Improve your skills with an online grammar course
I (Mary Morel) have developed these online grammar courses based on years of answering people's grammar questions.
I believe grammar matters because you can write more confidently when you don't have to worry about your grammar and punctuation. Many of the rules can be bent or ignored, but you need to understand them before you break them and use language to its fullest.
Grammar is not easy. I'd be kidding you if I said it was, but the more you know, the easier and more enjoyable it becomes. Read my blog on Why learn grammar.
There are two main schools on grammar: descriptive and prescriptive. Descriptive grammar describes the way people write and speak, and prescriptive grammar gives advice and rules on how to use the language.
I think of these courses as 'practical grammar'. I tell you the traditional rules, but also debunk some myths and explain how language is changing.
What you receive when you register for an online grammar course
The online writing and grammar courses are interactive and you receive:
- Written information – many of the courses have accompanying e-books you can download for future reference
- Activities and quizzes
Some courses also have videos and podcasts.
You can choose to do some courses in either American or Australian spelling. (Australian spelling is similar to New Zealand and British spelling). You will receive the Australian spelling version by default, but email us and request the American spelling version.
You have access to your courses for one year.
Online grammar courses
Grammar and writing skills overlap, so a few courses in the following list also appear on the Writing courses page.
If your time is limited, do this one (3–5 hours) and Grammar Terms.
Feedback: ‘I enjoyed the course. Very succinct and thorough.’
Read the course outline.
How to use Apostrophes (A$19.95)
This short course is part of An A to Z of Punctuation. If you are not sure about apostrophe usage, then this course is for you.
Feedback includes comments such as: 'I know understand possessive apostrophes.'
This course will take you 1.5–2.5 hours to complete. Read the course outline.
Styles for Business Writing (A$39)
Written with small-to-medium businesses in mind, this course looks at modern writing styles, such as styles for numbers and dates. Consistent, modern styles are part of branding.
Feedback includes comments such as: 'I found the sections on abbreviations and quotation marks very helpful.'
This course will take you 3–4 hours to complete. Read the course outline.
The Art of Writing Sentences (A$39)
It's at the sentence level, you can often make the biggest improvement to your writing. This course aims to make you think about the way you write.
Feedback includes comments such as: 'I learnt how to write a sentence that makes sense and has meaning.'
This course takes 3–5 hours to complete. Read the course outline.
Working with Words (A$39)
Your word choice is key to the way you communicate. This course looks at topics such as formal and informal language, buzzwords, spelling and more.
Feedback includes comments such as: 'I like this course. Useful and of an appropriate length.'
This course takes 3-4 hours to complete. Read the course outline.