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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.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Lama 118 (Library)
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm


Workshop Content and Links

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

Verb Tense Consistency
Subject-Verb Agreement

Pronoun-Antecedent Argument
Unclear Pronoun Reference

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

Faulty Parallelism

Worksheet: Could You Pass Grammar Test 88K pdf.


Cool Tools
Online Rules, Videos, PowerPoints, Interactive Quizzes

Online Handbooks and Rules
Get good explanations of grammar, punctuation, and mechanics rules
pencil The Grammarly Handbook
-- https://www.grammarly.com/handbook/

Purdue OWL General Writing Resources
-- https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/1/

pencil University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Center for Writing /Studies Grammar Handbook
-- http://www.cws.illinois.edu/workshop/writers/
pencil GrammarBook.com Free Online Usage Rules
-- http://www.grammarbook.com/


apple Videos apple PowerPoints apple Interactive Exercises

Smrt English: Academic Writing Videos

Search for "Smrt Academic YouTube"

These are some of the best videos for college

Grammar Bytes PowerPoints
Grammar Bytes Interactive Quizzes

Smrt English Videos

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

Purdue OWL Grammar PowerPoints on Sentence Clarity


UsingEnglish.com English Language Tests


Grammar Bytes Videos at YouTube
Guide to Grammar and Writing PowerPoints
Guide to Grammar & Writing Interactive Quizzes


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Khan Academy Grammar

You can videos and take practice quizzes on many grammar and punctuation topics. It's a great self-study site.


TED-Ed Grammar Lessons

Look at grammar videos created by educators



Improve your vocabulary. It's free and uses games to help you learn new words at your own pace.



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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


Schoolhouse Rock GRAMMAR

These are fun ways to learn some grammar and punctuation.


Free Rice

Using your grammar and vocabulary knowledge for a good cause. 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:

Could You Pass Grammar Test 88K pdf.

GrammarSentences 32K pdf.

GrammarWebsitesHandout 120K pdf.


Gail Harada's Webpage

Other Resources

Library Guide for Grammar

Library Thing Grammar Link

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