Section Instructor: Kalen Churcher
This Language Primer Course Pack is for students enrolled in COM 260: Basic News Writing (Fall 2019) at Wilkes University.
The “Language Primer” focuses on the fundamentals, giving you unlimited access to essays, practice drills and feedback. 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. When you’re ready, take the “final exams” for each section to see how much you’ve learned.
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.
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