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— Homeschooling mom from the Midwest
describing two of our online courses

 

ONLINE COURSES IN LANGUAGE & WRITING

The Writer's Guide to Grammar

Our innovative online course on the essentials of clear English

Essentials for writing clear English: grammar, usage, punctuationThis two-semester course is taught by the author of The Writer's Guide to Grammar. It puts in place skills and knowledge foundational to the study of English and the mastery of clear writing. The weekly class is live and online, and students master all the most important principles of the English language — grammar, usage, punctuation, and more.

Roy Speed leads his students through a kind of boot-camp in the fundamentals of clear, correct English — intensive training that relies on his own extraordinary material (see the reviews and preview the content on Amazon).

Most important, Roy Speed teaches grammar principles not for their own sake, but as requisites for important writing tools — as keys to perceiving both:

  • how our language works;
  • View a sample of Mr. Speed's content

    To view a video on his teaching methods, just go here, and to download the corresponding pages from the student workbook, please click here.

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    All students will need:

    What students are saying

    Thank you so much for this course. I really loved it.

    This is the best grammar book I've ever used.

  • what makes writing effective.

The course enables students to:

  • master the most important points of English grammar and usage;
  • perceive with little effort both the structure of a sentence and how proper punctuation can enhance that structure;
  • employ with dictionary-precision a rich arsenal of English words.

Sample of Mr. Speed's methods

The video below illustrates Mr. Speed's teaching methods and approach to English grammar:

 

Now open for registration


2020 – 2021
TWO-SEMESTER ONLINE COURSE
One 90-minute class per week,
beginning September 1:
Tuesdays 2:30 – 4:00 pm EST
To register a student, click here:
Register for Novels by Women, 2016-17
Instructor: Roy Speed
To contact the instructor, click here.
Fee for entire year: $ 598.
Please note: At registration, you will pay
the fee for the fall semester ($ 299); for the
winter-spring semester we will invoice you,
with payment due by September 1, 2020.

First Amazon review!

Five stars!  Rosemary Laberee

Five stars!  This book has it all. Home run!
May 18, 2019
Format: Paperback

Outstanding in every realm, this book has it all — mechanics, organization, conventions, sentence fluency and all essential grammar. The Writer's Guide to Grammar offers the most succinct, easy-to-remember explanations for all the glitchy grammar issues while striking a perfect balance between definitions and practice. And there are clever illustrations!

It was written with students in mind. There is a Teacher's Guide (superb) and a Student Workbook. I've tutored writing to middle school and high school students for the past 15 years, so I was eager to find a fresh approach to showing the way through the grammar jungle. Home run — THIS book is it. I've already recommended it to several families and have adopted it as the backbone for my tutoring. Bottom line — it takes all of the mystery out of applying the rules without ever getting dull.

But it is not just for students. This book should be the go-to for writers of every kind. Students, parents, teachers, employees and employers — The Writer's Guide to Grammar will make you a better and more accurate communicator.


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