A command of grammar is one of the best tools for making you a more confident writer or editor. Strong grammar skills allow you to express your ideas clearly, experiment with style and improve the writing of others—without changing an author's voice.

In this course, you will focus on the basics of English grammar, with particular emphasis on common errors. Topics will include the key parts of a sentence, sentence structure, punctuation, consistency, and more.

You should have a strong command of spoken and written English. This is not an EAL course.

The final exam for this course is due one week after the course ends.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - Maureen Phillips $668.00 0 Join Waitlist
Online - Maureen Phillips $668.00 10 Register
Online - Maureen Phillips $668.00 21 Register
Online - - TBD $668.00 30 Register
Online - - TBD $668.00 28 Register

Instructional hours: 18

Schedule clarification: This course begins on the first date listed and ends six days after the last date listed. Between those times, you work at your own pace within the timelines set by the instructor.

What will I learn?

By the end of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Identify and correct common errors in sentence structure
  • Improve writing by identifying and correcting common grammatical errors
  • Apply the rules of punctuation
  • Assess a piece of problematic writing and determine the most effective editing approach

How will I learn?

Prepare to spend six to 10 hours per week on coursework, including:

  • Weekly course modules accessed through Canvas
  • Readings
  • Discussions
  • Exercises

Course materials will be available 24/7, and assignment deadlines will be posted well in advance, allowing you to set your own pace for learning.

How will I be evaluated?

  • Participation in discussions
  • Assignments
  • Final exam

The final exam is due seven days after the end of the course.

Textbooks and learning materials

Will provide all course materials online.

Hardware and software requirements

  • Microsoft Word (2010 or newer) and being comfortable with Track Changes function

We deliver this course using SFU's online course management system, Canvas. You will receive course details and Canvas access instructions on the first day of the course. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas here.

New to online learning? See About Online Learning for helpful videos and additional information.

English language requirements

To succeed in this course, you will need an advanced level of written and spoken English. If you are unsure whether your English language skills are sufficient, we recommend you complete the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with the following minimums:

  • Overall band score minimum 6.5
  • No band below 6.0
  • Writing band score minimum 8.0

Please note we can’t refund your registration fees after the course start date if you find your English language skills are not adequate.

If you have questions or concerns about your English language proficiency, we encourage you to contact your local IELTS Test Centre.

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