Online Class: Writing Basics 101 — Spelling, Grammar, Punctuation, Writing Structures

This self-paced, stress-free course is not only for students wanting to improve their basic writing skills, but also for business writers, creative writers and office staff wanting to improve poor, work-related writing skills in order to avoid embarrassing their employers and themselves.

Self-Paced, Online Class
Fulton County Library System
  • 26
  • 70
    Exams &
  • 29
    average time
  • 2.9
    Video Audit

Course Description

Most of us learned spelling and grammar in elementary school and brushed up on the rules occasionally in junior high or middle school.  Once we entered high school, it was assumed we knew and remembered all of the essentials -- and slowly we discovered that although there were some rules we just had to look up, we simply stopped worrying about "the minor details." It's time to relearn those "minor details" that can help you write and read more effectively.  But it's hard to fix something unless you know how it works. 
This self-paced, stress-free course is designed for students wanting to improve their basic writing skills as well as for business writers, creative writers and office staff wanting to improve poor work-related writing (and avoid embarrassing their bosses and themselves).
Our innovative course is designed as a refresher course for those who need to brush up on their skills and as a reference for anyone who wants to be able to look up the rules for confusing grammatical questions quickly and easily.  After you've reviewed the basic rules of grammar and spelling, you can move on to the lessons on writing style for tips on improving your sentence and paragraph structure, how to polish your writing and how to avoid common errors.
Although this course is completely online, it doesn't mean that you'll be left on your own.  The instructor will be grading assignments and tests and is available through email to answer any questions and provide guidance.  Why not join us, learn at your own pace and your own schedule and reap the benefits?

Who should take this course?

This course is primarily intended for anyone who needs help with their grammar, spelling, and punctuation skills or anyone who lacks confidence in their grammar, writing and editing skills. This course is designed specifically for busy professionals who need to refine or polish their writing skills or require a refresher course on how to write well. If you think you require more remedial help in grammar, spelling, and sentence formation, or if English is not your first language and you are unsure what level of English learning you are currently at, you may want to check out our extensive list of ESL courses for different levels of English language mastery.

Does this course have an instructor that can help me?

Yes, there is an instructor who will review your assignment activities, provide feedback on your errors, and answer any questions you may have about the course material. You are not alone when you take this course, Ms. Daphnee St. Val is there to help you on your writing improvement journey!

Why do I need this course if I can just run a spell check?

Presenting yourself well these days requires competent writing skills. Sending out written communications without spelling errors doesn't necessarily mean your writing is acceptable, conveys the meaning and tone you want, or correctly communicates your intended message. People will review your writing as a direct reflection of your voice, your personality, and your thoughts. If your writing is muddled, disorganized, long-winded, awkward, or difficult to follow, the reader will unfortunately believe that is who you are. Conversely, if your writing is clear, organized, concise and with purpose, people will believe you are smart, capable, and credible. This course provides several lessons and writing exercises to help you build better writing skills that convey the message and tone you want while using your own voice and style.

Will I be graded on my submissions?

Yes, assignment activities and lesson exams to test your mastery of course curriculum are graded. This will provide the necessary proof that you are in fact understanding and mastering the lesson outcomes. Should you fail a specific assignment activity you may be given the option to redo the activity correctly for a better grade. Ultimately, this course isn't about submitting flawless work--it's about learning from your mistakes and improving your writing processes. Please note that this course and instructor are here to help you succeed! We want to help you improve your grammar and writing skills.

How can I purchase this course for an employee that needs writing help?

This course is a great writing resource for your staff particularly if they handle any office communications. If you are purchasing this class for more than one person, you may want to register your organization for our Group Enrollments where you can purchase this course in bulk, receive discounts based on volume, and easily issue vouchers to your employees for quick course access (and you'll be able to monitor their course progress). Group account setup, payment, and course access only takes a few minutes.

What kind of certification is offered at course completion?

