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Getting into Grammar


A one-day course in London £385+VAT


24 February & 7 September 2012


This is a course for people who speak English fluently and have a good grasp of how the language works, but are unsure of the many and varied rules of English grammar. It will help you build a firm foundation of grammatical awareness, giving you the tools you need to identify, discuss and correct poor grammar and punctuation.


The perfect introduction, Getting into Grammar will give you:


• a clear grasp of grammatical terms • an understanding of how sentences work • the knowledge to use punctuation effectively • an awareness of some common pitfalls.


Programme


Programme • The building blocks – word, phrase, clause, sentence • Word classes – old and new terms • Verbs • Key elements in sentences: grammatical functions • Key relationship – subject and verb • Clauses and sentence types: simple, compound, complex • It’s or its? – the use and abuse of apostrophes • How to use commas, semicolons, colons and dashes • Some personal pronoun problems.


Who will benefit from this course?


Who will benefit from this course? Getting into Grammar is particularly suitable for those needing an introduction to current English grammatical terms and key concepts, as well as the basic principles of punctuation. For those who are already familiar with the basic concepts and current terminology we recommend Grappling with Grammar.


Your tutor Your tutor


Getting into Grammar and Grappling with Grammar are run by Andrew Steeds. After a spell in teaching and education research, Andrew worked as a publisher in three of the major UK educational publishing companies before going freelance in 1992. He now runs Simply Put, a company that offers writing, project management and consultancy to organisations that want to communicate more effectively with their readers.


Grappling with Grammar


A one-day course in London £385+VAT


15 November 2011 26 April, 17 July & 13 November 2012


If you have more than a good grasp of the basics of grammar, Grappling with Grammar will hone your skills, helping you to:


• detect and correct poor grammar and punctuation • understand which ‘rules’ you (or your authors) can break • explain your editorial decisions.


The course provides guidance and practice in specific problem areas and consolidates punctuation skills. This is a second-level course that will require a thorough understanding of the basics of grammar. We also offer Getting into Grammar for those who need a primer on the basics of grammar.


Programme


Programme • Verbs, clauses and sentences • That or which? – understanding relative clauses • Verbal nuances – may/might, should/would, shall/will, the subjunctive • The dangling participle and other structural weaknesses • Split infinitives and other bugbears • How to use commas, semicolons, colons and dashes • The apostrophe • How to punctuate quotes • When to hyphenate • Consolidation.


Who wilWho will benefit from this course?l benefit from this course?


Anyone who writes or edits text for internal or external correspondence, in publicity material or in an editorial context.


Your tutor Your tutor


Getting into Grammar and Grappling with Grammar are run by Andrew Steeds. After a spell in teaching and education research, Andrew worked as a publisher in three of the major UK educational publishing companies before going freelance in 1992. He now runs Simply Put, a company that offers writing, project management and consultancy to organisations that want to communicate more effectively with their readers.





“A good overall foundation in grammar and a good refresher of some stuff I already knew. An appreciation of the fl uidity of things and that it is not all about rules.” CancerBACUP delegate


“Excellent teacher who managed to keep our attention despite the sometimes complex nature of the course.” RCN Publishing delegate


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EDITORIAL COURSES: General Editorial & Writing Skills


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