We have noticed a very marked improvement in the grammar and overall writing ability of the staff who attended these three tutorials, especially their emails. For us, it was worth the time having 17 of our staff attend this series, as managers and supervisors report that they are undertaking much less editing as the writing style is much clearer and more grammatically correct.
Three tutorials especially suitable for staff whose first language is not English.
Simple Sentence Structure
The first workshop tutorial focuses on the rules of English grammar; the second on punctuation; the third on how to structure sentences to make them instantly understandable.
Each workshop tutorial lasts for 3.5 hours and has:
- Up to 20 participants
- Boardroom style or u-shape layout
- Comprehensive workbooks which serve as reference books
- Many practical exercises.
Workshop tutorials may be individually booked, booked as a duo and facilitated on the same day, or booked as a trio and facilitated at times suitable to the client organisation.
Tutorial One: Grammar
- Recognising the three elements which comprise sentences:
• Independent clauses
• Subordinate clauses
- The parts of a sentence
nouns; verbs; adjectives; adverbs; pronouns; articles; conjunctions, prepositions
- The five elements of English grammar
case; number; person; tense; voice
- Sentence structure
subject …verb …object—or— actors and actions
passive sentences – their place in sentence construction
- Verbs as the powerhouse of the sentence
active; passive; the infinite; the gerund
- Getting subjects and verbs to agree
When nouns are replaced by pronouns in the subjective; possessive; objective
- Who and whom
Which one to use – and when
Tutorial Two: Punctuation
- Why punctuate?
Punctuation helps readers understand. Poor punctuation may be misleading. For instance: ‘Let’s eat Mum’.
- The elements of punctuation – what they do and how they may be used
• The colon
• The comma
• The dash
• Full stop
- Some common confusables
Twenty common confusing elements in sentence structure ranging from nouns ending in ce and verbs ending with se to when to use which and when to use that.
Tutorial Three: Writing Clear and Simple Sentences
- The propositional content of sentences
Sentences are written to convey specific thoughts or purposes. This makes each sentence ‘propositional’. The ‘proposition’ shapes the sentence’s content and context. Simply, this means:
• knowing clearly what are you trying to say
• using the appropriate words to say it
• deciding in what order you will write the words (syntax)
- The clause as the basic unit of the sentence
dependent and independent clauses; what they are; how they work, phrases: what is a phrase?
- Building simple sentences
identifying the proposition (the point of the sentence)
starting the sentence with the actor followed by the action
using pronouns for the actor; using verbs in the active voice for the action
- Structuring compound sentences
sentences need to vary in length if the reader is to be engaged. Therefore, not all sentences may be simple.
- Composing more elaborate – yet clear – sentences
- Joining clauses and phrases
• coordinating conjunctions – FANBOYS
• conjunctive adverbs
- Smoothing sentences into complete paragraphs
- Starting paragraphs with a topic sentence
- Summary of the three tutorials
For further details, please contact John