Write and edit better starting today. Gain confidence in your writing. Improve your communication skills. This course will reinforce the rules you learned in school and teach you some you didn't. 
Good grammar doesn't make good writing, but good writing demands good grammar. Whether you're a student or a professional, a career changer or a job seeker, Effective Grammar will equip you to write more effectively from day one.
You'll learn it all—from grammar basics to more advanced concepts like parallelism and agreement to the finer points of capitalization and punctuation. After completing this certificate, you'll be a master of commas, complete sentences, common sense writing, and more. 
Put an end to grammar mistakes that detract from your work. The grammar knowledge you'll gain will contribute to whatever kind of writing you produce. Everything you learn will elevate your communication skills and help you present polished, professional writing every time. 

CEUs/ILUs: 3.2
Length (in hours): 32
Price in USD $295.00
Price in CAD $395.00


Unit 1

Parts of Speech & Mixed-up Words

  • Eight Parts of Speech                         
  • Homophones
  • Contractions vs. Possessive Pronouns                                     
  • Other Confusables

Unit 2

Contractions & Possessives

  • Common Contractions
  • Regular Possessives
  • Irregular and Unusual Possessives

Unit 3

Subjects & Predicates

  • Getting to Know Subjects and Predicates
  • Predicate Basics: Action Verbs and Linking Verbs
  • Compound Predicates and Verb Phrases
  • Subject Basics: Nouns and Pronouns

Unit 4

Sentence Fragments & Run-on Sentences

  • Missing Subjects and Missing Predicates
  • Understanding Clauses
  • Fragment Clues
  • Punctuation Fixes
  • Punctuation Plus a Conjunction
  • Rewriting

Unit 5

Standard Verb Forms

  • Person and Number
  • Tense, Voice, and Mood
  • Simple Tenses
  • Perfect Tenses

Unit 6


  • Subject-Verb Agreement
  • Singular or Plural?
  • Interceding Words
  • Agreeable Pronouns
  • Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement

Unit 7

Shifts, Logic, Clarity & Precision

  • Shifts in Person and Tense
  • Parallel Structure
  • Other Structural Shifts
  • Syntax and Modifiers
  • Faulty Reference
  • Wordiness
  • Diction and Logic

Unit 8

Capitalization & Punctuation

  • Capitalization Rules
  • End Punctuation
  • Internal Punctuation
  • Other Punctuation Marks
  • Quotation Marks
  • Proofreading

Next start date

Jun 6 – Jul 29