A six-hour online class that meets January 13, 19, and 20.
Whether you know the comma rules well or are shaky on some, the trick is to be able to recognize what rule needs to be applied when there is one of those convoluted, ten-line sentences. Sometimes we don’t need to review the rule as much as we need to be able to look at a sentence and recognize what rule or rules we are dealing with.
What is going on when there is an element at the beginning of the second part of a compound sentence? Is there a single comma or a pair of commas or no commas? When clauses are connected by “and” and there are seven of them, are there commas or not? Can a sentence go on and on without punctuation? Is that ever going to be correct?
The “live” sessions will be conducted via PowerPoint with handouts of the slides made available prior to the session. The classes will include question-and-answer sessions. Each class will be recorded, and enrolled students may listen to those recordings as many times as desired. The recordings will be available for one month after the last session of the class.
All classes meet on Saturdays and/or Sundays.
8:30 to 10:30 Pacific
9:30 to 11:30 Mountain
10:30 to 12:30 Central
11:30 to 1:30 Eastern
3:30 to 5:30 Pacific
4:30 to 6:30 Mountain
5:30 to 7:30 Central
6:30 to 8:30 Eastern
This is a great way to get a jump on your CEUs for the year. At just $20 a unit and no airfare or hotel expense (and the luxury of coming to class in your pajamas), the price is right. And then there is all that fun of learning English! You must attend the live sessions to receive CEUs as CEUs are not available for the recorded-only sessions.
If you have to miss a session and need CEUs, you can write a detailed summary for the session and receive credit for the two hours for a limited number of classes. For this Commas on Steroids class, only one class may be missed and made up by writing a summary.
Completion certificates (reflecting the total number of hours attended) will be issued for the course. These certificates may be used to file for credits for state, national, or any other certification need. (There may be an additional charge by the organization for this filing, depending upon the policies of the organization.)
If you do not need CEUs and would rather listen to the material on your own schedule/time, by all means, choose this option. We will post the recording from the “live” class session once the class has been given, which you may then listen to at your leisure and which will be available to you for one month after the last class session. No CEUs will be offered for this option.
Margie Wakeman Wells is a lifetime credentialed teacher in the state of California and is certified as a CRI. She is in her sixth decade of teaching -- with 40 of those years in the field of court reporting. As a reporting instructor, she has taught from the theory level through the exit speeds as well as all manner of English courses – both on campus in a bricks and mortar school and online.
She has presented, under the auspices of NCRA and state court reporting organizations, over 300 seminars for reporters on English-related topics as well as seminars for teachers and students.
Court Reporting: Bad Grammar/Good Punctuation, her best-selling reference text, and the workbook that accompanies it are available at margieholdscourt.com. In addition, she has published Word
Pares, Pears, Pairs, a reference work of 2,000 word pairs with definitions, examples, and idioms for the words, and is currently writing a grammar text. She has also written a drill book series for improving accuracy: Practice Really DOES Make Perfect.
Margie operates “Margie Holds Class,” her online school, for both live and recorded classes and writes her blog, “All Things English,” at margieholdscourt.com. Margie currently serves as the Education Liaison for the California Court Reporters Association.
Margie has two grown sons and lives with her husband, Bill, in Culver City, California.
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