Get a Grasp on Grammar - Level Two
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Get a Grasp on Grammar - Level Two

How to write more effectively and improve your communication skills.
4.6 (4 ratings)
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Created by Karen Crowell
Last updated 4/2016
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Identify different types of verbs, prepositions, infinitives, participles, gerunds, clauses, appositives, direct and indirect objects, predicate nominatives, and predicate adjectives
  • Know the proper function and placement of the above elements in a sentence and incorporate each into your daily writing
  • Write with a polished and improved style and quality of writing, whether it is a student/business report, letter, short story, or novel
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  • Students should speak some English and know definitions of basic English words.
  • Students should have an understanding of the basic parts of a sentence and how they function or have taken and successfully completed Get a Grasp on Grammar Level One.
  • Students should have a way to print out exercise sheets and be prepared to write and complete exercises. Writing can be done in a word processor, notebook, or on printouts.

The Get a Grasp on Grammar series will sharpen your ability to communicate well through the written word. This one skill can make the difference that opens the doors to your success. Whether you are a student trying to achieve great grades, a business person working towards advancement, an author preparing a manuscript, a homemaker running a home, or you are learning English as a second language, it is imperative to get your message across in a clear, concise, and enjoyable manner.

One of the most common reasons for mistakes and disagreements stems from misunderstanding or misinterpreting something that was read. Therefore, learning how to put your thoughts down on paper in a way that takes away the guesswork for the reader will not only help you achieve your goals, it will also make your environment and relationships more harmonious.

Get a Grasp on Grammar - Level Two will provide you with an understanding of intermediate grammar elements and exercises to practice the principles in your own writing. To help you, each lesson includes an in-depth study of a grammar element and its proper function and placement in a sentence. In this level, we will be learning about the following elements:

  • Five Verb Properties - active/passive voice, mood, tense, person, and number
  • Transitive/Intransitive Verbs
  • Infinitives
  • Gerunds
  • Participles and Participial Phrases
  • Conjugation of Verbs
  • Auxiliary Verbs
  • Verb Forms of "to be"
  • Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases
  • Appositives

Each lesson has a short video presentation of the concept. Then the real fun begins with the various writing exercises. There is a comment section in the course for you to leave questions and have discussions throughout the course. I will also be adding more exercises periodically to give you great practice and reinforce what you learn.

My goal is to help you become a better writer, so if you have a question that was not covered in a lecture and would be best answered visually, I will even add additional lectures to enhance your learning.

This course will lay the groundwork for the advanced elements of English grammar that will be addressed in level three. As you progress, you will also learn key self-editing techniques to apply to your work. This will help enhance your business performance, improve grades, save time, and even save you money should you ever need to hire an editor.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course will benefit authors, college and high school students, and business personnel looking to improve their writing skills.
  • This course is a great remedial resource and works well for tutoring and ESL students.
  • This course is not intended to teach students how to speak English. However, if you speak some English, it will help you properly structure what you say.
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Curriculum For This Course
14 Lectures
1 Lecture 05:10

In this lecture, you will get an overview of how this course is set up; the best way to work through the course; where to find the exercises; where to post questions; and how to be successful in this course. You will find a copy of Xandria Drake - Chapter Two in the resource area. Be sure to print it out in order to apply what you learn throughout the course.

Although actual video time is manageable to do in one day, properly doing the exercises will take some time. To get the most out of this course, you may want to concentrate on only one or two lectures per day to allow adequate time to do the exercises and practice what you are learning. Most of all, relax and enjoy the process of improving your writing.

Preview 05:10
0 Lectures 00:00

This assessment will show you where you are proficient and where you have gaps. Each lecture has exercises. I recommend doing all exercises throughout the course, but you will want to pay particular attention to the lectures for the items you miss on the assessment. If, after taking the lecture and doing the exercises, you feel you need additional help, do not hesitate to contact me. I am happy to give additional support. My goal is to help you become a proficient writer.

Pre-Assessment Quiz
12 questions
Properties of Verbs
4 Lectures 22:00

In this lecture, you will learn about the verb property - voice and the difference between active and passive voice as well as when to use each voice. You will also see how easy it is to change from passive to active voice, which will make your writing more enjoyable to read. You will find exercises in the resource area to support your understanding.

Active and Passive Voice

Active and Passive Voice Quiz
5 questions

In this lecture, you will learn the main mood types; how to recognize them; how they function; and how to form each one. Once you understand moods, you will find it easier to write in a smooth style that flows sensibly from one sentence to the next.

Preview 05:00

Mood Quiz
5 questions

In this lecture, you will learn the various tenses; how they relate to nouns; and how to form each. This is a great lecture to study the printout chapter from Xandria Drake. You can read through the chapter and pay close attention to how the tenses change from event to event. If there is a particular tense you struggle with, be sure to mark it as you find examples in the chapter. Do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions.


Tense Quiz
5 questions

In this lecture, you will learn the three types of person properties and how to match person and number to nouns. It is key that you understand the noun properties as well as verb properties. When you get to the lecture on conjugation, you will have to understand how they relate. If you took Level One, you may want to go back and review the lectures on noun properties as well.

Person and Number

Person and Number Quiz
5 questions
Transitive and Intransitive Verbs
1 Lecture 03:25

In this lecture, you will learn the difference between transitive and intransitive verbs and when to use each type. This lecture is the starting point to putting everything together from Level One and what you have learned so far.

Transitive and Intransitive Verbs

Transitive Intransitive Quiz
5 questions
2 Lectures 12:39

In this lecture, we will look at how to form participles and participial phrases and when to use them.


Infinitives Quiz
5 questions

In this lecture, you will learn the difference between participles and gerunds and their functions.

Participles and Gerunds

Participles and Gerunds Quiz
5 questions
Conjugation of Verbs
1 Lecture 06:45

In this lecture, you will learn how to conjugate regular and irregular verbs and the different conjugated forms of the verb to be.

Conjugation of Verbs and "to be"

Conjugation of Verbs Quiz
5 questions
Auxiliary Verbs
1 Lecture 05:26

In this lecture, you will learn about a specific group of irregular verbs called auxiliary or helping verbs.

Auxiliary Verbs

Auxiliary Verbs Quiz
5 questions
2 Lectures 09:09

In this lecture, you will learn how to recognize when a word is functioning as a preposition or some other part of speech. You will also learn when to use prepositions and proper placement.


In this lecture, you will learn how to recognize prepositional phrases, You will also learn how to make your writing easier to read and more enjoyable by reducing the number of prepositions and prepositional phrases.

Prepositional Phrases

Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases Quiz
5 questions
1 Lecture 03:20

In this lecture, you will learn the two types of appositives; how to properly use them; and when to offset with commas.


Appositives Quiz
5 questions
Final Exam
0 Lectures 00:00
Final Exam
15 questions
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About the Instructor
Karen Crowell
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Karen Crowell has 35 years of teaching experience in the public, private, and college sectors. She is an author, editor, publisher, and owner of Serendipity Digital Media KC. Her main areas of expertise include grammar, writing, music, Microsoft Office certification classes, and life coaching. As a vocalist and writer, she has traveled the United States and Canada as a clinician and conference speaker. Karen loves helping others become successful and is looking forward to helping you.