make reading the written language easier. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Practice Worksheet 1: optional-grammarpunctuation_wk_1.pdf
  • Practice Worksheet 2: optional-grammar_punctuation_wk_2.pdf
  • Practice Worksheet 3: optional-grammar_punctuation_wk_3.pdf
  • Practice Worksheet 4: optional-grammar_punctuation_wk_4.pdf
  • Practice Worksheet 5: optional-grammar_punctuation_wk_5.pdf
  • Review Article: EatsShootsLeaves.com (free online practice quiz to help with understanding punctuation.)
  • Review Article: Punctuation
  • Review Article: Numbers and Dates
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment: Practicing Punctuation, Numbers and Time
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: Write What You Mean and Mean What You Write

Speaking and writing English properly takes time and effort that many students are unwilling to put into their studies. However, speaking clearly and being able to convey ideas, thoughts, and expressions are methods of communication that can't be ignored 88 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Practice Worksheet 1: optional-grammar_sentence_logic_wk_1.pdf
  • Practice Worksheet 2: optional-grammar_sentence_logic_wk_2.pdf
  • Practice Worksheet 3: optional-grammar_sentence_logic_wk_3.pdf
  • Practice Worksheet 4: optional-grammar_sentence_logic_wk_4.pdf
  • Practice Worksheet 5: optional-grammar_sentence_logic_wk_5.pdf
  • Review Article: EnglishClub.com- The site offers quizzes, discussion forums and more.)
  • Review Article: ESL-Kids.com (great site if you have kids you'd like to introduce to ESL. It offers printable worksheets, flashcards, quizzes, and more.)
  • Complete Assignment: Grammar Skills: Putting it all Together
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exam
  • Complete Exam: Grammar Review

Lesson 12: Introduction to ESL Basic Writing

Learning to create and write basic English is a requirement for many job skills and careers. Nearly every job industry in the United States requires some English-speaking and writing skills. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review Article: Yahoo Group- (You can chat with others and get tips and information delivered right to your e-mail.)
  • Take Poll: Skill Focus
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment: Understanding the Importance of Good Writing
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Exam

Lesson 13: Beginning to Write

This lesson will cover the basics of English grammar that will help to increase reading comprehension and writing ability. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Review Article: English Tenses- (offers a look at English tenses by using cartoon images to help make learning it easier.)
  • Review Article: RHL School- (offers many ESL writing worksheets that can be used to practice and build on skills.)
  • Review Article: Writing Exercises
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Assignment: Understanding Tense
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Exam

Lesson 14: Increasing Reading Comprehension

Reading comprehension enables a person who is learning a language or one who wishes to improve their language skills to be able to gain more from reading in a variety of subject matters. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Review Article: About.com - (offers additional information about reading comprehension.)
  • Review Article: ESL Quiz - (offers an additional ESL reading comprehension quiz that you can do for practice.)
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Assignment: Comprehension Practice
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Exam

Lesson 15: Increasing Your Vocabulary Power

Increasing vocabulary power is an excellent way to increase not only reading comprehension but also to increase writing capabilities and understanding. 25 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Review Article: Merriam-Webster - (offers a free registration to get a word of the day! Each day they will send a new word to your e-mail address. Reading the word of
  • Review Article: Vocabulary quizzes
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Assignment: Increasing Vocabulary
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Exam

Lesson 16: Basic Sentence Structure

While there are many different ways a sentence may be constructed, this lesson will focus on the basics in order to help students learning English or native English speakers to improve their writing capabilities. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 16 Video
  • Practice Worksheet 1: optional-grammar_run-on_sentences_wk_1.pdf
  • Practice Worksheet 2: optional-grammar_run-on_sentences_wk_2.pdf
  • Practice Worksheet 3: optional-grammar_run-on_sentences_wk_3.pdf
  • Practice Worksheet 4: optional-grammar_run-on_sentences_wk_4.pdf
  • Practice Worksheet 5: optional-grammar_run-on_sentences_wk_5.pdf
  • Review Article: Game Aquarium
  • Review Article: Quia - (offers another game to practice sentence structure.)
  • Review Article: Sentence Structure
  • Complete: Lesson 16 Assignment: Sentence Practice
  • Complete: Lesson 16 Exam

