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Course Description

This course is third in a series of 5 ESL grammar courses. It builds on levels 1 and 2, and continues grammatical instruction grounded in the foundation offered in those courses.

 ESL 3 is a conceptually rich course. It contains instruction on passive voice, present perfect, relative clauses and the imperative. Further, it offers lessons on participle and gerund usage in various constructions. Lessons related to the present perfect include still/yet/already, and for/since along with targeted practice on distinguishing between correct usage of the present perfect and the past simple (these are very important differences in English).

Presentation of phrasal verbs is continued from level 2, and distinctions between like/as and a(n)/the are offered. Additional topics include I want you to… and I told you to…, quite/pretty/fairly/rather, so/such, tag questions, and use of auxiliary verbs for conversational brevity. Because of the conceptual weight presented by the present perfect, passive voice and relative clauses, writing units extend previous discussions of compound and complex sentences and subordinating conjunctions. 

Each of the 22 units of this course contains a clear, simple, and well-organized presentation of material followed by lesson exercises to reinforce the lesson content. Several exams test student knowledge along the way, and a final exam score determines whether the learner is ready for the next level. Each unit is accompanied by a brief audio recording which presents the material verbally, offering a secondary presentation of the material to aid in student comprehension.

Whether you're addressing this material for the first time or have been speaking English for a while, ESL 3 provides an excellent presentation of some of the most challenging concepts in English grammar, and is well worth your efforts as you progress with your English learning.

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics


Lesson 1: Participles. An Introduction

Lesson 2: Passive Voice

Lesson 3: I want you to.

Lesson 4: I told you to

Lesson 5: quite, pretty, fairly, rather

Lesson 6: Present Perfect

Lesson 7: still, yet, already

Lesson 8: for, since

Lesson 9: Present Perfect and Simple Past

Lesson 10: Phrasal Verbs 2

Lesson 11: like / as

Lesson 12: Articles: a(n) / the

Lesson 13: Imperative

Lesson 14: Adjectives: Participles and Gerunds (interested, interesting)

Lesson 15: Preposition + Gerund...good at diving.)

Lesson 16: be used to + -ing/noun

Lesson 17: Relative Clauses 1. who, which, that

Lesson 18: so / such

Lesson 19: Tag Questions

Lesson 20: Verbs: hope so, think so

Lesson 21: Writing Compound-Complex Sentences

Lesson 22: Subordinating Conjunctions II

Course Materials

All course materials is provided in this class. There is no need to buy additional resources.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a practice exercises that will directly apply what you have learned.

A brief 20 pt. quiz will follow many lessons. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Identify passive voice.
  • Demonstrate usage of quite, pretty, fairly, rather.
  • Identify present perfect.
  • Demonstrate usage of still, yet, already.
  • Demonstrate usage of for, since.
  • Identify present perfect and simple past.
  • Demonstrate usage of like / as.
  • Identify articles.
  • Demonstrate imperative usage.
  • Identify adjectives.
  • Demonstrate usage of be used to + -ing/noun.
  • Demonstrate correct usage of who, which, that.
  • Identify when to use so / such.
  • Identify verbs.
  • Demonstrate writing compound-complex sentences.
  • Demonstrate usage of subordinating conjunctions, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Pre-test Exam20
Lesson 1 Exam8
Lesson 2 Exam8
Lesson 3 Exam5
Lesson 4 Exam5
Lessons 1- 5 Exam10
Lesson 6 Exam8
Lesson 7 Exam6
Lesson 8 Exam6
Lessons 6-9 Exam10
Lesson 10 Exam5
Lesson 11 Exam6
Lesson 12 Exam7
Lesson 13 Exam6
Lesson 14 Exam6
Lesson 15 Exam5
Lessons 10-16 Exam10
Lesson 17 Exam8
Lesson 18 Exam8
Lesson 19 Exam6
Lesson 20 Exam5
Lesson 21 Exam5
Lessons 17-22 Exam10
Final Exam20
Total Points:193

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