If you sign up for the certificate version of this class, you'll receive an accredited CEU Certificate of Course Completion documenting your contact hours and CEUs. This certificate is downloadable, shareable, and verifiable online with a unique serial number so that organizations can independently verify your successful course completion status. This is a desirable achievement as you can only earn a certificate provided your overall/final course grade is 70% or higher. The certificate proves you have mastered all the learning outcomes presented in this writing course. This differs from most other online grammar courses that provide non-accredited certificates for just reviewing video tutorials which doesn't necessarily mean the student actually mastered any course objectives.

Course Motivation

The Importance of Proper Grammar and Punctuation

Try reading a paragraph that has had all the punctuation removed and you'll soon realize just how crucial it is.  Thoughts run up against each other, you aren't sure where one sentence or phrase begins and another one ends. Chaos reigns in the thoughts you had organized so carefully!   

Good grammar and spelling also reflect on you personally.  Consider a major term paper written by two students, one with poor grammar and another who is a stickler for the details. With the value and accuracy of the information being equal, any professor will grade the paper with poor grammar or spelling lower.  Why?  Because not only is it simply not correct, but it tells the professor that the writer didn't bother to take the time to make sure his work was the best it could be.  Reading a paper that is poorly organized and difficult to understand because of grammar mistakes is also very frustrating for the reader, more time has to be spent on deciphering the intended meaning and less time is spent on appreciating it.   

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 do business with. 

Finally, improper use of grammar and spelling is a sign, whether right or wrong, that you may be less educated or less intelligent than you actually are.  Your writing reflects so much more about your personality, attention to detail, and focus than most people are aware of; this course will help you learn just what you need to polish your writing to perfection. 

Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
4.3 / 5 Stars (Average Rating)
"Extraordinarily Helpful"
(22,842 votes)
  • Lesson 1. Introduction

    The introduction to this course will begin by first examining why proper grammar and spelling are important.
  • Lesson 2. The Basic Rules of Spelling

    This lesson describes how to turn singular words to plural and the exceptions to the rule.
  • Lesson 3. Commonly Misspelled Words

    This is a list of some of the most common and frequently misspelled words.
  • Lesson 4. Plural Forms for Names, Compound Words, and Numbers

    This lesson explains how to form plurals with some examples.
  • Lesson 5. Understanding "ie" Versus"ei" and Other Spelling Dilemmas

    This lesson presents the basic explanation of when to use "ie" and "ei".
  • Lesson 6. Prefix and Suffix Rules

    This lesson explains the basics of adding prefixes and suffixes including some exceptions to the rule.
  • Lesson 7. Common Prefixes and Suffixes

    This lesson gives a list of the most common add-ons to root words and their meanings.
  • Lesson 8. Homonyms

    This lesson lists some of the most commonly used words that sound alike but have totally different meanings.
  • Lesson 9. Subject and Predicate

    This lesson defines what a subject and predicate are and how they are used in sentences.
  • Lesson 10. Verb Tenses

    This lesson defines the different types of verb tenses from simple to future perfect progressive.
  • Lesson 11. Nouns and Pronouns

    This lesson defines what a noun and pronoun are, the different types of pronouns and pronoun cases. Also, the correct usage of who and whom.
  • Lesson 12. Adjectives and Adverbs

    This lesson explains the definitions of adjectives and adverbs and the different degrees for modifying them.
  • Lesson 13. The Phrase

    This lesson describes the use of prepositions in forming sentences.
  • Lesson 14. The Clause

    This lesson describes the difference between an independent clause and a subordinate clause and the proper usage of that and which.
  • Lesson 15. Periods and Other End Stops

    This lesson describes when to use periods, exclamation marks, and question marks.
  • Lesson 16. Commas

    This lesson explains when and where commas are used in sentences.
  • Lesson 17. Apostrophes

    This lesson covers the basic rules when adding an apostrophe and some exceptions.
  • Lesson 18. Colons and Semicolons

    This lesson gives the basic rules for using colons and semicolons in a sentence.
  • Lesson 19. Hyphens

