English Grammar Refresher

Speak More Like a Native English Speaker Using Verb Tenses
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  • Lectures 24
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 2/2016 English

Course Description

**Updated with more quizzes and complementary materials**

This is a review course for people who struggle with English grammar. Surprisingly, many English learners make the most basic grammar mistakes repeatedly. Is this you? Then this is your course! The goal of this course is to give you little tricks or hints to help remember verb structure (for example, when to use helping verb "do" or "be") and give examples to compare tenses so that you know when to choose one tense over another (a classic example of this is the past simple versus present perfect). You don't have to be confused anymore. This course is your first step to sounding more like a native English speaker with tenses. I tell you the common ways to use the tenses and each lecture includes a quiz to confirm your knowledge. We start with the most commonly used verb tenses and then move on to less frequently used tenses. By the end of the course, you'll know the subtle differences between the English verb tenses and how to use them confidently in conversation. If you're already very good at grammar, then I'm afraid this course isn't for you. 

What are the requirements?

  • Students should already have completed elementary or beginner-level English and some intermediate-level English.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 2 hours of lectures + Quizzes
  • Spot the structural differences between the English tenses
  • Know the different ways the English tenses are used in conversation
  • Use verb tenses like a native English speaker

What is the target audience?

  • This English course is best suited for students who know some English (pre-intermediate or above). Students who have already learned some English grammar will benefit from a quick and comprehensive review of English tenses. This course is not designed for complete beginners. This comprehensive course covers the general guidelines for English tenses. In the course, we do not address exceptions to these rules.

What you get with this course?

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Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction to the Course
01:41

Introduction to the course: English Grammar Refresher

Section 2: Basic Verb Tenses
05:06

Here, we cover the Present Continuous and talk about what's happening now.

Quiz 1: Present Continuous
8 questions
14:48

In this lecture, we'll talk about the Present Simple and Present Continuous. We'll discuss their form, use, and relationship.

Quiz 2: Present Simple and Present Continuous
15 questions
Article

Modern Family is an American mockumentary sitcom. In this video clip, you'll see the Present Simple used in question form.

Section 3: The Four Main Future Forms
05:48
In this lecture, we'll talk about the Present Simple and Present Continuous - but this time we're talking about the future! We'll discuss their form, use, and relationship.
Quiz 3: Present Simple and Present Continuous -- in the future
5 questions
Article

"Friends" is one of the most popular American sitcoms. It lasted 10 seasons! In this video clip, you'll see the Present Continuous used to talk about now and to the talk about the future.

16:40

In this lecture, we'll talk about other ways to discuss the future - "will" and "going to." We'll discuss their form, use, and relationship. We'll also compare them to the Present Simple and Present Continuous in the future.

Quiz 4: More Ways to Talk About the Future -- "Will" & "Going To"
12 questions
Section 4: The Many Tenses to Speak About the Past
08:41
In this lecture, we'll talk about the Past Simple, its form and uses.
Quiz 5: The Past Simple
7 questions
11:55
In this lecture, we'll talk about the Past Simple and Present Perfect tenses. There are two of the most confusing tenses in English. We'll discuss their form, use, and relationship.
Quiz 6: Present Perfect & Past Simple
14 questions
09:29
In this lecture, we'll talk about other ways to talk about the past - "would" and "used." We'll discuss their form, use, and relationship. We'll also compare them to the Past Simple.
Quiz 7: Other Ways to Talk About the Past: "Would" & "Used To"
14 questions
Article

This is an interview with Jake Gyllenhaal, an American actor. He played an Everest climber in the movie "Everest." In this video, he uses "would" to describe what he and the cast and crew did routinely while filming the movie.

08:52
In this lecture, we'll talk about the Past Continuous and Past Simple. We'll discuss their form, use, and relationship.
Quiz 8: Past Continuous & Past Simple
12 questions
11:23
In this lecture, we'll talk about the Present Perfect Simple and Present Perfect Continuous tenses. We'll discuss their form, use, and relationship.
Quiz 9: Present Perfect Continuous & Present Perfect Simple
9 questions
11:16
In this lecture, we'll talk about the Past Perfect and Past Simple. We'll discuss their form, use, and relationship.

The Past Perfect isn't often used in conversation, but it's important to know when you should use it and what it means.

Quiz 10: Past Perfect & Past Simple
12 questions
Article

The Past Perfect is used more often in writing than when speaking. In this article about the famous singer Adele, you'll see the Past Perfect in use.

07:01
In this lecture, we'll talk about the Past Perfect Continuous and compare it to the Past Perfect.
Quiz 11: Past Perfect Continuous
5 questions
Section 5: More About the Future with "Will"
Part 12.1: Introduction to the Future Perfect, Continuous, & Perfect Continuous
02:43
Part 12.2: Future Perfect
02:47
Part 12.2: Future Continuous
03:31
Part 12.4: Future Perfect Continuous
03:37
Scene from Friends: The One Where No One's Ready - Chandler & Joey
Article
Scene from Friends: The One Where No One's Ready - Monica & Phoebe
Article
Future Perfect, Future Continuous, Future Perfect Continuous
8 questions
Section 6: Thank You!
Thanks for joining me!
00:40
Article

This is a really fun clip from the popular show, Big Bang Theory, about grammar. I recommend watching with close captions (subtitles) so that you can see how the 'perfect' tenses is used. Language is based on a structure which we all can understand. It makes so much sense!

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Instructor Biography

Efi Carde, CELTA-certified English Teacher at Elegant English

Efi has been teaching English as a foreign language to young adults and professionals since 2010. In 2015, she started teaching online over Skype. Efi started Learn Elegant English that same year to reach out to more students around the global. Over the years, she's learned a lot from her students about the difficulties they have learning English. She has perfected the best ways to explain the most challenging aspects of the English language.

"I've been so lucky to work with so many amazing individuals over the years, and now I want to show you the beauty of the English language and make learning it as effortless as possible." - Efi


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