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Effective Grammar Certificate   

You may register online below, or for further assistance please email or call 253-333-6030.


Whether you're a student or a professional, a career changer or a job seeker, Effective Grammar will equip you to write more effectively from day one.


You'll learn it all—from grammar basics to more advanced concepts like parallelism and agreement to the finer points of capitalization and punctuation. After completing this certificate, you'll be a master of commas, complete sentences, common sense writing, and more.


Put an end to grammar mistakes that detract from your work. The grammar knowledge you'll gain will contribute to whatever kind of writing you produce. Everything you learn will elevate your communication skills and help you present polished, professional writing every time. 



The Effective Grammar Certificate is offered through our partner, Learning Resources Network, Inc. (aka UGotClass). It is composed of the following twelve units:

Parts of Speech

  • Verbs, Nouns, and Pronouns
  • Adjectives and Adverbs
  • Conjunctions, Prepositions, and Interjections

Mixed-up Words

  • Homophones
  • Contractions vs. Possessive Pronouns
  • Other Confusing Words

Contractions and Possessives

  • Common Contractions
  • Regular Possessives
  • Irregular and Unusual Possessives

Subjects and Predicates

  • Getting to Know Subjects and Predicates
  • Predicate Basics:  Action Verbs and Linking Verbs
  • Composed Predicates and Verb Phrases
  • Subject Basics:  Nouns and Pronouns

Sentence Fragments

  • Missing Subject
  • Missing Predicate
  • Understanding Clauses
  • Fragment Clues
  • Acceptable Sentence Fragments

Run-on Sentences

  • Punctuation Fixes
  • Punctuation Plus Conjunction
  • Rewriting

Standard Verb Forms

  • Person and Number
  • Tense, Voice, and Mood
  • Power Verbs
  • Simple Tenses
  • Perfect Tenses


  • Personal Pronouns
  • Compounds and Partners
  • Possessive Pronouns
  • Other Pronoun Groups


  • Subject-Verb Agreement
  • Singular or Plural?
  • Between Subject and Verb
  • Here, There and It
  • Pronoun-Verb Agreement
  • Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement

Shifts in Person, Tense, and Structure

  • Shifts in Person and Tense
  • Lack of Parallel Structure
  • Other Structural Shifts

Clarity, Concision, Diction, and Logic

  • Syntax and Modifiers
  • Faulty Reference
  • Wordiness
  • Diction and Logic

Capitalization and Punctuation

  • Capitalization Rules
  • End Punctuation
  • Internal Punctuation
  • Quotation Marks
  • Other Punctuation Marks



An invitation into the online classroom will be emailed to you the Wednesday before the class begins. The subject of the email invitation will be "Lern – Classroom Invitation". Please click to accept the invitation, and from there you will create a password and will be able to access the classroom. If you haven't received an invitation by the Thursday before the course begins, please forward your confirmation email to, and a staff member will resend your invitation.

Once inside the online classroom, here's what you can expect.

Participate When You Want

The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are no live real-time requirements or meetings. For the best learning, participants should log into the course on 2-3 different days of the week.

What You Will Do

Each course is composed of several units. For each unit, you will:

  • Access the online readings
  • Listen to the audio presentation for the unit and view the slides
  • Take a self-quiz to see how much you have learned
  • Engage in written online discussion with your instructor and other participants

The content (readings, audio lectures, slides) and self-quizzes are accessible for the entire course, so you can work ahead, or go back and review again, at your convenience.


The discussion for each unit lasts one week. All comments are made in writing and can be made at any time, day or night. Your instructor will log into the discussion area at least once a day and answer questions, make comments, and respond to comments by you and the other participants. We encourage you to make 2-3 comments each day to maximize your learning and enjoyment of the course.



1. Make at least one comment every week in the discussion.

  • The comment should show thought and be more substantive than just “Yes, I agree.” There is no length required for comments.
  • Replies to other comments and responses to other participants count as comments (in most cases your instructor values replies and responses as comments).
  • Questions and online discussion facilitative comments also count as long as there is some thought to them.

2. Take the self-quiz at the end of every unit.

  • You must score 80% or higher.
  • You may retake any self-quiz as often as you need to get to the 80% score.

Completion Timeline



A pdf Certificate of Completion is issued by Learning Resources Network, Inc. and will list Green River College as its partner organization.



Once you have started your program, please direct all questions to

  • The requirements should be completed by the last day of the course.
  • Individual instructors may extend the deadline upon request.
  • If, for any reason, you are not able to complete the requirements during the course, UGotClass will provide you with their Course Transfer Option. The course Transfer Option allows you to retake any or all of the same UGotClass online course at a future offering within the next 12 months at no extra cost.


Effective Grammar Certificate

  • Item #: 13387
    Date: 6/3/2024 - 7/26/2024
    Fee: $295.00
    Location: Online

Please note: The email address provided during the registration process will be utilized to send instructions for accessing the course.


Effective Grammar Certificate

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  • Item #: 41395
  • Date: 4/1/2024 - 6/28/2024
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