    This lesson describes when and how to use hyphens and when they are essential.
  • Lesson 20. Quotation Marks

    This lesson explains how to use quotation marks properly in text.
  • Lesson 21. Refining Your Sentences

    This lesson explains how to use phrases and compound sentences to make your writing interesting.
  • Lesson 22. Paragraph Structure

    This lesson explains proper paragraph structure with topic and concluding sentences.
  • Lesson 23. Types of Paragraphs

    This lesson explains the difference between narrative and descriptive and expository paragraphs.
  • Lesson 24. Writing Dialogue

    This lesson explains the importance of the structure and flow of dialogue.
  • Lesson 25. Proofreading and Revising Your Writing

    We'll review proofreading and techniques for revising to better improve your writing.
  • Lesson 26. Additional Grammar and Writing Resources

    Additional grammar and writing resources

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define the basic rules of spelling.
  • Recognize commonly misspelled words.
  • Demonstrate proper use of plural forms for names, compound words and numbers.
  • Recognize "ie" versus "ei" and other spelling dilemmas.
  • Define prefix and suffix rules.
  • Identify common prefixes and suffixes.
  • Define homonyms.
  • Identify subject and predicate and demonstrate using them properly.
  • Identify verb tenses and demonstrate using them properly.
  • Identify nouns and pronouns and demonstrate using them properly.
  • Identify adjectives and adverbs and demonstrate using them properly.
  • Identify the phrase and clause and use them correctly.
  • Identify and properly use periods, commas, apostrophes, colons, semicolons, hyphens, and quotation marks.
  • Refine your sentence writing, identify types of paragraphs and form paragraphs correctly.
  • Demonstrate correct writing of dialogue.
  • Proofread and revise your writing.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Additional Course Information

Online CEU Certificate
  • Document Your Lifelong Learning Achievements
  • Earn an Official Certificate Documenting Course Hours and CEUs
  • Verify Your Certificate with a Unique Serial Number Online
  • View and Share Your Certificate Online or Download/Print as PDF
  • Display Your Certificate on Your Resume and Promote Your Achievements Using Social Media
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Course Title: Writing Basics 101: Spelling, Grammar, Punctuation, Writing Structures
Course Number: 57700114
Lessons Rating: 4.3 / 5 Stars (22,842 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: December 2022
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 2.9 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
Syllabus: View Syllabus

Student Testimonials

  • "This course was great. My goal was to review the rules of grammar, punctuation and writing styles. This goal was reached and I relearned things I had forgotten. Instruction was great and feedback was awesome. Emails were answered quickly and I appreciated that so much. Thanks for offering this course." -- Johnna M.
  • "I really appreciated how the instructor took a second look at one of my grades on the lesson. I presented my case with solid reasoning and examples in reference to what I considered subjective. She was also very understanding and sympathetic to my certification deadline and graded ALL assignments timely." -- Lynnetta W.
  • "This courses was helpful to me and improved my English skills. The instructor was nice and also helpful." -- Fatoumata B.
  • "Great course, covered more than the basics, numerous exercises to build mastery. The best part is the feedback from the instructor on the writing assignments so you know how well you're doing and what kind of improvement you're making. Thank you for a great course!" -- Jason L.
  • "I've taken another course with Daphne before. I love her encouragement and the respect she gives with timely responses to emails or grading assignments." -- Lisa G.
  • "This course really was very helpful to me and the instructor was really good about answering all my questions." -- Heidi P.
  • "The instructor was very professional. I have been taking classes with the same instructor for four years in the row. I am very happy with her." -- George C.
  • "I like how you presented the material in a easy to read format. I like how you added writing prompts, to help me interact with the material I just learned. I liked how you used the quizzes to see how must information my brain retained from what I learned." -- Oksana B.
  • "I appreciate all of the work Daphne put forth. She was always there to answer questions, and grade lessons promptly." -- Peggy S.
  • "The teacher was excellent; it has been a while since I graduated with my bachelor's degree. I really needed to brush up on my English because I love to read." -- Nadine D.
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