English Grammar - a quick overview
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A quick overview
3.9 (30 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
2,000 students enrolled
Last updated 8/2017
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  • 37 mins on-demand video
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What Will I Learn?
  • identify the importance of correct grammar in communicating in English and understand some of the basic elements of English sentence construction.
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This course will give you a quick overview of some elements of English grammar -- something that is vitally important in today's world, where are are more and more interconnected by the written word! 

Grammar lays the groundwork for effective communication.  Just as an improperly configured telephone connection can cause static during a phone conversation, improper grammar can likewise affect the meaning and clarity of an intended message.

For example, you need to know the difference between : 

  • "Let's eat grandpa!" 


  • "Let's eat, Grandpa."

In one, you're inviting your grandfather to a meal; in the other, you're prompting an act of cannibalism! 

Good grammar saves lives! 

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants a brief overview of the elements of English grammar and syntax.
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Curriculum For This Course
5 Lectures 36:44

What are the parts of speech?

To sentence or not to sentence

The Comma Rules!

About the Instructor
Prof. Michael McIntyre
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I have taught writing, research, literature, mythology and such topics at the college level since about 1999. In my on-ground teaching, I attempt to make my classes interactive, stimulating, and even a little bit "fun."

Who I am ... Or, as Popeye says,

“Who I yam.")

My name is Michael McIntyre. I'll be your instructor in this course, and as we'll be spending a lot of time together over the several weeks, I thought it'd be nice if we got to know each other.

First, of course, I teach subjects in the area of "English," which includes

· Composition, advanced composition, creative writing, and professional writing;

· Literature, humanities, mythology;

· Research, research writing and methodologies;

· Critical thinking, student study and “success" skills.

· Philosophy

· Doctoral student mentoring

I hold a doctorate at the University of Southern California, a master's degree from California State University at San Francisco, and a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley. And as a living role model for life-long learning, I am continuing my education in the graduate Department of Linguistics at Cal State University, Northridge.

Teaching isn't the only thing I do with my life. Many years ago, I had a dream of writing the Great American Screenplay and in fact wrote several in that attempt (the titles of none of which would you recognize) and some other things, including a novel.

For several years, I ran my own business -- a property management and maintenance company in Southern California. The funny thing about that is, as much trouble as I had running the business, I discovered I was real good at teaching other people how to do their jobs.

When I realized that, I started transitioning (I think that's what they call it these days) into my teaching career, which resulted in my earning my doctorate, during the course of which I studied efforts to revive and maintain endangered languages through education, with an emphasis on Scottish Gaelic. (NB: There are about 6,000 languages in the world today; within this century, it is expected that half of those will have died, which would constitute, in the minds of linguists, cultural anthropologists, among many others, a great loss in human cultural treasure). In 2009 I experienced the honor and pleasure of seeing my dissertation (in slightly altered form) being published by an Academic Publisher.

And like most people, I have a life outside of work. I enjoy spending time with my family – I'm married with three children, no pets -- reading on all different subjects, going to movies, and -- as strange as this might sound – until a couple years ago until my knees gave out on me and my work schedule forbade, I was "into" wrestling (the real thing -- as in high school, college, or Olympic-style – not the fake stuff you see on TV – though nowadays, it is all I can do to wrestle myself to the exercise machine in the backyard.)

My idea of fun: I'm a bit of a nut about all things Scottish. In fact, a favorite memory of mine is visiting the "Highland Games" at Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina. The Highland Games is where people engage in all sorts of things Scottish -- highland dancing, to bagpiping, tossing the caber.

For the past couple summers, I've dragged my wife and however many of my kids I could corral to Scotland.

A couple summers ago I spent a week at the Gaelic college on the Isle of Skye trying to follow academic presentations in Gaelic and English on the preservation efforts being put forth on behalf of the Gaelic language; after that, we trooped around to various castles and historic battlefields and stood in the ancient magic circle of the Standing Stones of Callanish. (You can do searches on the Internet for all of these.)

I also managed to get out to the city of Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis where I heard (big thrill!) Gaelic (which I had known only in private and academic contexts) being spoken in the streets! If you've never heard Gaelic (and odds are that you haven't), you can search for examples on such sites as Youtube. If you're interested, a few possible search terms --

from "Brave" -- Noble Maiden Fair (A Mhaighdean Bhan Uasal):

Julie Fowles -- "Hug a bhonaid mhoir" (Celebrate the great bonnet!)

Julie Fowles - "Tha mo ghaol air aird a' chuan" (My love is on the high seas):

Well, in the famous words of Popeye the Sailor.

“I yam what I yam. And that's all that I yam."

Below you will find my C.V.

Teaching Experience:

June 2007 –present - Faculty: Art Institute, San Bernardino

As a faculty member at the San Bernardino campus of the Art Institute, I have taught several courses in various levels of English composition and literature, including

· Transitional English

· College English

· Visual Language and Culture

· Literature

· Myth and Symbols

· Speech

At the Art Institute, I have guided faculty development workshops, have participated actively in persistence and curriculum development committees. Involvement in the study-skills committee involved creating, along with other committee members, an exit exam for transitional and English composition classes.

