It is important that you are able to express yourself using appropriate and correct language. This is particularly true for the formal written English style required for academic writing. Poor grammar, spelling and punctuation in assignments can result in lost marks.
The tutorials below are provided by BBC Skillswise English to Adults. Once you have completed the BBC tutorials, click on the orange Assessment link to complete a Moodle quiz which tests your knowledge of the topics you have just covered. Once you click on the link, login to Moodle and click Enrol me – then locate and complete the relevant quiz. Once you have successfully passed the quiz, you will be awarded a digital badge within Moodle as evidence that you have completed the tutorial.
Find out how to use capitals, commas, exclamation marks apostrophes and other functions that help your sentences make sense.
As well reading text it is important to be able to understand and evaluate the information given.
Grammar refers to sentence structure, and includes the use of verbs and tenses. Learning the rules of grammar will enable you to construct correct, clear sentences.
Use the tutorial below to examine common errors and strategies to overcome them.
BBC Bitesize also has alternative tutorials on Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar.
Other Sources Of Help
The study skills booklet Writing: the basics [PDF] may be useful for you.
The Library also stocks books on English Grammar such as the following titles:
By Christine Sinclair
By Richard Falmer
By Raymond Murphy
By Graham King