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Excellent English: A Writing Review - Part I: Sentence Structure


This is the first of three review courses that together provide an in-depth review of grammar, punctuation, mechanics, sentence structure and clarity. Students may take the courses in sequence or pick and choose the courses that suit them. Part I of the review covers the most basic aspects of good writing: understanding parts of sentences and speech; ensuring sentence completeness; and conquering common problems with verbs, pronouns and modifiers. Students will read, study, complete exercises and take mastery quizzes that will ensure their understanding of the concepts and revision techniques. Required Book: The Classic Guide to Better Writing: Step-by-Step Techniques and Exercises to Write Simply, Clearly and Correctly By Rudolf Flesch & Abraham H. Lass


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: A. Distinguish the parts of speech. B. Differentiate a complete sentence from a fragment. C. Identify direct and indirect objects. D. Determine which case to use in a given situation ("I" or "me," "who" or "whom"). E. Identify and correct misplaced modifiers. F. Differentiate between the plural and the possessive. G. Choose correct words and express themselves more accurately. H. Use memory tricks and devices to remember what they have learned.


1. Students will complete a variety of exercises that reinforce the material. 2. After each lesson, students will take a multiple-choice quiz. 3. After the final lesson, students will take a multiple-choice exam.

course quick facts
course code DED401-A
cost $119.00
estimated time to
complete course
10 Hours
course materials
4 Weeks

Elsie Walker is a freelance writer who has written over 1000 published articles for a variety of major publications, and works as technical writer who specializes in user guides, a type of technical writer who takes information and translates it into easy-to-understand text for the layperson. Her distance education experiences include teaching courses which cover grammar, structure, style, and clarity.


"I have learned the importance of being clear, concise and to the point. I also learned how long winded I can be." - Constance Clark