What is the course about?
The course is about gaining a better understanding of the workings of the English language, the difference between a verb and a noun, a subject and an object, a main clause and a subordinate clause. It will help you with sentence structure and punctuation in your writing, whether that be emails or reports at work or essays at college.
What will we cover?
We will cover world classes (nouns, determiners, adjectives, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, prepositions and conjunctions), clause structure (subjects, objects, complements and adverbials), sentence structure (simple, compound and complex sentences) and punctuation.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
explain essential grammatical terms
analyse the grammar of your own sentences
make informed decisions about punctuation.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You need to be a fluent speaker of English. You don't need to know much about the grammar of the English language.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The tutor will present and explain grammar, encourage questions from students during class discussion and prepare activities for you to do in pairs and small groups. You should be prepared to do spend about an hour each week between sessions on homework.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You are strongly advised to buy a grammar reference book before the course beings. The tutor will recommend The Complete Guide to Grammar by Martin Manser and Rosalind Fergusson.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
When you have completed Brush Up Your Grammar, you can join a Grammar Workshop course to do further analysis of your own grammar, or enrol on one of our general English courses (Functional Skills).
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details