The Grammar Skills Course

Price: $ 895.00

BUSINESS & GRAMMAR

Grammar Skills Course (English 2nd Language)

Learn How to Write Well and with Flair

The basics of English grammar and punctuation in one course

The Grammar Skills Course will  help English second-language writers gain confidence in the rules of grammar, as well as improve their writing style.

If you’re tired of worrying about poor writing, this comprehensive programme will help you eliminate common grammar errors, perfect your punctuation and structure English sentences with ease.

You will receive expert guidance and timely, personalised feedback on all assignments from your tutor.

The Grammar Skills Course Gives You...

Expert, Individual Feedback

Get prompt, honest, detailed feedback on every assignment from a professional writer. We focus on your unique writing strengths.

No Peer Reviews!

You will only be assessed by your tutor, an expert in their field. No more guessing and wondering how to write; you'll be guided line by line.

No Automated Marking

We use traditional methods of assessing work, as editors at publishing houses would. No generic feedback!

A Flexible Schedule

Work wherever and whenever you want to. You can easily fit our courses around work and other commitments.

Relevant, Usable Content

Easy-to-digest course notes that capture a lifetime of writing experience, ready for you to apply to your own writing.

Ongoing Assessment

Your writing is assessed continuously as your course progresses.

Master the Rules of English Grammar

A comprehensive grammar guide for writers

The Grammar Skills Course provides a thorough, easy-to-follow overview of the rules of grammar, along with 60 exercises to put these rules into practice. 

On this course, you’ll learn about:

  • parts of speech – verbs, nouns, adjectives, adverbs and more 
  • tenses and subject-verb agreement 
  • punctuation 
  • common grammatical errors
  • expressing ideas in well-organised paragraphs 

'If I have to describe the course in one word, it would be WOW! I had high expectations of the course but, as I worked my way through the modules, they went above and beyond anything I could have imagined. I learnt more than I ever could have expected. So, I have to say thank you. Ah! Alex, what a lecturer. She approached everything I did with so much positive feedback. It’s been an absolute pleasure to study under her. You have a brilliant college.'

Omri Pieterse, Grammar Skills Course

Course Overview

Start your course at any time – applications open all year round.

COURSE FEE

Price includes GST

NUMBER OF ASSIGNMENTS

60

The assignments vary in length.

NUMBER OF MODULES

10

These modules include around 200 pages of course notes.

COURSE DURATION

12

Work at your own pace – up to a maximum of twelve months.

START DATE: ANYTIME

Working with an individual tutor means you can start the course at any time.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

Basic writing skills are essential. Computer skills, e-mail and Internet access required.
No previous tertiary qualification required.

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Tutors for this course

You may choose a tutor that you would like to work with.

Alex Smith

Alex Smith is the award-winning author of five novels: Algeria’s WayDrinking from the Dragon’s WellFour Drunk Beauties, Devilskein & Dearlove (published by Random House/Umuzi) and Agency Blue (published by Tafelberg). 

Her work has received widespread acclaim. Drinking from the Dragon’s Well was longlisted for the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award and Devilskein & Dearlove was nominated for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal in the UK. Agency Blue won a Sanlam Youth Literature Award, while Four Drunk Beauties won the Nielsen Booksellers’ Choice Award. 

Alex tutors the Novel Writing Course, the Advanced Novel Writing Course, the Advanced Short Story Writing Course and the Grammar Skills Course, sharing her knowledge and expertise with students of all skill levels.

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Marian Michaux

Marian Michaux has worked as a language teacher for over 20 years, and has extensive knowledge and experience in teaching grammar. From 2006 to 2018 she taught English as a second language in Abu Dhabi, UAE, to adult students from a diverse range of nationalities, cultures and ethnic backgrounds.

In addition to a BA and HDE, she has the CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults). Marian is also a certified IELTS Speaking Examiner (International English Language Testing), and has been assessing students for almost a decade.

Course Curriculum

Module 1

Highlighting Verbs – The Heart of the Sentence

  • What is a verb?
  • Action verbs
  • Being verbs
  • Having verbs
  • Eight exercises

Module 2

Understanding Tenses

  • Talking about NOW
  • Talking about YESTERDAY
  • Talking about TOMORROW
  • 11 exercises

Module 3

Starting From Scratch – The Simple Sentence

  • Three components of the simple sentence
  • Subjects rule
  • Hard-working verbs
  • Obsolete objects
  • Seven exercises

Module 4

The Mechanics of a Sentence in Action

  • Little nouns that were
  • Pronouns and amateurs
  • What adjectives tell
  • What adverbs help you do
  • Perfect prepositions
  • Fix it with conjunctions
  • Interjections
  • Ten exercises

