If English is your Second Language; this may be a Course for You!

This course will develop your knowledge of English grammar and your ability to write in English for business and study. The course is aimed at students who can write and speak basic English and wish to strengthen their English language skills, particularly their writing skills. Students will learn by reading the course notes, completing written and spoken exercises for each lesson, and submitting them for comment and correction.

Improve your English Skills before moving on to study something else.



There are 12 lessons in this course:

  1. Parts of speech
  2. Verbs
  3. Parts of a sentence
  4. Building and combining sentences
  5. Vocabulary
    • Related words
    • Word origins
    • Prefixes
    • Suffixes
    • Word combinations
  6. Developing vocabulary
    • Context
    • Formal and informal language
    • Connotative and denotative language
  7. Writing for different purposes Part 1
    • Writing to obtain and clarify information
    • Purpose
    • Your Reader
    • Content
    • Method of Communicating
    • Guidelines for Effective Writing in English
    • Tips for Requesting and Clarifying Information
  8. Writing for different purposes Part 2
  9. Writing for business
    • Writing letters
    • Short reports
    • Submissions
  10. Study skills
    • Understanding concepts
    • Essay structure
    • Addressing all parts of a topic
    • Understanding what is required
    • Referencing
  11. Proof reading and editing
    • Correcting and refining your document
    • Targeting the intended reader
  12. Special project
    • Reading
    • Researching and writing for three different contexts (work, study, business).

Duration: 100 hours


  • Understand the basic rules of grammar
  • Apply rules of grammar to construct correct sentences
  • Identify word parts - word roots, prefixes and suffixes
  • Use word parts to develop vocabulary
  • Name the parts of speech
  • Understand basic principles of correct sentence construction
  • Understand the nature and purpose of a paragraph
  • Identify different kinds of language - formal/informal, direct/indirect
  • Identify appropriate language for different writing contexts
  • Use correct formats for business writing
  • Use correct formats for writing for study
  • Improve pronunciation

You will learn

  •  basic principles and terms of English grammar
  •  what are the parts of speech in English, and the forms in which they can be used
  •  how to correctly use parts of speech, including as adverbs and pronouns
  •  what are the basic building blocks of English sentences
  •  how to construct correct sentences
  •  how to vary sentence structure
  •  what is a paragraph, and how to construct one
  •  common work roots and how they are used to create different English words
  •  the role and meanings of suffixes and prefixes
  •  when and how to use direct (denotative) and indirect (connotative) language in business or study
  •  how to write correctly for different purposes
  •  correct business writing
  •  how to respond appropriately to different study tasks
  •  different writing formats for workplace and study
  •  how and why to reference
  •  how to edit a piece of writing to improve its organisation and readability
  •  how to proof read a piece of writing to eliminate errors
  •  what to consider when planning a piece of writing.

The English language is complex and varied having evolved from several languages (Latin, French, and Anglo-Saxon) over the centuries. In order to become proficient in the English language it is important to consider the range of differences between English and the collection of languages around the world. Sentence structure is often varied between different languages and when making a direct translation it may not make sense.

Students often make these simple mistakes and it can be difficult to convert if one has been speaking their native tongue all their lives. It is important when learning or developing your skills in a second language not to translate each word or sentence from your native tongue to the language you are learning. In time one will become familiar enough with the new language to automatically recognise the foreign language from a new vocabulary. Also worth noting is the differences within a language. This may be referred to as a ‘dialect.’ This is a form of language spoken in a particular area generally distinguished by its vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation. In addition to this you have ‘colloquialism’ or ‘slang’. These are informal words generally used in speech and restricted to a social of cultural group from a particular area. A typical Australian slang term would be ‘fair dinkum’ which is used in a number of ways but generally means ‘it’s true’.

In learning the parts of speech and the general rules in applying these parts of speech one can eventually master the English language.



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