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Grammar in a Nutshell (Summer 2019) RECORDED

A course in the basics of English grammar, preparing you to punctuate more easily.

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This course offers a replay of the live sessions.

There are NO CEUs offered for this course.

Your Instructor


Margie Wakeman Wells
Margie Wakeman Wells

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.


Congratulations on taking a big step toward making your job easier. Knowing how the language works takes much of the drama out of producing a transcript. There is no question that grammar is where it all begins. We have chosen to make this class a study of the bottom line essentials of the language. We are not going to worry about objects of gerunds and subjects of infinitives or nominative absolutes. However, we are going to thoroughly understand subjects and verbs and what nouns do and the correct form of pronouns and how modifiers function.

This is the get-down-and-dirty grammar class. We begin on July 20 and go both days of the weekend for three weekends in a row. We are going to be in and out before you know it and have fun while we are at it.

Check the “Class Schedule” tab for the dates and times.

We are using a platform called e-Lecta for the live lectures. You will need to download e-Lecta. Check out "Installing the Software" under the “Welcome” tab. There will be a link right here on this site for you to follow each week to get into the live class. e-Lecta will be open a half hour before each class.

You will not need a microphone. If you have questions, you will do so in written form in the chat area of the site.

I will use PowerPoint as the vehicle for teaching the class. Before each class session, you will have access to handouts of the slides for the session. They are printed with three slides to a page, which come with lines next to each slide for purposes of notetaking, or printed six to a page, which saves paper but does not offer much space to take notes.

If you want to use an iPad to take notes, there are instructions on the site, and the slides are offered one slide to a page.

In whatever form you choose, you will save paper by printing the pages back to back. There are many, many pages of these handouts. Whether or not you choose to print the handouts is entirely up to you.


Your Instructor


Margie Wakeman Wells
Margie Wakeman Wells

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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