Executive and Professional Development

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Grammar and Punctuation Boot Camp

Commas, semi-colons, split infinitives, and typos. Atten-hut! Grammatical and punctuation errors call into question your ability and your organization's credibility. Getting it right builds confidence – for you and your reader. Grammar and Punctuation Boot Camp will help you understand modern English usage. The course also explores the difference between American and British usage and what is accepted as the gold standard in Canada. Tips and techniques are covered to enhance your use and understanding of the rules of grammar and punctuation. Participants are encouraged to bring their grammar and punctuation gripes and peeves to class.

The first day of the course will delve into common grammar problems and questions including the use of hyphens, dashes, and the controversial Oxford comma. Participants will complete writing exercises individually, then the answers will be discussed as a group. On day two, participants will test their grammar knowledge and see if they can spot any grammatical errors. There will also be a friendly competition to end the day.

Grammar and Punctuation Boot Camp is an elective seminar for the Certificate in Business Communications.

Completion of this seminar as part of the Certificate in Business Communications entitles you to register for Individual Writing Analysis.


DATES - 2 Day Seminar

October 22 - 23, 2018

March 13 - 14, 2019

June 17 - 18, 2019

 

COURSE INFORMATION
Fee:
 $765
Facilitator: donalee Moulton, BA
Location: Saint Mary’s University at 1800 Argyle Street 8th Floor Halifax NS

 

Program Content

Grammar

  • Common mistakes
  • Tips for remembering what's right and what's not
  • Pronoun use
  • Plurals and possessives
  • Subject/verb agreement

Is this correct: I believe in the power of you and I?

Style versus Usage

  • What is grammatically correct?
  • Acceptable workplace usage
  • Current trends in organizational and email writing

Can you start a sentence with “And”?

Punctuation

  • The dreaded comma
  • Using the semi-colon, colon, and dash
  • Hyphen hype
  • Acceptable usage
  • Readers' expectations
  • Using the US or UK model

Should you put a comma before “and” in a list?

Finding the Right Word

  • Commonly misused words
  • The process by which word definitions change
  • How this affects their use, or effects it?

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What You Will Learn

  • Common grammatical mistakes and how to avoid them
  • Accurate use of punctuation
  • Style versus rules
  • Why readers really care about spelling, quotation marks, and misplaced modifiers

Who Should Attend?

You will benefit from this seminar if you:

  • writing is significant part of your job
  • you routinely distribute and/or send information internally or externally
  • you want to enhance your reputation for professionalism and accuracy