Section Instructor: Stephanie Bluestein
This Language Primer Course Pack is for students enrolled in News Reporting II-11934 (Spring 2019) at California State University.
Do you or your students struggle with the basics of composition and writing? The “Language Primer” focuses on the fundamentals, giving you unlimited access to essays, practice drills and feedback. When you’re ready, take the “final exams” for each section to see how much you’ve learned.
Whether you’re stumped by the difference between active and passive voice, unsure about which spelling of “they’re” or “there” to use or need a refresher on dangling modifiers, this course will help you write with greater confidence.
The Language Primer was specially designed to be an assessment for students in college-degree programs across the country.
What Will I Learn:
This course covers the rules and principles of grammar, punctuation and word use in the English language. It specifically addresses the following topics:
- Dangling and misplaced modifiers
- The case of personal pronouns such as “I” and “me”
- Sentence structure concepts, including active and passive voice, sentence fragments and subject-verb agreement
- Apostrophe usage with contractions, possessive pronouns and plural words
- Comma usage
- Essential and non-essential clauses
- General word usage and common spelling mistakes
- Special focus on “to/too/two” and “they’re/their/there”
Who should take this course:
This course is for anyone who struggles with the basics of English grammar, word usage and punctuation. It also can be used as a review of the fundamentals or to diagnose and correct specific problems.
Using Language Primer as a companion for your curriculum
Want to integrate this course into your curriculum or your organization’s training program? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can create a special edition of this course for your students or staffers. As a bonus, you’ll get access to an Instructor Dashboard™, giving you access to their assessment scores.
Looking for more? We also offer a News Literacy Primer, Numeracy Primer and a host of other courses you can build into Digital Course Packs to supplement your syllabus. Let NewsU be your online resource for teaching tools.
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