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AboutWelcomes the learner to the 'Language Construction Company' and explains how the series works. The various language tools and parts of speech will be compared with objects and activities found on a construction site. Those visual examples will help the student to remember the concepts as they are presented.
This is a compilation item which contains other items. Licensing this one item causes all of the following items to be licensed.01 Parts of Speech: Taking InventoryNames and defines all the parts of speech and likens them to objects and activities found around the constructioin site. For example, prepositions are 'fasteners' that connect something to something else. DVD style course with completion certificate only02 Simple Sentence: Basic ConstructionIntroduces the concepts of simple and complete subjects and predicates are presented, with a basic introduction to subject and predicate modifiers. The simple sentence is compared with a simple room in a house or building. DVD style course with completion certificate only03 Nouns: Building BlocksCovers the formation of plural and possessive forms of nouns as well as some exceptions to the usual rules that can cause people to make mistakes. DVD style course with completion certificate only04 Personal Pronouns: Substitute MaterialsContinues with the 'building blocks' analogy. The lesson emphasizes how the pronoun used must match the noun it replaces in number and gender. Possessive pronouns are aslo covered. DVD style course with completion certificate only05 More Pronouns: More Substitute MaterialsCovers demonstrative, indefinite, interrogative and relative pronouns. The lesson includes the proper uses of the pronouns 'who' and 'whom' and other issues of agreement with noun referents. DVD style course with completion certificate only06 Verbs: Being and DoingBegins by defining verbs as words which describe 'being and doing.' Verbs are compared to the people and machines on the construction site. DVD style course with completion certificate only07 Verb Tenses: Time MattersExplains the purpose of verb tenses. Then it covers the six basic and six progressive tenses. The program begins 'simple tenses' (past, present, and future) and continues with explanations of the others. It includes proper use of 'shall' and 'will' and emphatic verbs. DVD style course with completion certificate only08 Verb Mood and Voice, and Some Problem VerbsContinues the study of verbs with uses of the active and passive voice and the imperative and subjunctive moods. Some tricky irregular verbs are also covered, as is the preference for the active voice in certain kinds of writing. DVD style course with completion certificate only09 Adjectives and Adverbs: Trim and DecorationCovers the basics on adjectives and adverbs, showing examples and using construction metaphors as visual anchoring. DVD style course with completion certificate only10 Clauses and Phrases: The Parts Make the WholeCovers the basic rules and traditions regarding clauses and phrases. The parts of a sentence combine to make the whole like the parts of a building or house. The unit covers dependent and independent clauses, the difference between a clause and a phrase, and various types of phrases. Problems such a... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only11 Capitalization and Punctuation: Space DividersCovers rules regarding English capitalization and punctuation. It includes Capitalization of proper nouns, as well as the use of the period, exclamation point, question mark, comma, semicolon and colon. DVD style course with completion certificate only12 Compound Sentences: Complex ConstructionDiscusses dependent and independent clauses as they relate to the construction of complicated sentences and the concept of coordinate conjuctions. The lesson compares the simple clause to a one-room schoolhouse and a very complicated sentence to a multi-wing, multi-purpose building. DVD style course with completion certificate only13 Paragraph Organization and Style: The Designer TouchMoves beyond rules of basic grammar and construction and into the area of organization and writing style. Designed for students who have already mastered the content of the earlier lessons to help them organize written assignments. DVD style course with completion certificate only14 Underlining, Italics, Hyphenation, Quotations: Tricks of the TradePursues the proper presentation of written assignments further. It also covers use of parentheses and brackets and the proper punctuation of personal and business titles and academic degrees. DVD style course with completion certificate only15 Building a Term Paper: The Master PlanCovers how to organize and classify notes and various ways to roganize a paper or report. Examples of reports organized by chronology and topic are shown, and writing commentaries, problem-solving reports and scientific experiments are covered. The lesson ends with the importance of following instru... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only