English is a beautiful language. It has a great richness, variety and flexibility. But many people do not have a clear understanding of the 'nuts and bolts' of the language, which makes it difficult for them to use it accurately and confidently. Some people were not taught the basics at school. Others were, but have since forgotten most of what they learnt.
This lack of understanding can lead to a writing style that is weak, unsure of itself, and prone to mistakes. Many writers lack confidence because they feel they do not have a firm enough grasp of the basics of the language they use every day. This can lead to embarrassment, criticism from colleagues, and even complaints from customers.
We examine, in a straightforward, step-by-step way, basic grammar - punctuation, spelling, sentence construction and other related areas.
|Function and parts of speech||Sentence structure||Punctuation||Other topics|
|Verbs||Sentences||Full stops||Who and whom|
|Adverbs||Paragraphs||Exclamation marks||Will and shall|
|Nouns||Lists and bullet points||Question marks||I and we|
|Pronouns||Capital letters||Commas||'They' as a singular pronoun|
|Adjectives||Subjects and objects||Colons||Between you and me|
|Conjunctions||Verbs: participles||Semi-colons||The split infinitive|
|Prepositions||Verbs: active and passive||Inverted commas||Beginning a sentence with 'And', 'But' or 'Because'|
|Articles||Apostrophes||Can we put a comma before 'and'?|
|Brackets||Ending a sentence with a preposition|
|Dashes||Five or 5?|
|Hyphens||Singular and plural|
|Commonly confused words|
We offer the grammarcheck course as an open course, an in-house course and an online course.
Our open and in-house courses are a mixture of theory and practical exercises. Throughout the day, delegates will be asked to work on a series of exercises to reinforce what they have learned.
At the end of the course, delegates often feel that they have learnt more in one day than they learnt over many years at school. Possibly for the first time, they have had an opportunity to ask questions, explore misunderstandings, and clear up areas of doubt or confusion.
Our trainers are English graduates who have a detailed understanding of the language.
Open courses are held at venues throughout the UK.
For our in-house courses, one of our trainers will come to your offices and run a course for 10-20 delegates.
The online course can be completed from either your home or your office.
This course is available as an open course, an inhouse course or an online course.
The course timings (for open and inhouse courses) are:
Lunch 12.30pm to 1.30pm
Ordering the Grammarcheck course as an inhouse course:
We run the course at your offices, over one day. The programme is flexible and can be adapted to your own specific needs.
If you have any questions about this course, or if you want to make a booking, please phone George on 01663 744409 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ordering a place on the Grammarcheck course as an open course:
If you have any questions about this course, or if you want to make a booking, please phone Terri Schabel on 01663 744409 or email email@example.com. Open courses cost £300 + VAT.
Please check our open course dates course dates for the next available course.
The course costs £100 plus VAT (total price £120). You use the course on a password-protected website. Your fee gives you unlimited access to the course for two weeks.
We accept payment in pounds sterling (GBP), euros (EUR), US dollars (USD), Australian dollars (AUD) and New Zealand dollars (NZD).
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Refunds may be given at the discretion of the management.