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newsletter — May 29, 2019

What our students aren't taught about grammar

Looking beyond correct and incorrect

by Roy Speed

There's more to English grammar than correct or incorrect...For the last half-century or so, English grammar has been taught with a really narrow focus — and that same focus holds sway in virtually every grammar text now in print.

Basically, our students are taught that grammar is all about avoiding error. — In effect, they're being prepared to:

  • avoid mistakes in their written essays and reports;
  • get the right answers on the grammar sections of the PSAT or SAT.

Insofar as our students are being taught this subject, they're being taught from this same narrow perspective.

And yet there's so much more to the subject! — It's no accident, for instance, that in traditional discussions of grammar, there's virtually no discussion of the reader.

How grammar relates to writing

Here's an illustration of the kind of thing our students are not being taught. What follows is a brief excerpt from a recent talk I gave to parents and teachers. This excerpt focuses on one example of how grammatical choices can affect writing. — The pages you'll see are from my own recently published Writer's Guide to Grammar.

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Programs & Materials

Shakespeare Intensives

Instructor: Roy Speed

Romeo & Juliet

Ten online sessions of 90 minutes



Ten online sessions of 90 minutes



Seven online sessions of 90 minutes


Twelfth Night

An introduction to Shakespeare's comedy
Eight online sessions of 90 minutes


English Language Arts

The Writer's Guide
to Grammar

1) Student Workbook
2) Teaching Guide With Answer Key

Author: Roy Speed

Roy Speed's Writer's Guide to Grammar provides complete training in English grammar, usage, and punctuation — but with a twist: Roy emphasizes the topics that students actually need to know. — He also provides real insight on how smart use of grammatical structure and punctuation can aid clarity and impact in writing.


Online Writing

— Now open for registration —

Logical Communication

Two semesters of online classes
Two classes per week

Instructor: Roy Speed


Online Literature

— Returning in 2020-21 —

History & Literature
of the Middle Ages

Two semesters of online instruction


Training for parents

Homeschooling the
College-Bound Student

Now an online series!

Instructor: Diane Speed

This program addresses the principal concerns parents have about homeschooling through high school — curriculum and credits, standardized tests, transcripts and record-keeping, the application process, pursuing scholarships, and more.

Terrific. Full of information. The materials were so thorough. I now have a plan of action. Also, this workshop is inclusive: No matter what type of homeschooler you are, you will understand better how to prepare your student for college and present him or her in the best light.

Mother of two


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