This online course is 6 weeks long, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week. You are not required to be online at any specific time. You register and pay on our website and instructions on how to access your course will be emailed to you immediately after registration.

The actual time commitment involved in completing any given lesson can vary significantly based on a number of factors including reading speed, familiarity with the topic, related experience, the amount of time spent completing optional assignments, and involvement with discussion board. For planning purposes we suggest setting aside 1 hour per lesson as a starting point.


Grammar for ESL

Grammar for ESL

$190 + applicable tax

This course is designed as an in-depth analysis of English grammar for intermediate to advanced English as Second Language college students. It is designed to prepare you for regular mainstream English classes.    

Grammar for ESL is one of the required courses in most college ESL programs to transfer to mainstream English or to transfer to a university. It establishes a foundation for continuous learning and serves as a complement to other courses that you may be taking or will take.

Week 1 Wednesday - Lesson 1

Introduction

No matter what the language, grammar is often viewed as a difficult thing to grasp. Most people don't really know what grammar is. You'll find out here in the first lesson. You'll be surprised to learn how simple grammar can be. Once you discover this, you'll want to read and learn more.

Week 1 Friday - Lesson 2

Verb Tenses and the Three Major Verbs In English

Unlike some languages, English grammar follows a very logical structure. In this lesson, you'll discover how the language functions and grasp the main verbs of English. In addition, you'll explore some of the language structures that can be confusing and learn that once you discover a simple trick, they really aren't confusing at all.

Week 2 Wednesday - Lesson 3

Tenses and Forms Of Verbs

This lesson will talk about past and present tenses. You'll examine how you can manipulate verbs to give specific meanings and find out how to construct effective sentences in standard academic English.

Week 2 Friday - Lesson 4

The Future Perfect Tense, Gerunds and Infinitives

In this lesson, you'll see how an action is reported as complete in future time. A lot of people, including native speakers, avoid this future perfect form, but you won't. You'll discover why it's important to understand and use the future perfect. Then you'll explore the difference between the infinitive (to go) and the gerund (going) forms. You will learn when and how to use them appropriately.

Week 3 Wednesday - Lesson 5

Making Sense of the Modals

Native speakers know how to use most of the modals correctly. But it's common to make errors in using the right modal for the right tense (time). In this lesson, you'll make sense of these unique words that are used to help verbs give a specific meaning.

Week 3 Friday - Lesson 6

The Passive Voice

The core of this lesson is identifying the active and passive voice or, who did what to whom. This is essential because it reflects one's ability to think clearly and logically. Understanding the active and passive voice is also important because it will help you detect deceitful statements others may make in an effort to persuade you to do something.

Week 4 Wednesday - Lesson 7

Noun Clauses

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a clause and a phrase? Today you'll find out. You'll also learn how questions are formed in English. This is particularly important because English can be a little different from other languages. For example, Spanish generally depends on the music of the language to create a question. English depends on the word order—the verb must always come before the subject in order to form a question.

Week 4 Friday - Lesson 8

Reported Speech

To report means to say what you saw or heard—to retell what someone has already said, or what you have already experienced. Communication would be very difficult if it weren't for the reported speech form. Can you imagine yourself talking in quotes all the time? In this lesson, you'll examine what English speakers do to change a quoted speech to reported speech. You'll find out how easy it is to do this and also learn the common errors that even native speakers make.

Week 5 Wednesday - Lesson 9

Adjective and Adverb Clauses

Today, you'll look at practical applications of adjective and adverb clauses. These terms can be confusing, but the lesson will make them as clear as possible. You'll discover that the challenge of learning them can actually be fun!

Week 5 Friday - Lesson 10

Real and Unreal Conditional, 'Wish' and 'If'

Real and unreal conditionals create a problem for many people. A speaker can easily make errors if they are unaware of what's real and what's unreal. Today, you'll grasp the difference and find out what's considered acceptable English. You'll be surprised to see how often mistakes are made and how easy it is to avoid making them.

Week 6 Wednesday - Lesson 11

Count and Non-Count Nouns, Subject/Verb Agreement

There are many nouns in English that can't be counted. You need to know what they are so that you can use the proper verb form with them. This lesson will address those nouns. You'll learn how to make the verb agree with the subject of a sentence and how to determine what verb form to use if the subject is singular, third person, plural, or non-count.

Week 6 Friday - Lesson 12

English as Second/Foreign Language Problem Spots

The final lesson will discuss your newly developed confidence in understanding how English grammar works. It will talk about how the content that's been covered contributes to an appreciation for languages in general and English in particular.

Course Details
This course is fully online, you require internet access and an email account. The course duration is 6 weeks, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week, for a total of 12. You are not required to be online at any specific time.

In addition to the specific lesson content, there is a discussion board with each lesson and often there is an optional assignment to apply the learning.

Following each lesson, there is a short multiple choice quiz. Your score on these quizzes does not count towards the final mark but completing these helps solidify your learning as well as prepare you for the final exam.

The final exam is an open-book, multiple choice exam and you need to achieve a minimum of 65% on the final exam to pass the course. There is only one opportunity to pass the exam. A certificate of completion from Ed2Go is available for printing immediately upon successful completion of the course and a certificate from the University of Waterloo will be emailed typically 1-2 weeks later.

Certificates
Many of the Ed2Go courses are eligible towards the various online certificates offered by Professional Development.

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