Improve Your English Grammar

Course CodeSGW1
Fee CodeSG
Duration (approx)20 hours
QualificationCertificate of Completion
Learn how to improve your grammar skills.20 hour Short Courses from ACS Distance Education

Knowing how to construct words into proper sentences is critical if you are to communicate clearly and effectively; both in writing and when speaking.

Some people learn grammar at school; but if you didn't, or english is your second language; this course could help you to greatly improve your communication skills.

We rely on punctuation and grammar to enhance the way that our words are received by others and to reduce misunderstandings.
Grammar provides a coherent structure for the expression of thoughts and ideas. By following grammatical rules, we are able to compile logical sentences that make sense to the receiver. Punctuation is used to create sense within the correct grammar, indicating such things as start and end of sentences, spaces, groupings, questions and so on.
This course can help English speakers to improve their grammar, punctuation and control of language elements, particularly in written communication. For speakers of English as a second language, it will help to clarify some of the rules to follow in both written and spoken language.  

Lesson Structure

There are 5 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction - The Components of Language
    • Types of words - nouns, pronouns, verbs, etc.
    • Where do words come from? -Eponyms and systematically constructed words
    • Structure of words -root, prefix and Suffix
    • Prefix examples and meanings
    • Suffix examples and meanings
    • Context
    • Parts of a sentence
    • Clauses
    • The English mindset
  2. Types of Words
    • Nouns
    • Pronouns
    • Verbs
    • Adjectives
    • Using adjectives
    • Adverbs
    • Prepositions
    • Conjunctions
    • Interjections, Articles
    • Creating plurals
  3. Punctuation
    • End marks
    • Commas
    • Colons and Semi colons
    • Quotation marks
    • Apostrophe
    • Hyphen, dashes, italics and more
  4. Upper and Lower Case, Abbreviations, Numbers, Bullet points
    • Capitalisation
    • Abbreviations
    • Bullet points
    • Numbers
    • Rules and Guidelines for their use.
  5. Using Words Together
    • Sentences
    • Clauses and Phrases
    • Sentence types and construction
    • Good Writing - purpose
    • Paragraphs
    • Referencing
    • Writing clearly and appropriately in different contexts (books, periodicals, online etc)
    • Language styles- persuasive, imaginative, formal, colloquial and more.
    • Language for purpose - narratives, recounts, expositions, reports and more.
    • Final Assessment


This is a self paced, 20 hour study program; with everything from your enrolment through to awarding of your certificate of completion, controlled by computer software developed by our programmers.

Utilizing cutting edge technology all the way; you can

  1. Enrol, pay course fees into pay pal; your payment approval then triggers an email explaining how to proceed, and access to the course.
  2. You are then given instructions (options to read or listen to an audio).
  3. Next you proceed to work through lessons as fast or slow as you wish; undertaking automated self assessment tests at the end of each lesson, choosing practical/additional learning tasks to undertake as you go.
  4. On concluding the final lesson; you undertake a major online exam; and on achieving a 60% pass rate, you are given a "Certificate of Completion" carrying your name and date, to download as a pdf, to save or print as you wish


Unlike our other 100 hour courses, there is no additional exam fee charged for the exam in this or any of the 20 hour short courses.

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