Punctuation and Grammar 101

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Course Description

Do you need a refresher course in basic punctuation and grammar?  Is your business writing, school writing or personal writing a disaster and you're tired of stressing over mistakes?  Improper grammar and punctuation is a sign for some people, right or wrong, that you may be less educated or less intelligent.
Your writing reflects more about your personality than you realize: it reflects your attention to detail, your education and how you think.  Even the most basic writing -- like thank-you notes and emails -- can be sabotaged by just one grammatical error.  In the business world, this can give clients the impression that you aren't careful.  If your work is as sloppy as your writing, you aren't the person they want to hire or promote.
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. At the end of each lesson will be a brief quiz and/or assignment based on the lesson material.  Your knowledgeable and caring instructor will review and grade all work and you can ask questions anytime.

Isn't it time to finally master the critical writing skills of grammar and punctuation?
So join us today. As always, you can attend this course at the times that fit your schedule. Our system requires no special software or hardware, so why not enroll today and become informed and inspired?
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  • Self-Paced
  • 6 Months to Complete
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Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
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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
  • Take Poll: Rate Your Grammar Skills
  • Take Survey: 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. 31 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 4 Practice Worksheets
  • Review Article: Identifying the Subject and Predicate Exercise
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exercise: Subject Verb Agreement
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exercise: Subject and Predicate Agreement
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

Nouns and Pronouns

This lesson defines nouns and the different forms of pronouns. 46 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 5 Practice Worksheets
  • Review 2 Articles: Pronoun Central; Pronoun Exercises
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exercise: Pronoun Use
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exercise: Using the Correct Pronoun
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exercise: Pronoun Substitution
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exercise: Find the Subject Noun
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

Verb Tenses

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

Common Irregular Verbs

This is a list of some of the most common irregular verbs and their tenses. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 9 Practice Worksheets
  • Review Article: Extensive List of Irregular Verbs
  • Complete: 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
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exercise: Identifying Adjectives and Adverbs
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exercise: Comparative and Superlative Adjectives
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases

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

The Clause

This lesson defines clauses and the difference between a subordinate and an independent clause. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Identifying Independent and Dependent Clauses; Subordinate Clause
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam

Introduction to Punctuation Section

Topics on Punctuation will be displayed in lessons 9-15. 2 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review Article: Punctuation
  • Take Poll: Rate Your Punctuation Skills
  • Complete Assignment: Your Current Punctuation Skills

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. 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 2 Practice Worksheets
  • Review 2 Articles: Periods and Other End Stops; The Proper Use Of The Period And Other End Marks
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exercise: Sentence Punctuation
  • Complete: 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
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exercise: Comma Usage
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exam


This lesson explains the proper use of apostrophes and how to make a word possessive, individual or joint. 22 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review Article: The Apostrophe
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Exercise: Using Apostrophes
  • Complete: 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
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Exam


This lesson describes the proper use of hyphens in words. 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Hyphens; How to Use Hyphens in Your Writing
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Exercise: Hyphen Usage
  • Complete: 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
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Exam

Additional Writing Resources

This lesson has additional writing resources for your review. 98 Total Points
  • Lesson 16 Video
  • Take Poll: Course Completion Poll: Your Thoughts
  • Take Survey: Final Course Survey
  • 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:
  • 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, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Punctuation and Grammar 101
Course Number: 7550404
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Lessons Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars (4,985 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: General Education (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: Daphnee St.Val
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Course Fee: $55.00 (no CEU Certification) || with Online CEU Certification: $80.00

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Student Testimonials

  • "When you needed an explanation, it was friendly and objective. The rules were cited or suggestions to review the lessons said professionally so you didn't feel stupid....She is very good and seems kind and committed." -- Mischwa M.
  • "She is very good!" -- Alma G.
  • "The whole course was very helpful. I most enjoyed the punctuation part. This is a great course and the instructor was awesome. She was so patient when I was having trouble getting a file sent for an assignment. She let me resubmit it three times and never complained a bit." -- Shirley P.
  • "Great instructor!" -- Kari U.
  • "I found the whole course very helpful. I wanted to ease myself back into taking classes since I hadn't taken any for over ten years and since I want to work my way towards an editing or proofreading type of job, I thought I'd start with this course. The course was fantastic. It helped me get brushed up on grammar and punctuation." -- Mary S.
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  • "I really learned a lot in this course! I appreciated the additional audio version to the text lessons. The additional Netlinks, materials and book recommendations were also very helpful. The instructor is very friendly, supportive and competent. Her corrections came always back in a good time span. I really liked to work with her." -- Jennifer M.
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