Online Class: Punctuation and Grammar 101

This self-paced course will help you learn what you need to polish your grammar and punctuation skills. Punctuation and Grammar 101 is divided into two subjects which focus on grammar and punctuation topics.

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Course Description

Elevate Your Writing: A Comprehensive Guide to Punctuation and Grammar

In today's digital age, with a vast majority of our communication occurring through written channels like emails, texts, and reports, the importance of clear and error-free writing has never been more paramount. Studies show that frequent grammar and punctuation errors can have adverse effects on a person's perceived professionalism, competence, and credibility.

Your writing serves as a mirror, reflecting your attention to detail, level of education, and thought processes. Think of the numerous occasions where you've read a report or an email, and a glaring punctuation or grammar mistake caught your attention. It's distracting, right? And in the corporate landscape, where precision and clarity are paramount, such errors can be detrimental, giving stakeholders the impression of carelessness or lack of expertise.

Introducing our Online Course in Punctuation and Grammar 101:

This comprehensive online course offers an in-depth exploration into the essentials of grammar and punctuation, ensuring you convey your messages with clarity and professionalism. Whether you're an aspiring writer, a student aiming for higher grades, or a business professional keen on making a lasting impression, this course is your stepping stone to impeccable writing skills.

Course Modules:

  1. Introduction to Grammar Section: Dive deep into the fundamentals of grammar, setting the stage for the modules to come. Understand the critical role grammar plays in ensuring clarity and precision in communication.

  2. Subject and Predicate: Explore the basic building blocks of sentences, mastering how subjects and predicates work in harmony to convey complete thoughts.

  3. Nouns and Pronouns: Delve into the world of naming words and their stand-ins, enhancing your sentence variety and specificity.

  4. Verb Tenses: Master the art of expressing actions in different times, from the past to the present and the future, adding depth to your writing.

  5. Common Irregular Verbs: Navigate the intricacies of verbs that don't play by the standard rules, ensuring you never misuse them again.

  6. Adjectives and Adverbs: Enrich your sentences with descriptive words that paint vivid images, making your writing more engaging and expressive.

  7. Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases: Unravel the connectors of the English language, understanding how they link elements and provide context.

  8. The Clause: Dissect complex sentences, understanding how different clauses contribute to comprehensive communication.

  9. Introduction to Punctuation Section: Mark the beginning of your punctuation journey, understanding its role in bringing clarity and emotion to your writing.

  10. Periods and Other End Stops: Grasp the importance of sentence terminators, ensuring your thoughts are concise and clear.

  11. Commas: Learn the nuances of perhaps the most versatile punctuation mark, from listing items to separating clauses.

  12. Apostrophes: Demystify this often misused punctuation, mastering its use in possession and contraction.

  13. Colons and Semicolons: Distinguish between these two powerful punctuations, enhancing the sophistication of your writing.

  14. Hyphens: Bridge words and clarify compound terms, ensuring your writing is fluent and comprehensible.

  15. Quotation Marks: Capture direct speech and highlight specific terms, adding authenticity to your writing.

  16. Additional Writing Resources: Equip yourself with tools and references to further hone your writing prowess.

With each lesson, interactive quizzes and assignments await, allowing you to practice and cement your knowledge. Our dedicated instructors, experts in the field of English language and literature, will provide invaluable feedback, ensuring you grasp each concept thoroughly.

The flexibility of our course allows you to learn at your own pace, fitting seamlessly into your busy schedule. And the best part? No special software or hardware is required.

Enroll today and transform your writing from ordinary to extraordinary. It's not just about mastering grammar and punctuation; it's about making every word count.

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  • 6 Months to Complete
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  • PC & Mac Compatible
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Course Lessons

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Introduction to Grammar Section

Introduction to this course. Grammar topics will be discussed in lessons 1-7. 1 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: Introductions

Subject and Predicate

This lesson defines what a subject and predicate is and when to use singular or plural verbs. Additional lesson topics: Identifying the Subject and Predicate Exercise 31 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 4 Practice Worksheets
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Exercise: Subject Verb Agreement
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Exercise: Subject and Predicate Agreement
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Exam

Nouns and Pronouns

This lesson defines nouns and the different forms of pronouns. Additional lesson topics: Pronoun Central; Pronoun Exercises 46 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 5 Practice Worksheets
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Exercise: Pronoun Use
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Exercise: Using the Correct Pronoun
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Exercise: Pronoun Substitution
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Exercise: Find the Subject Noun
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Exam

