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Excellent English: A Writing Review - Part II: Punctuation


This is the second of three review courses that together provide an in-depth review of grammar, punctuation, mechanics, sentence structure and clarity. While it is preferable that students take the courses in sequence, they may also pick and choose the individual courses that suit their needs.

Part II of the review covers punctuation, providing students with practical understanding of punctuation without forcing them to memorize countless rules. Weekly units teach the use of commas, semicolons, colons, hyphens, dashes, and parentheses. Exercises, tutoring and mastery quizzes help students understand the concepts and recognize and revise punctuation errors in their own writing.

Required Book: Grammatically Correct: The Writer`s Essential Guide to Punctuation, Spelling, Style, Usage and Grammar by Anne Stilman


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify and use various kinds of punctuation correctly.
  • Use commas correctly and to recognize and revise comma errors.
  • Use semicolons and colons correctly.
  • Use hyphens correctly.
  • Use dashes and parentheses correctly.


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

course quick facts
course code DED401-B
cost $99.00
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