June 2001 –present - Faculty: University of Phoenix, Southern California Campus

At the University of Phoenix, I had the opportunity to learn the philosophy and techniques around adult/learner-centered education. Most of my students at UOP were working adults from non-traditional educational backgrounds. The techniques employed in classrooms incorporated Socratic methods of instructor/student interaction, student learning team projects and discussions groups, and individual and team presentations; assigned work included individual and learning team projects.

At UOP, I have taught classes in these environments in onground, online and “Flexnet" (combination of online/onground learning) modalities in the following courses:

· Undergrad courses:

o College Composition,

o Advanced composition

o Literature,

o General Studies

o Research Methods

o College Study Skills

· Graduate level courses:

o Philosophy of Knowledge

o Education

o Dissertation preparation

April 2001 –present - Adjunct Professor: Mt. Sierra College, Monrovia, CA –

At Mt. Sierra College, a small technical and media arts college, I encountered a student population which was comprised of many minority and “at-risk" students. The students varied between those who had just left high-school and those who were returning to college to acquire job-related skills (either in present or desired occupations). To serve the needs of these students, I worked with then-Dean Lisa Madrigal to design the remedial English composition class, which sought to inculcate the basics of English grammar to students who had not passed the school's entry writing requirements. I have also taught this class several times. I also designed and taught the school's Introduction to Mythology class, a core requirement of the Media Arts department; the objective of the class was to teach students who aspired to careers in the media how to draw on ancient myths in the creation of contemporary stories.

At Mt. Sierra, I taught in these environments:

· Onground

· Online

In the following courses:

o Remedial English Composition,

o College Composition,

o Advanced Composition,

o Introduction to Literature,

o Introduction to Mythology, and

o College Study Skills

I also designed and wrote the online versions of these classes:

o Remedial English Composition,

o Advanced Composition,

o Introduction to Literature,

o Introduction to Mythology, and

o Critical Thinking

October 2012 - December 2012 - Adjunct Professor - Surry Community College, Dobson, NC

I taught an Online English 111 class. During this class, I employed the Moodle technology.

October 1999 – 2006 - Adjunct Professor -- Devry Institute of Technology, West Hills, CA

At DeVry I received my first experience of intensive college-level instruction, teaching a diverse student body. Classes taught:

· Developmental English Grammar & Composition,

· English Grammar & Composition,

· Advanced Composition,

· College Study Skills

· Critical Thinking,

· Computer Applications (Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint), and

· Grammar and Writing Review for Incoming Students

Doctoral Dissertations Chaired (selected)



Luxenburg, S. C. (2009). The efficacy of studying Spanish to improve the acquisition of English language skills. Dissertation: University of Phoenix.

Madkour, M. (2009). Multiple intelligences and English as a second language: Explorations in language acquisition. Dissertation: University of Phoenix.


Stansfield, Stewart. (2012). REPUTABLE CONDUCT: A QUALITATIVE STUDY OF ETHICAL DRIFTING. Dissertation: University of Phoenix.

Other Teaching Positions

2007 Tutor, Writing Lab,

Rio Hondo Community College

1986-1987 Instructor, Literature & Composition.

Pierce College, Woodland Hills, CA.

1977 – 1979 Instructor, History of Theater

American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Pasadena, CA

1976 Graduate Assistant/Instructor, Literature & Composition,

University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C.


Sounds like a lie but is realy the truth, a novel, published by Reading Girl, 2012.

Duais Iain Mhic Mhurchaidh: The John MacRae award for Gaelic poetry, U.S. National Mòd 2012, for the best original poem.

Presentation at the upcoming Sixth Heritage Language Research Institute at UCLA, June 18-22, 2012.

The Revival of Scottish Gaelic through Education. 2009, Cambria Academic Press.

A' cleachadh a' Ghaidhlig. Attendance at Language conference, Isle of Skye, Scotland, June 2009.

“A Retrospective Survey of the Problems with Berlin and Kay (1969)." California Linguistic Note, Volume XXXIV No. 1. Winter 2009.

“Scottish Gaelic: a case study in heritage language revival."A paper presented November 23, 2008, at WECOL – Western Conference on Linguistics, U.C. Davis.

“'Tha mi sgith de luchd na Beurla': Language shift and the Anglification of Scottish Gaelic as reflected in morphological borrowing from the 19th to the 21st century." A presentation November 2007 to the 12th Annual CSUN Student research and Creative Works Symposium.


Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) – Educational Leadership.

Dissertation research focused on heritage-language/minority language education programs, their rationale and implementation.

Master's., San Francisco State University –

English Literature, Creative Writing.

Bachelor's, University of California at Berkeley –

English literature.

Volunteer Work:

Ass't Wrestling Coach, Spartak Wrestling Club, Los Angeles, CA ('98-'03)

Ass't Wrestling Coach, Bishop Montgomery H.S., Torrance, CA ('96-'98)

Coach, Los Angeles Wrestling Club, ('95-'98).