Basic Grammar Course and Grammar Tutorial

  • Grammar course for people who need grammar training to take care of problems with grammar, punctuation, spelling, word usage, or sentence structure
  • Grammar course contains practice and tests based on the student’s own business writing
  • Instructor provides individual attention to grammar training needs
  • Students receive grammar training in only the specific grammar skills they need
  • Self-pacing, online grammar course that can be taken from anywhere in the world
  • Unlimited access to the instructor to ask questions about business grammar
  • Online quizzes containing sentences from the student’s original business writing sample
  • Instructor is a college of business PhD professor
  • Extensive grammar course feedback and coaching as part of the grammar training
  • Clear, easily understood explanations of English grammar

Grammar Course Tutorial Syllabus:

The Basic Grammar Course Tutorial provides grammar training for people who have problems in grammar, punctuation, spelling, word usage, or sentence structure. The course will help you learn new patterns to replace the old by using your own sentences as the grammar training examples. The teaching, practice, and tests are based on your own writing as much as possible. This grammar training course is highly individualized. The instructor carefully evaluates your business writing and prescribes grammar training and practice based on your unique needs. You receive grammar training on only the specific skills you need to learn, at your own pace. You have unlimited access to the instructor to ask questions.

You may purchase the grammar training textbook we use from a bookseller such as However, the textbook is not required for the course. You will use online grammar training materials to learn the skills.

Grammar Course Timeline

You will go through the grammar course at your own pace, so you could complete it within a few weeks. However, you have up to four months to complete the grammar course so you can fit the study time into your schedule. All grammar training lessons must be finished within the four-month period.

Grammar Course Content

You will send business writing samples to your instructor. Your instructor will read each sample thoroughly, identify grammar skills you need to learn, list the sentences with problems in each area with corrections showing how they should have been written, assign readings from the grammar training textbook, answer any questions you have about grammar, have you practice the grammar skill, and give you an online quiz containing sentences from your original writing sample that you must correct in ten minutes to be sure you have learned the skills. You have unlimited access to the instructor in the course.

Your instructor will look for issues in any of the following areas and give you grammar training in the skills you need:

• Abbreviations • Active Voice • Adverbs • Affect – Effect • Apostrophes to Show Possession • Articles • Bolding • Capitalization • Colloquialisms • Colons • Commas and Periods with Quotation Marks • Comma Overuse • Commas in a Series • Commas with “However,” “Therefore,” “Thus” • Commas with Coordinate Adjectives • Commas with Coordinating Conjunctions • Commas with Dates, States, Addresses, and Numbers • Commas with Introductory Elements • Commas with Nonrestrictive Appositives • Commas with Nonrestrictive Elements • Commas with Parenthetical Elements • Commonly Confused Word Pairs • Conciseness • Consistency • Contractions • Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers • Ellipses • Errors Unique to Your Writing • Formatting • Fragment Sentences • Gerunds, Infinitives, and Participles • Hyphens and Dashes • Hyphens with Compound Adjectives • Hyphens with Numbers • Hyphens with Prefixes and Compound Words • Idioms and Word Usage • Inversions • Lists • Modal Auxiliary Verbs • Mood Shift • Number (Singular or Plural) • Numbers Format • Omitting Space or Inserting Too Much Space • Parallelism in Lists and Sentences • Parentheses • Passive Voice • Periods • Plurals • Prepositions • Pronoun Reference • Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement Pronouns • Proofreading • Questions • Quotation Marks • Run-on Sentences • Run-on sentences Using “Therefore,” “However” • Semicolons • Simple Sentence Structures • Simple Vocabulary • Slashes • Spelling • Subject/Verb Agreement • Tense Endings • Tense Shifts • Tense • “There,” “Their,” and “They’re,” • Using Case Correctly • Using Key Words • “Whom,” “That,” and “Which” • Word Choice • Word Omitted • Word Unnecessary • Wordiness • Wording Problems

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Writing Coaching by Senior Instructor Dr. Robert Hogan

Business Writing InstructorDr. Robert Hogan teaches the coaching, tutoring, and individualized business writing courses. Dr. Hogan has been training writers for 40 years in universities, colleges of business, consulting companies, and professional writing companies. He has been a professor at the University of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County College, and Illinois State University College of Business. He was manager of communications in a telephone billing company and owner of a company writing documents on contract for government agencies and corporations.

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  • U.S. General Services Administration
  • Dun& Bradstreet
  • Department of Defense
  • National Association of Legal Assistants
  • HR-Wire
  • Florida Department of Health
  • Investor’s Business Daily
  • TechRepublic

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