This course covers the main features of grammar, parts of speech, phrases, clauses and sentences, focusing on their practical application in speech and writing. Spelling, punctuation and usage are also covered.

Wed 27 Feb 2019 - Wed 03 Apr 2019

18:00 - 20:00

8 Sessions
15 spots remaining.

English grammar is a practical and accessible course for students who wish to learn about grammar and how to use it effectively in context. We look at how language works, covering the main features of grammar from parts of speech to phrases, clauses, and sentences. We also cover spelling, punctuation and word usage. Deepen your knowledge and understanding of how good grammar use makes you a confident speaker and writer!

Course Outline

  • language and how it works
  • choosing the right word/ vocabulary building/word gym
  • tricky tenses (past, present, future)
  • the choices at your fingertips (vocabulary/tenses)
  • the magic of modals (how certain you are about what you are saying)
  • saying things in a nutshell/ keep it clear and simple
  • become a powerful and confident language user

You are encouraged to raise any specific questions that you may have. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should:

  • be able to use grammar correctly and confidently
  • be able to explain good choices and also be aware of poor choices to avoid
  • be able to make informed decisions about the use of punctuation and appropriate usage in your own speaking and writing.

Who should enrol

English grammar is recommended for everyone who has an interest in understanding how the English language works.

Please note that this course may not be suitable for ESL students. Please consult the teacher beforehand.

Wed 01 May 2019 - Wed 19 Jun 2019

18:00 - 20:00

8 Sessions
16 spots remaining.

English Grammar Essentials is for students who require explicit and step-by-step instruction in the fundamentals of English Grammar. This course is open to non-native English speakers of all levels, new-arrivals and those who have been living in Australia for several years already, but who have not had formal instruction in English grammar. The course is recommended for students who wish to further develop their conversation, reading and writing skills.

Each lesson will be devoted to various grammar points to develop essential vocabulary, grammar, sentence structure and aid in conversation skills.

Course outline

The following grammar points will be covered:

  • Articles – Definite & Indefinite
  • Present Simple and Present Continuous
  • Verb Conjugation
  • Verb-Gerund
  • Do / Does / Did
  • Me & I
  • Sentence fragments and Run-ons
  • Past Tenses
  • Prefixes and Suffixes
  • Active / Passive Voice
  • Modal Verbs
  • Direct / Indirect Speech
  • Language Contractions
  • Word Play, e.g. Puns, Portmanteaus and Oxymorons
  • Acronyms, Initialisms and Abbreviations
  • Wordforms
  • Relative Pronouns and Clauses
  • Freezes and Reduplications

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students should have gained and enhanced their understanding of the grammar units above and be able to apply these in conversation, reading and writing

Who should enrol

This course is open to non-native English speakers of all levels, new-arrivals and those who have been living in Australia for several years already, but who have not had formal instruction in English grammar.

The course is recommended for students who wish to further develop their conversation, reading and writing skills for professional, cultural or personal reasons or for maintaining already acquired/existing language skills.

Course Instructor

Philippa is a multi-lingual Australian national and has been teaching English as a foreign language, French, German, TIS (Translating & Interpreting) and Sociology to students of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities in Australia, Japan, Germany and German & Italian Switzerland for over 25 years.