This practical day school is for you if you are sometimes uncertain about or would like to improve your spelling, grammar or punctuation.
Modern forms of communication often disregard the rules of grammar, punctuation and spelling but the accurate use of language remains key to elegant and effective academic writing. This writing skills workshop will explore the basic rules of punctuation, grammar and spelling and provide opportunities to practise them. Anxiety about spelling and grammar can inhibit your writing, especially your choice of words. This can influence an examiner or employer and it detracts from the general impression of a piece of writing.
During the day, through explanation and exercises we will cover the following areas: identifying the correct use of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, prepositions and conjunctions, the correct use of all punctuation marks, the use of accurate verb tenses, avoiding ambiguity, improving effective sentence construction and developing style in writing.
We will also look at a brief history of English spelling, basic spelling patterns, common spelling problems such as homophones, prefixes/suffixes, double letters, vowel sounds and silent letters. We will examine useful spelling rules, memorizing strategies and techniques for continuing to improve your spelling and confidence with vocabulary over the longer term.
Please note: this event will close to enrolments at 23:59 UTC on 29 November 2023.