Verb Tenses

This lesson discusses the three main tenses of verbs and their sub-categories. Additional lesson topics: Verb Tense Exercises 32 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 10 Practice Worksheets
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Exercise: Find the Verb
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Exercise: Simple Present Verb Tenses
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Exam

Common Irregular Verbs

This is a list of some of the most common irregular verbs and their tenses. Additional lesson topics: Extensive List of Irregular Verbs 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 9 Practice Worksheets
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Exercise: Irregular Verbs

Adjectives and Adverbs

This lesson defines what adjectives and adverbs are and the different degrees of each. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 5 Practice Worksheets
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Exercise: Identifying Adjectives and Adverbs
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Exercise: Comparative and Superlative Adjectives
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Exam

Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases

This lesson gives examples of how prepositions are used and a list of the most common prepositions. Additional lesson topics: Additional Examples of Prepositional and other types Phrases 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7097.pdf
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Exercise: Identify the Preposition
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Exam

The Clause

This lesson defines clauses and the difference between a subordinate and an independent clause. Additional lesson topics: Identifying Independent and Dependent Clauses; Subordinate Clause 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 Exam

Introduction to Punctuation Section

Topics on Punctuation will be displayed in lessons 9-15. Additional lesson topics: Punctuation 0 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video

Periods and Other End Stops

This lesson describes the different kinds of end stops (period, question mark, exclamation point) to put on a sentence and how and when to use periods in abbreviations. Additional lesson topics: The Proper Use Of The Period and Other End Marks 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 2 Practice Worksheets
  • Assessment: Lesson 10 Exercise: Sentence Punctuation
  • Assessment: Lesson 10 Exam


This lesson explains how and when to use commas and when to put them in clauses and phrases. 24 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-Grammar_Punctuation_Wk_4.pdf
  • Assessment: Lesson 11 Exercise: Comma Usage
  • Assessment: Lesson 11 Exam


This lesson explains the proper use of apostrophes and how to make a word possessive, individual or joint. Additional lesson topics: The Apostrophe 22 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 12 Exercise: Using Apostrophes
  • Assessment: Lesson 12 Exam

Colons and Semicolons

This lesson describes how to properly use colons and semicolons in a sentence. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 13 Exam


This lesson describes the proper use of hyphens in words. Additional lesson topics: How to Use Hyphens in Your Writing 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 14 Exercise: Hyphen Usage
  • Assessment: Lesson 14 Exam

Quotation Marks

This lesson describes the correct usage of quotation marks for dialogue, quotations, and titles. 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Review 4 Practice Worksheets
  • Assessment: Lesson 15 Exam

Additional Writing Resources

This lesson has additional writing resources for your review. 98 Total Points
  • Lesson 16 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Course Comments; Final Course Survey; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Assessment: FINAL EXAM
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define, recognize, and correctly use the subject and predicate.
  • Define, recognize, and correctly use nouns and pronouns.
  • Define, recognize, and correctly use verb tenses.
  • Identify common irregular verbs.
  • Define, recognize, and correctly use adjectives and adverbs.
  • Define, recognize, and correctly use prepositions and prepositional phrases.
  • Identify the clause.
  • Define, recognize, and correctly use periods, commas, apostrophes, colons, semicolons, hyphens, question marks, and quotation marks.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Punctuation and Grammar 101
Course Number: 57700122
Lessons Rating: 4.3 / 5 Stars (5,171 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas.
Last Updated: September 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 1.1 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: Dana Kristan
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "This course was very helpful in understanding the proper use of grammar and punctuation. Grammar and punctuation seemed too complex and a little scary for me. However, taking this course has simplified the different concepts behind proper grammar and punctuation use. Overall, this course was great, and I would recommend it to others!" -- Ann J.
  • "Daphnee S was very much available for discussion of the class lessons, informative on topics, and overall very helpful in my review of punctuation and grammar." -- Shirley a. A.
  • "I enjoyed taking this course. It took about three weeks to complete around a busy work schedule and home life. The content was thorough, and I appreciated that. Thank you." -- Ashley T.
  • "The instructor was very prompt with grading and left encouraging comments. She did a great job." -- Pierce N.
  • "Thank you for your time and dedication to offer this grammar course." -- Mayra M.
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