Perfect English Punctuation for Beginners
What you'll learn
- Produce more effective documents
- Write more clearly
- Show readers a command of English
- Be able to write English sentences
Writing is held together by punctuation: semicolons, colons, commas, periods, apostrophes and more.
But few writers have mastered these small but vital marks and points. Indeed, writers are more focused on grammar and style, forgetting the glue between the words.
Without punctuation, your writing becomes confusing and even misleading.
A poor grasp of punctuation shows a lack of attention to detail, whether you’re writing a cover letter for a job, a book manuscript for a publishing house, or a research paper for school.
Do you really know where to put a semicolon? Are you certain that your commas are in the right places?
Show editors, teachers, and employers that you are a punctuation master with this new course on English punctuation.
This course takes you through all of the major punctuation marks and points, including my Top 6 punctuation errors, a list I’ve developed from reading thousands of writing assignments from university students. These errors spring eternal in students’ writing.
Do you really know the difference between its and it’s and you’re and your?
The course lessons begin with the most common but misunderstood punctuation mark: the comma. Then the course moves through other commonly misapplied punctuation, including dashes, apostrophes, and colons.
In this comprehensive course, I will help you:
- See the importance of punctuation in making correct meaning;
- Avoid embarrassing punctuation errors;
- Write better sentences through punctuating properly;
- Use more obscure punctuation marks appropriately;
- Add structure to your writing through proper usage;
Join now and complete this course to produce perfectly punctuated writing that impresses teachers, editors, and employers.
If you do not find this course helpful, you may request a refund within 30 days, no questions asked.
Who this course is for:
- Anyone who wants to master English punctuation
- Students completing writing assignments
- Freelance and full-time editors
- Communication professionals
Dr. Duncan Koerber has taught writing and communications courses for the past 12 years at eight Canadian universities to thousands of students.
Oxford University Press recently published his writing textbook, Clear, Precise, Direct: Strategies for Writing (2015). Available on Amazon, the book considers the seven most common errors (interfering factors) in writing and how to improve them (enhancing factors). His second book, Crisis Communication in Canada, is now out on Amazon from University of Toronto Press.
Currently a professor at Brock University in Ontario, Canada, Duncan Koerber worked for nearly 10 years in reporting and editing roles for the London Free Press, the Mississauga News, and the University of Toronto Medium. He has freelanced for magazines and newspapers, including the Toronto Star.
Duncan Koerber has been a successful freelance editor, earning a 95% success rating on Upwork.
Duncan Koerber has a bachelor of arts degree in English, Professional Writing, and Political Science from the University of Toronto (2001), a master of arts degree in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario (2003), and a Ph.D. in Communication and Culture from York University and Ryerson University (2009).
His academic writing, which focuses on media and journalism history, writing pedagogy, and public relations crisis communication, has been published in the Canadian Journal of Communication, Public Relations Review, the Journal of Canadian Studies, Journalism History, Media History, Composition Studies, Canadian Journal of Media Studies, and Sport History Review.