This course is for REPLAYS of the live sessions after they are posted.
There are no CEUs offered for this course.
This course is the alternative to the “hit and miss” hour or two that we tend to get during conventions. Though there is value in any class that deals with the rules of punctuation, rather than a comma rule or two here and a little instruction on whether to put the dash inside or outside the quotes, the goal of this class is to offer a more comprehensive look at the rules we use to punctuate.
In this 20-hour class, we will begin with a look at clauses -- how they work and how to punctuate them. We will move to the period, the question mark, and the quotation mark and then on to the colon, the dash, and the semicolon. We will wind up with the plethora of comma rules that haunt our days and nights. As we go, we will mix in a look at number form, the hyphen, the apostrophe, and even a little capitalization.
This is a rare chance to look at the overall picture of the rules that govern how we punctuate the spoken word and see how these rules work together and interrelate -- a crucial class for every reporter, scopist, proofreader, teacher, and student . As a matter of fact, every person who deals with the language would benefit from this class.
The two-hour sessions will be conducted via PowerPoint with handouts of the slides for each session available for purposes of note-taking and study. There will also be some resource handouts offered for download.
The recommended texts for the class are Court Reporting: Bad Grammar/Good Punctuation and the accompanying Workbook, available at margieholdscourt.com. Assignments will be made from these books for those who want to reinforce what we are covering; however, purchasing the books is optional.
Once a session is completed, a recording of that session will be posted, which can be listened to any number of times and which will be available for one month after the class concludes
CLASS MEETING TIMES
8:30 to 10:30 Pacific
9:30 to 11:30 Mountain
10:30 to 12:30 Central
11:30 to 1:30 Eastern
2:30 to 4:30 Pacific
3:30 to 5:30 Mountain
4:30 to 6:30 Central
5:30 to 7:30 Eastern
Punctuation Precision LIVE, April to June The course will remain open for access to recordings and materials through July 31.
April to June
Sunday, April 28
Saturday, May 4
Sunday, May 5
Sunday, May 19
Saturday, May 25
Saturday, June 1
Sunday, June 2
Sunday, June 9
Saturday, June 22
Sunday, June 23
There are no CEUs offered for this course.
We are using a platform called eLecta for the live lectures. You will need to download eLecta. (Instructions are below.) There will be a link right here on this site for you to follow each week to get into the live class. eLecta will be open a half hour before each class begins.
There will be a chance for you to ask questions in the live class.
I will use PowerPoint slides as the vehicle for teaching the class. They will be loaded into the session in eLecta before we begin the class. Before each class session, you will have access to handouts of the slides for the session.
The slides are offered with three slides to a page, which come with lines next to each slide for purposes of note-taking. The handouts are also offered printed six to a page, which saves paper but does not offer much space to take notes.
You will obviously save paper by printing them 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.
Materials for the first session of the class will be available a few days before the class begins. You can log in at that time to access the handouts of the PowerPoint slides and the other materials for the first week of class.
If you have any questions prior to the start of the class, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please send any technical or web-related issues to our support team via the green "Support" button at the bottom right of your screen.
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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