How to Punctuate Spelling: to improve spelling & writing
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How to Punctuate Spelling: to improve spelling & writing

From apostrophes to hyphens - an intermediate course to understand and master the tricky punctuation marks in spellings
4.7 (34 ratings)
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235 students enrolled
Created by Joanne Rudling
Last updated 6/2020
English
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This course includes
  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 31 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Improve and be more confident with their spelling
  • Use capital letters correctly & make their writing look more professional
  • Use apostrophes for contractions and possession correctly
  • Use memory tricks to help remembering which homophone is which in tricky words with apostrophes
  • Learn how to use hyphens to make compound words and how to use them in compound adjectives
  • Learn the proper punctuation for numbers, dates, and times in British and American English
Requirements
  • Native speakers who can read and write but need help with spelling
  • Ideal for people who have finished the Spelling Rules: to improve spelling & confidence course
  • Ideal for anyone who needs to improve their business, academic, formal writing.
  • ESL, second language, students who have excellent English.
Description

From the creator of Udemy's popular Spelling Rules: to improve spelling & confidence, comes the perfect follow-on course - How to Punctuate Spelling: to improve spelling & writing to give you even more spelling knowledge and confidence to spell, write and get your meaning across.

This is ideal for both American & British English users who need to understand and "master" the tricky punctuation marks we put in spellings, especially apostrophes (you're, I'm, Joanne's course) and hyphens (good-looking, a 3-year-old, sister-in-law). You'll also learn how to punctuate abbreviations (CD/CDs, Dr./Dr, gym), when to use capital letters (I've, Samsung, Harry Potter), and how to write dates, and time, and much more.

Knowing how to use these in your spellings will help you get your point across, will stop you getting confused and angry with spelling and yourself. Emails, and social media have all made writing important again, and it's a shame if you can't express yourself properly in these, or you spend so long trying to spell or figure out how to use an apostrophe, or not, that you give up. Knowing these will help you so much and make your writing look professional and not sloppy, or like you don't care.  

It's a video based course with additional PDF worksheets for revision, and exercises and spelling tests in the Resources too,

Who this course is for:
  • English speakers who need help with their spelling
Course content
Expand all 36 lectures 03:33:31
+ Introduction
3 lectures 20:30

You're going to learn how to get the most from this course, and about not getting stressed if you forget what you've learned or don't understand.   

Preview 03:49

You're going to learn some key words that are useful to know, and which you’ll see throughout the course. You'll learn all about nouns, proper nouns, plurals, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, homophones, upper and lower case, formal and informal writing.  You'll see these words and terms again in the lessons on capital letters, apostrophes, hyphens, and abbreviations, etc. Don't panic if you don't know these terms - a lot of us never learned these at school, but they are useful to know.

Preview 07:48

Find out why punctuation in spelling is important, learn how using proper punctuation help readers understand you, and gives you more choices to express yourself, and can improve spelling and grammar.

Preview 08:53
+ Using Capital Letters
3 lectures 21:57

In part 1, you're going to learn the first ten uses of the capital letter and how they help people read and understand your writing. You'll see how using capital letters helps people know that you're talking about a "proper" person or thing in names, nicknames, addresses, titles, regions, compass points, and much more.

Capital letters part 1 - video
10:34

Use your knowledge of capitals to help you choose the correct sentence.

capital letters part 1 exercise
13 questions

In this second lesson on capital letters, you'll learn when to use them for institution names, film and book tiles and when to not use them for "small words". We'll also look at brand names and when to use the generic name rather than the trademark name. 

Capital letters part 2 - video
08:33

Use your knowledge of capitals to help you choose the correct sentence.

capital letters part 2 exercise
10 questions

Some words can have a capital letter or not depending on if you're referring to the proper name or not - learn all about these.

Tricky capitals
02:50
+ Abbreviations
6 lectures 28:48

This is a quick introduction to the 4 types of abbreviations you're going to learn in this section. Don't worry if you forget the terms we're going to look at them in more detail in the individual lessons.

Preview 03:06

Learn how and why we shorten words such as fridge, quote, flu, rehab, vocab, and how we can make plurals, and use apostrophes for possessives and contractions with these.

Abbreviations - shortenings video
07:19

Use your knowledge of abbreviations/shortenings to help you choose the correct answer.

abbreviations - shortenings exercise
13 questions

These contraction abbreviations are made when we remove the letters in the middle of the word, but we say the word in full.

You'll learn how some of these have full stop/periods in American English, but there's a rule about when to use a full stop/period in British English. You'll also learn how to punctuation etc. and e.g. and learn about the formal versions of these too. 
Abbreviations - contractions video
05:54
Mr/Mrs or Mr./Mrs.
01:13

Learn how to spell these abbreviations that consist of the first letters of words  and whether we need to punctuate them or use capital letters - BBC, CNN/C.N.N., RAM, scuba...


Abbreviations - initialisms and acronyms video
06:22

Use your knowledge of initialisms & acronyms to help you with this exercise.

initialisms & acronyms exercise
14 questions

Learn more common useful initialisms for work, business and transport: TBA, FYI, DOB, SUV, HGV, PTO...

More common initialisms & revision video
04:54
+ Using Apostrophes
15 lectures 01:31:01

This is a quick introduction to this apostrophe section and what you're going to learn in this section.

Introduction to the apostrophe section video
02:44

Learn all about where and why we add apostrophes in words to contract them. We'll look at words such as  I'm, don't, won't, they're you're, it's, he's, she's, we'll, she'll, I'll, she'd, and how missing an apostrophe can make another word. Then do the exercises in the Resources, and then the spelling test in the next video.

