Excellent English: A Writing Review - Part II: Punctuation

Course Name

Excellent English: A Writing Review - Part II: Punctuation

Contact Hours: 10

Course Description

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.

Outcome

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.

Assessment

  • 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.

Outline

Week 1:Through reading, studying and completing exercises, students will become proficient in using commas.

Week 2: Through reading, studying and completing exercises, students will learn correct use of semicolons and colons.

Week 3: Through reading, studying and completing exercises, students will learn how to use hyphens with compound modifiers, compound nouns, word breaks, and other hyphenated forms.

Week 4: Through reading, studying and completing exercises, students will learn to use dashes and parentheses correctly.