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Improve Your Grammar: Cool Tools But No Magic Pills

Gail Harada will show you Internet sites that have cool tools to study grammar (interactive quizzes and PowerPoint Presentations) as well as sites that have handouts that you can printout for yourselves. You'll get suggestions on strategies to overcome common grammar errors -- no magic pills, just a couple of ways to work smarter.

Thursday, October 15, 2015
Lama 118 (Library)
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Learn from Mistakes
Pay attention to comments on your papers- For instance, if your instructor writes "fragment" on your paper, find out what a fragment is.

Common Errors

Fragments
Verb Tense Consistency
Subject-Verb Agreement
Pronoun-Antecedent Argument
Unclear Pronoun Reference

Mixed Construction
Capitalization
Run-Ons and Comma Splices
Shift in Person
Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers
Usage problems -- Confused Words
Apostrophes

Commas
Faulty Parallelism

Worksheet of Common Errors -- Good Rules, Bad Writing -- Word Document or pdf file

 

Cool Tools
Online Rules, Videos, PowerPoints, Interactive Quizzes

Online Rules
Get good explanations of grammar, punctuation, and mechanics rules
 
pencil Exercise Central Tutorials
-- http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/exercisecentral/Tutorials
 
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Purdue OWL General Writing Resources
-- https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/1/

 
pencil GrammarBook.com Free Online Usage Rules
-- http://www.grammarbook.com/
 

 

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Smrt English: Academic Writing Videos

Search for "Smrt Academic YouTube"

These are some of the best videos for college

Grammar Bytes PowerPoints
http://www.chompchomp.com/
presentations.htm
Grammar Bytes Interactive Quizzes
http://chompchomp.com/
exercises.htm

Smrt English Videos
https://www.youtube.com/
user/smrtenglish/videos

These English videos include many useful lessons for ESL students about verb tenses and common usage problems.

Purdue OWL Grammar PowerPoints
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/
owl/resource/760/1/

See the Purdue OWL Sentence Clarity PowerPoint at
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/
owl/resource/711/1/

Exercise Central
You can take a diagnostic test and follow your own study plan at Exercise Central. You can do a Basic Study Plan, a Comprehensive Study Plan, or an ESL Study Plan. You get free access to tutorials and hundreds of interactive exercises.

To register and use the free website, go to
http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/
exercisecentral/

If you want to see directions on how to register and how the site works, see the YouTube video by a teacher who requiring the site for her students. Do not send your instructor your results unless your instructor wants your results

Grammar Bytes Videos at YouTube
http://www.chompchomp.com/
videos.htm
Guide to Grammar and Writing PowerPoints
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/
grammar/powerpoint.htm
Guide to Grammar & Writing Interactive Quizzes
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/
grammar/quiz_list.htm

 

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Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tricks for Better Writing

If you like to learn grammar in fun small doses and find the answers to common questions such as whether you should use “who” or “that” for animals and people, you can go to the website or to iTunes and download Grammar Girl podcasts
http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com

Free Rice

http://freerice.com/category
Every time you get a correct answer, Free Rice donates 10 grains of rice to the World Food Programme to help end hunger.
Choose the Grammar category to test your grammar knowledge. Choose the Vocabulary category to test your vocabulary knowledge.

pencil Tips on How to Improve Your Writing

  • Know your own common errors
  • Target one kind of error at a time.
  • Practice fixing your errors and revising your sentences.
  • Learn how to combine sentences effectively
  • Don’t give up. It takes a long time to overcome bad habits.
  • Read a lot. Reading good writing helps improve your vocabulary and awareness of the craft of writing.

PDF Handouts:

GrammarSentences

GrammarWebsitesHandout

Email:

Gail Harada's Webpage
http://www2.hawaii.edu/~gharada/

Other Resources

Library Guide for Grammar

Library Thing Grammar Link

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