Apostrophes for contractions video
06:21

This is the Apostrophes for Contractions Spelling Test. Do you have a pen and paper ready? Play the video, write what you hear and then pause the player (when told to) and check your spelling letter by letter, and check the apostrophe.

In the Resources, there's a PDF of the spelling test with exercises.

Apostrophes for contractions spelling test
04:30

Use your knowledge of apostrophes for contractions to choose the correct answer.

Apostrophes for contractions exercise
12 questions

Homophones are words that have the same sound but different meanings and different spellings (there/they’re/their, your/you’re, its/it’s). There are hundreds of these in English but we don't get confused when we hear them because they make sense in the context of the sentence. But writing them and knowing which is which can trip up the most accomplished writer. 
 
Learn how to use memory tricks to help with remembering which homophone to use, especially some common homophones that involve the apostrophe - there/they’re/their, your/you’re, its/it’s
 

After this, do the exercises in the Resources.  Then the there/they’re/their, your/you’re, its/it’s spelling tests in the next three videos.

Apostrophes & homophones video
08:33

This is the they're, there, their spelling test. Do you have a pen and paper ready? Play the video, write what you hear and then pause the player (when told to) and check your spelling letter by letter, and check the apostrophe.

In the Resources, there's a PDF of the spelling test with exercises.

they're, there, their spelling test
06:29

Use your knowledge of contractions, and your memory tricks to choose the right spelling.

they're, there, their exercise
12 questions

This is the You're or Your Spelling Test. Do you have a pen and paper ready? Play the video, write what you hear and then pause the player (when told to) and check your spelling letter by letter, and check the apostrophe.

In the Resources, there's a PDF of the spelling test with exercises.

you're or your spelling test
06:42

Use your knowledge of contractions, and your visual memory for what looks right to help you choose the right answer.

you're or your exercise
12 questions

This is the it's or its spelling test. Do you have a pen and paper ready? Play the video, write what you hear and then pause the player (when told to) and check your spelling letter by letter, and check the apostrophe.

it's or its spelling test
05:38

Use your knowledge of contractions, and your visual memory for what looks right to help you choose the correct answer.

it's or its exercise
10 questions

Learn all about we're, were, where homophones and how to use them correctly, the pronunciation, and grammar.

we're or were
06:06

Use your knowledge of contractions and rules to help you choose the correct spelling.

we're or were exercise
10 questions

Learn what the  'd' stands for in I'd, he'd and we'd and the pronunciation and grammar, and their homophone partners.

Contractions & homophones with 'd
01:59

Learn the contracted forms, pronunciation and grammar of I'll, he'll, we'll, you'll and their homophone partners.

Contractions with 'will'
05:52

Learn how to use who's and whose correctly, and also discover how 'whose' is used in relative clauses and indirect questions.

who's or whose
08:01

Use your knowledge of contractions, and rules to help you choose the correct spelling.

who's or whose exercise
12 questions

Learn all about one of the hardest punctuation marks to use correctly - the apostrophe for possession. Discover how to use it for singular, plural, and joint owners. 

Apostrophes for possession video
10:56

You're going to revise & consolidate the apostrophe lessons by looking at photos and pictures from the Internet, shops and websites to see if they've used them correctly or not. 

Apostrophes revision video
07:07

Learn all about one-word indefinite pronouns: someone, nobody, anybody, everyone, everything and how to use them with apostrophes for contractions and possession. These common pronouns are used to refer to people, places and things in a general way and are very useful to know and spell. 

Apostrophes & indefinite pronouns video
07:40

Learn how to use until and till and the history behind these words, and why we don't need an apostrophe in 'til or 'till or to use these words.

until vs. till
02:23
+ Building Words with Hyphens
5 lectures 29:19

You're going to learn all about hyphens, and how they "glue" words together to make new words (brother-in-law, ex-wife, good-looking, state-of-the-art, wheeler-dealer, short-sighted) They can also change the meaning of a sentence if placed incorrectly.
  
Hyphen usage is complicated because it’s forever changing, so we'll explore the evolution of hyphens, and explain why we sometimes have more than one way of spelling some words, for example. email or e-mail, southeast, south east or south-east. 


Introducing hyphens & compound words video
06:49

Learn how we can make compound adjectives with numbers to describe nouns and ages, e.g., a two-mile walk, a 24-hour delay, a 36-year-old policewoman, a ten-year-old dog.

Hyphens: numbers & compound adjectives video
06:13

Learn all about how we use compound adjectives with hyphens in words like old-fashioned, good-looking, well-known, with revision of numbers & compound adjectives.

Hyphens and adjectives video
04:34

We're looking at some key prefixes and hyphens. Remember prefixes are little words, or a letter, we put at the beginning of words to change the meaning. Sometimes we add hyphens with prefixes sometimes not. You'll learn, and revise, when to put hyphens with proper nouns, with ex- and self-, and with single letter prefixes (T-shirt, A-list...). 

Hyphens and prefixes video
07:38

We’re looking at some useful hyphenated words: no-no, no-nonsense, no-brainer, no-man's-land, head-to-head, head-on, itty-bitty, itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny and how to use them in sentences.

Useful, fun hyphenated words video
04:05
+ Punctuating & writing numbers, dates, & times
4 lectures 21:56

Revise punctuating numbers with hyphens and apostrophes, and learn about punctuating other numbers and ranges with commas, dots and dashes.

Punctuating & writing numbers video
04:01

Learn all about ordinal numbers - first, second, third, fourth, and why we write them like this: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th... You'll also discover spelling rules, and using them in compound words.

Writing ordinal numbers video
07:04

Use your knowledge of ordinal numbers, and what looks right to help you choose the correct spelling.

ordinal numbers exercise
15 questions
Punctuating time video
04:56
Punctuating & writing dates video
05:55