Lesson 17: Mastering Subject-Verb Agreement

This lesson will help to show students of English as well as native English speakers the importance of mastering subject-verb agreement in order to enhance speaking as well as writing English. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 17 Video
  • Practice Worksheet 1: optional-grammar_verb_tenses_wk_1.pdf
  • Practice Worksheet 2: optional-grammar_verb_tenses_wk_2.pdf
  • Practice Worksheet 3: optional-grammar_verb_tenses_wk_3.pdf
  • Practice Worksheet 4: optional-grammar_verb_tenses_wk_4.pdf
  • Practice Worksheet 5: optional-grammar_verb_tenses_wk_5.pdf
  • Practice Worksheet 6: optional-grammar_subject_verb_agreement_wk_1.pdf
  • Practice Worksheet 7: optional-grammar_subject_verb_agreement_wk_2.pdf
  • Practice Worksheet 8: optional-grammar_subject_verb_agreement_wk_3.pdf
  • Practice Worksheet 9: optional-grammar_subject_verb_agreement_wk_4.pdf
  • Practice Worksheet 10: optional-grammar_subject_verb_agreement_wk_5.pdf
  • Review Article: BBC
  • Review Article: Grammar
  • Complete: Lesson 17 Assignment: Subject-Verb Practice
  • Complete: Lesson 17 Exam

Lesson 18: Bonding Basics

Conjunctions link words, phrases, sentences made up of both dependent and independent clauses. There are several different kinds of conjunctions, all of which will be explained and explored in this lesson. 29 Total Points
  • Lesson 18 Video
  • Review Article: Conjunction Quiz
  • Review Article: Conjunctions
  • Complete: Lesson 18 Assignment: Bonding Practice
  • Complete: Lesson 18 Exam

Lesson 19: Writing For Clarity

Sometimes, it takes more than an understanding of subjects, nouns, and verbs to create clear and consistent writing.This lesson will help to illustrate common problem areas when it comes to writing and putting thought processes down on paper. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 19 Video
  • Practice Worksheet 1: optional-grammar_essay_topics_wk_1.pdf
  • Review Article: DocStoc.com
  • Complete: Lesson 19 Assignment: Clarity Practice
  • Complete: Lesson 19 Exam

Lesson 20: Writing Effectively

Students of English must learn how to put their thoughts on paper and to develop concepts and ideas while at the same time observing basic structure and grammar guidelines. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 20 Video
  • Practice Worksheet 1: optional-grammar_essay_topics_wk_2.pdf
  • Practice Worksheet 2: optional-grammar_essay_topics_wk_3.pdf
  • Review Article: MindTools
  • Review Article: Effective Business E-Mails
  • Complete: Lesson 20 Assignment: Writing Effectively
  • Complete: Lesson 20 Exam

Lesson 21: Writing Personal and Business Letters

Understanding the difference between a personal and business letter and how to create each of them is the focus of this lesson. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 21 Video
  • Review Article: University of Wisconsin
  • Review Article: WritingHelp
  • Review Video: YouTube
  • Complete: Lesson 21 Assignment: Letter Practice
  • Complete: Lesson 21 Exam

Lesson 22: Organizing Your Thoughts

No matter what type of document you want to write, one of the most important writing necessities is to organize your thoughts. This lesson will explore various elements of style. 39 Total Points
  • Lesson 22 Video
  • Practice Worksheet 1: optional-grammar_essay_topics_wk_4.pdf
  • Practice Worksheet 2: optional-grammar_essay_topics_wk_5.pdf
  • Review Article: English-Test.net
  • Review Article: ESL Forum
  • Take Poll: What is your opinion of this course?
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 22 Assignment: Organization and Beyond
  • Complete: Lesson 22 Exam
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Course Title: ESL Basic Grammar and Writing
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Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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CEU Value: 2.0 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
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