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.

Thu 15 Feb 2018 - Thu 12 Apr 2018

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
15 spots remaining.

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.

Course Outline

English grammar is a lively and accessible course for adult students who wish to learn about grammar in theory and practice or to refresh or hone their skills. The course looks at how language works, covering the main features of grammar from parts of speech to phrases, clauses, and sentences. It also covers spelling, punctuation and usage. A focus of the course is the practical application of grammar in speech and writing. Modern usage and expression is one strand that generates much discussion, debate and dispute!

Suggested reading will be advised regularly. Exercises on each section of the course will be completed in class and at home. You are encouraged to raise any specific questions that they may have to do with grammar, spelling, punctuation or usage. Your own contributions, particularly if you speak or know another language, are a valuable part of the course. Equally important are your experiences of spoken and written practice in the workplace since these demonstrate grammar in action.

Students of English grammar find it enjoyable because everyone has experience of, and often strong opinions about, grammar and language. The course also gives you an opportunity to deepen your knowledge and understanding of one of the fundamentals to be a good speaker and writer.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should:

  • be able to use grammar correctly and confidently
  • be able to explain and/or justify the grammar of a spoken or written text, for example, that a sentence is incomplete because it lacks a finite verb or that splitting an infinitive is warranted
  • 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.