English punctuation made easy
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English punctuation made easy

Punctuation - learn the basics without the pain. People will never laugh at your punctuation again.
4.4 (343 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.
12,935 students enrolled
Last updated 7/2014
English
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Includes:
  • 43 mins on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • To quickly learn the basics of English punctuation, gain confidence and write more clearly.
  • In this course you will earn about the key punctuation marks, with simple strategies to get them right
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Requirements
  • None.
  • You do not require any materials or software. You don't even need to take notes - there are hard copy handouts for each session.
Description

Is YOUR punctuation letting you down? YOUR SURVIVAL GUIDE

Are you sick of people telling you that your writing is like a ten year old's? You know exactly what you are trying to convey, but your punctuation fails you? Does it almost make you feel-afraid when people are about to read what you 've written?

Well, you're not alone, and yet – punctuation is dead easy!

In just thirty minutes TOTAL, I can teach you everything you need to know to punctuate your sentences perfectly.

Marshalling your arguments properly, making you more persuasive and making your work a joy to READ. Never again will people laugh at your punctuation.

In this course - just a few, very brief videos – each one focusing on a single learning-point, you will enjoy being in control of everything you write.

No jargon. No grammar lessons. Just simple A-B-C rules. And, as with all my courses, you get hard-copy notes to download.

In all my courses, I show you how to DRIVE the car, without teaching you how to strip down the engine.

And l try to entertain you along the way.

Book it now! It's fun, it's EASY. It's your Survival Guide.

See you in class!

Who is the target audience?
  • If you already understand punctuation - this course is NOT for you. If you are a punctuation bigot – this course is NOT for you If you just want to relax, never have to worry about it ever again – welcome on board.
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Curriculum For This Course
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ABOUT THIS COURSE
2 Lectures 02:35
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THE COURSE -basic punctuation made easy
9 Lectures 40:29

We learn that punctuation is not the same as grammar - it's much, much simpler. We also learn how important it can be. One man was hanged in London during the first world war, but would have lived if it had not been for a comma.

NB REMEMBER, YOU CAN DOWNLOAD HARD COPY NOTES - JUST USE THE DOWNLOAD BUTTON, TOP RIGHT.

Preview 03:42

We look at the sentence in its most basic form and see how difficult it is to read a passage without stumbling when there is no punctuation. We improve things out of all recognition with just two items of punctuation.

NB REMEMBER EACH 'LECTURE' HAS DOWNLOADABLE NOTES. USE THE DOWNLOAD BUTTON, TOP RIGHT.

The sentence
03:39

We learn about the Interrobang and its resemblace to the SS insignia. We explore the use and abuse of the exclamation mark and the question mark, their role in conveying emotion. We also learn about people who wear cardboard boxes on their feet.

Preview 05:13

We learn the EASY way to apply commas.

REMEMBER, THERE ARE PDF NOTES FOR EACH SESSION. THEY CAN BE DOWNLOADED BY USING THE DOWNLOAD BUTTON, TOP RIGHT.

The comma
05:12

The colon is one of the easiest punctuation marks to use. It acts as ringmaster to the sentence.

The colon and semicolon
03:40

How to use the apostrophe part 1
03:42

We learn about the second use of apostrophes, to denote ownership, and we meet the added complication of more than one 'owner'. Some simple tests help us out.

REMEMBER, THERE ARE PDF NOTES FOR EACH SESSION. THEY CAN BE DOWNLOADED BY USING THE DOWNLOAD BUTTON, TOP RIGHT.

How to use the apostrophe - part 2
06:18

In this session, we learn about speech marks, or quotation marks. Remember, as with all these sessions, there are hard copy notes that you can download and print off.

Speech marks (quotation marks)
07:48

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About the Instructor
Len Smith
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64,916 Students
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Freelance copywriter and communications consultant

For the past 20 odd years Len has run his own business, Copywriting On Demand and manages The-Writers-Guru.

He works from home, writing copy for organisations around the world - and lots of them have become personal friends.

With forty years' experience in marketing, he spent three years in Paris responsible for IBM product marketing in 14 countries across EMEA.

His biggest market is the USA, followed by the UK, the Arab states and the Netherlands. His business comes via the web and his website attracts more than 1,000 visits a day.

Clients are as diverse as Vodafone, The Finance Leasing Association, Lloyds, PricewaterhouseCoopers, the BBC, a number of multinational pharmaceutical companies - even a TV 'Secret Millionaire'.

Married for more than 50 years (a world record?) he has three sons.

He lives in a rambling old vicarage in Yorkshire that has the distinction of having been built by the Brönte sisters’ Uncle Fennel. Charlotte’s earliest recorded letter was written from the vicarage during one of the children’s brief holidays there.

His interests have included competitive rallying (including an attempt at the Monte Carlo Rally and the Paris Marrakesh), and paragliding. These days he is content with art and opera.

Vacation time aside, Len aims to answer student queries within hours.

Sean Kaye
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Wordpress Expert in SEO, Security and Content Marketing

Sean has had a long and rewarding career in the Enterprise Technology world and has built a successful business in coaching, online marketing, SEO, Wordpress security and content marketing. During his career, Sean has been responsible for multi-million dollar businesses with seven figure profit numbers.

From his years of management experience, Sean is an accomplished business strategist but also an excellent communicator who can teach and educate people in complicated topics. His laid back style and dedication to his students' learning, as well as achieving their desired results makes Sean a leader in online education.

Sean originally comes from Toronto, Ontario but is now based in Sydney, Australia.