Intermediate Course (12 yrs and up), $335, 14 week course (includes private tutorial time) – Prerequisite: Advanced Grammar Placement Assessment (supplied by the program manager)

[Upon registration, the program manager will send you the placement assessment for completion. If the student struggles with a significant portion of these concepts, we will advise taking Foundational Grammar first or completing additional grammar study in their home program.]

This course is a bridge between Foundational Grammar and Intro to High School Writing, for students who are familiar with grammar basics but not quite ready for high school essays. It focuses on the more complex rules of grammar, covering clauses, phrases, and sentence structure and includes an introduction to the world of paragraph writing. Students will develop strong writing basics that will help them when they enter the high school stage of composition. This course does build upon the concepts of WISDOM's Foundational Grammar course, but it is not essential that Foundational Grammar is taken first if students already have a sufficient grasp of the basic parts of speech and their usage.

To ensure that each student understands the course as it progresses, student and tutor will have a private 15 minute tutorial once a week to review assignments together and clear up any questions the student might have. Each week there is a reading element, a new grammar concept, and a series of exercises and writing components to solidify understanding. A large part of absorbing and understanding grammatical concepts comes from seeing those concepts in action, through reading good literature, and then executing them in one's own writing.

Extra private 30 minute tutorials are available upon request. (Cost: $25/tutorial)
Please contact Nicole Noster to receive more information or to book additional tutorials:

To Buy:

  • The Only Grammar Book You'll Ever Need by Susan Thurman

The course outline covers the following concepts:

  • Review of the 8 Parts of Speech (Nouns, Pronouns, Adjectives, Verbs, Adverbs, Prepositions, Conjunctions, Interjections)
  • Phrases & Clauses
  • Verb Types & Tenses
  • Object Identification & Usage
  • Strong Sentence Structure
  • Paragraph Writing

Sample Lesson:

Week 9: The Paragraph AND Punctuation & Style (Part I)

  • Ending a Sentence, Using Apostrophes, and A Single Paragraph: The Only Grammar Book You'll Ever Need, Read pages 80-82, 86-90, and 147
  • Read: Lesson 9 and On the Sublime by Longinus (excerpt)


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