This class provides students an intensive review of modern English grammar, sentence errors, style, punctuation and how these concepts apply to current practices in technical writing. We will study the parts of speech; common sentence-level errors, such as fragments, comma splices, and misplaced modifiers; and style issues, such as parallelism, passive voice, and wordiness; and punctuation, such as commas, colons, and semicolons.
Please note - this is not an introductory course in grammar. In order to be successful, you should have English proficiency (TOEFL 550 or 80 IBT, IELTS 6.5) as stated in the admissions requirements for UCSC Extension International Programs. This course is rigorously graded for certificate students, so those studying for self-improvement might find it unsuitable.
For Online Sections of this course: Online courses are largely self-study with instructor support through threaded discussion groups, email and sometimes scheduled online chats. Some instructors may allow students to pace themselves following the published syllabus, enabling them to accelerate through the material and finish early. However, all students must complete and submit all assignments by the schedule end date. Grades are issued for the entire class approximately two weeks after the scheduled end date.