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The grammar course is for writers who want to iron out grammar gremlins, improve their writing style and gain a deeper understanding of the rules that make for good writing; it will benefit journalists, editors, Web writers, copywriters and all creative writers.
In good writing the sentences just flow off the page. Their meaning is crystal clear, and as a reader you are drawn in to the narrative, whether it is crime fiction or political analysis. In bad writing the sentences feel clunky, and you may have to stop and re-read a sentence to figure out what the writer means. You might think the difference is all about creativity and verve, but usually it is something as basic as grammar.
Course Details: - Modules: four Modules - Duration: Course can be completed at own pace: between up to eight months - Start date: At any time; applications all year round via our website
Student must complete: - Four theoretical modules - 80 practical writing exercises that students submit for assessment and feedback
Admission requirements: - Must be proficient in writing - Computer skills, e-mail and Internet access required - No previous tertiary qualification required
Tutor for this course: Rosemary Hepozden
Parts of Speech
Includes a 50-page course manual Reading and revision time: 4 + hours Writing time: 7 + hours Duration: two months 18 assignments Topics covered: Nouns: Give it a name Pronouns: Take your place Verbs: Do it, be it, feel it Adverbs: How do you like it? Adjectives: What's it like? Articles: Three little words Prepositions: State your position Conjunctions: Getting it together! Interjections: What Poppycock!
English Grammar for Writers Part 1
Includes a 90-page course manual Reading and revision time: 6 + hours Writing time: 10 + hours Duration: two months 19 assignments Topics covered: Know the parts of speech When to use A or an Work with the past tense Know your active from passive voice When passive is preferable Misplaced modifiers: only How to use the pronouns Me - Myself - I How to look for unnecessary adjectives Working with expletives 100 words commonly confused
English Grammar for Writers Part 2
Includes a 110-page course manual Reading and revision time: 6 + hours Writing time: 10 + hours Duration: two months 26 assignments Topics covered: Know the parts of speech Correct subject-verb agreement Create pronoun-antecedent agreement Problems with pronouns Use steps of comparison correctly How to show possession using an apostrophe Foreign words you should know and understand Two ways to boost your speed and clarity Which to use: who or whom, less or fewer, which or that, amount or number Use the correct mood of the verb Manage your modifiers
English Grammar for Writers Part 3
Includes a 100-page course manual Reading and revision time: 6 + hours Writing time: 10 + hours Duration: two months 17 assignments Topics covered: Know the parts of speech What is a sentence? Three easily spotted problems with sentences Solving sentence mayhem How conjunctions function Understand clauses Sentence types: Mixing it up Keep in line: Parallel structure Use the comma correctly Punctuation: 10 tricks to learn Outdated rules and new personal habits
How does the course work? Detailed class notes covering the content of each module are e-mailed to students, or students can download modules directly from the Student Centre online.
At the end of each module, students will be required to complete several writing exercises. Once the writing assignment has been completed, and e-mailed to the lecturer, an assessment and feedback will be sent to the student, and the module will be considered complete.
Conditions of Certification:
Students will receive an SA Writers' College Certificate upon successful completion of the course, provided they meet the following conditions: - Students must have completed all module assignments - Students must have attained a minimum of 50% for an exam following completion of the modules - The course must have been completed within twelve months of registration. - Students are expected to attain a minimum average of 50% for the course