FREE Introductory Lesson


Materials for Intro Lesson:
Learn 1 | Learn 2 | Learn 3
Practice 1 | Answers 1

“I’ve enjoyed the program immensely. I verified my knowledge and good instincts and discovered how little I know. Thank you.” -Anonymous Student
“I feel I have learned so much in a short period of time.”
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Great class—thanks. You covered all the basics, and I learned a lot. It’s good to review these things every once in a while!
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Course Overview

In this workshop course, you’ll go at your own pace through eight lessons plus a FREE Introductory Lesson. Designed for native English speakers, the course also holds value for non-native speakers who want to improve their ability to “sound natural” when they speak and write the English language. Each lesson includes at least one opportunity to practice the principles covered in that segment. The lessons vary in running time from 11 minutes to 36 minutes, but you should leave additional time to complete the Practice exercises. Instructor Rosanne Ullman, a professional writer/editor with a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Northwestern University, adapted the educational content from an adult education program course she developed and taught for 20 years. As a bonus in this online version, at the end of Lesson 8 you’ll have an opportunity to send us a paragraph you’ve written, and we will return it with our edits and comments!

Review parts of speech and parts of a sentence. Take this lesson for free!

The apostrophe is a little mark with a big impact! By studying apostrophes, you’ll learn all about contractions and possessives, which will improve your writing in general.

The poor comma, so widely misunderstood, is happy you’re taking this lesson! A little attention to clauses and phrases will have you inserting commas where they belong.

You’re not the only one who isn’t sure how to use colons, semicolons, parentheses, em dashes and the rest of those little marks. After this lesson, you’ll be an expert.

How can you tell whether a verb or pronoun should be singular or plural? To many people, this is a mystery! This lesson guides you in making sure the various parts of speech in your sentences agree with each other.

If you cringe when you hear someone say “him and I,” you’ll love this focus on pronouns. And if you’re the one saying “him and I,” prepare to immerse yourself in an important aspect of English grammar.

Mastering verbs, verb tenses and verb modifiers will not only help you stay grammatically correct but also improve your writing significantly. This lesson will give you confidence to use strong verbs and edge you closer to the writer you want to be!

Want to nail down the difference between “lie” and “lay”? Get confused about “complimentary” and “complementary”? After this lesson, you’ll be the one who helps other people keep it straight!

Now that you have your grammar tools, it’s time to use them! But before you take them out for a spin, check out this lesson, which reveals the secrets that good writers know about how to write compelling copy in your own, original voice.