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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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  • 6 Months to Complete
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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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Course Lessons

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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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Lesson 13: Beginning to Write

    This lesson will cover the basics of English grammar that will help to increase reading comprehension and writing ability.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Course Title: ESL Basic Grammar and Writing
Course Number: 7550409
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: General Education
CEU Value: 2.0 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
Instructor: Daphnee St.Val
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