Module 5

Subjects and Verbs Unite

  • How verbs and subjects change each other
  • The 12 rules of engagement
  • Two exercises

Module 6

Perfect Punctuation

  • Where what goes and why
  • Full stops, commas, semi-colons and colons
  • Brackets, dashes and hyphens
  • Exclamation marks and question marks
  • Apostrophes and abbreviations
  • Inverted commas
  • Ten exercises

Module 7

Complex Sentences

  • Confounding compounds
  • Flex your complex
  • Ruling subordinate clauses
  • Phrases
  • Types of subordinate clauses
  • Common mistakes
  • Seven exercises

Module 8

Producing Paragraphs That Work

  • How to write a paragraph
  • Organising ideas
  • Expressing opinions
  • More tips for good writing
  • Four exercises

Module 9

Putting Grammar to Work

  • How to punctuate email letters
  • How to punctuate lists
  • Two exercises
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Module 10

Wrapping It Up

  • 20 most common writing errors
  • Three exercises
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What Our Students Say

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Thank you so much for all your help. You have taught me so much, and you have been absolutely great with helping me out. You were a great tutor.
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The course is of a very high standard. Thank you for a helpful, motivating lecturer. I think you are doing a sterling job.
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This was a very worthwhile course to do. I would like to recommend it to anyone who is interested in taking an English language correspondence course. My lecturer was really patient and very competent. Her feedback was very thorough and explained in an easy-to-understand way for the improvement of my writing. Her advice was very helpful.
Sarita Smit Grammar for Writers Course
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It is worth every penny. The course material coupled with the assignment questions improved my knowledge and writing skills. I have a better understanding of the grammar and the reason behind certain grammar rules. Very helpful with useful and insightful feedback. Positive criticism to enable me to understand the errors I make and to help me to correct them.
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Having studied through the Writers College my confidence has increased dramatically in regards to how I write and the usage of proper grammar and punctuation skills. Also, I have noticed that I am very aware of the wrong usage of punctuation marks and grammar spelling from others and have the ability to correct it on my own.
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Get These Additional Benefits

Lifetime Course Access

Benefit from free lifetime access to future course updates and access to our writing resources.

Join a Community of Writers

You will have access to our friendly Facebook community, daily writing tips and writing inspiration.

500+ Bonus Articles on Our Blog

A superb, constantly updated resource with articles on writing and interviews with writers.

Work at Your Own Pace

Our courses work around you. You can pace your course around your busy life.

Work Opportunities

Top students are invited to join our writers and editors for hire service.

Be the First to Know About Writing Competitions

We'll help you keep up to date with the latest competition announcements

Risk-Free 100% Money-Back Guarantee

We are so confident that you will love your course that if you’re not 100% satisfied with the quality of our training, simply ask for a refund within 30 days.

Complete the Application Form to Enrol on the Grammar Skills Course

You will receive an approval email and invoice within one working day.

*If the application form doesn’t submit, please contact admin and we’ll assist you.

Questions? We've Got Answers

Detailed course notes covering the content of each module will be emailed to you. You can also download modules directly from the Student Centre online. 

At the end of each module, you will be required to complete several writing exercises. Once a writing assignment has been completed and emailed to your tutor, you will receive an assessment and feedback, and the module will be considered complete.

Absolutely. You have direct communication with your tutor for the duration of the course. The more questions you ask, the more you will get out of the course.

You will get lifetime access to the course, and you’ll benefit from all future updates and improvements to the course.

For the majority of our courses, only your tutor will see your work. Your work will remain completely private unless you get it published. In the journalism courses, your work might be published in the public domain, but you do have the final say as to whether or not it is published.

You will receive a Writers College Certificate upon successful completion of the course, provided you meet the following conditions: 

  • You must have completed all writing assignments.

  • The course must have been completed within 12 months of registration.

  • A minimum average of 50% must be achieved.

  • Basic writing skills are essential.
  • Basic computer skills, as well as email and Internet access are required.
  • No previous tertiary qualification is required.

Because you will work with an individual tutor, you can apply for a course and start as soon as you want to. There are no specific start dates as would be the case with a traditional college.

An application is usually approved within one working day. Once we see proof of payment, your course will start.

You could be starting your course today!

  • Reading time: 15 hours
  • Writing time: Up to 30 hours

Once your application has been approved, you will receive notice of approval and an invoice via email. As soon as we see proof of payment, you will receive the first module. We will also send you your tutor’s email address and your login details. Your tutor will also be in touch to welcome you.

Any work you create on our courses is owned by you. We will never make a claim to anything you produce. We follow the rule that copyright subsists with the creator (you).

'The experience was excellent. The tutor was very patient and helpful in every way. This was more than what I expected, and working with Alex was pleasant and insightful.'

Bjorn Du Preez, Grammar Skills Course

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