Online Class: ESL Grammar Skills Level 3

This course is third in a series of five ESL grammar courses. It builds on levels 1 and 2, and continues grammatical instruction grounded in the foundation offered in those courses.

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Course Description

This course is third in a series of five ESL grammar courses. It builds on levels 1 and 2, and continues grammatical instruction grounded in the foundation offered in those courses.

ESL Grammar Level 3 is a conceptually rich course. It contains instruction on passive voice, present perfect, relative clauses and the imperative. Further, it offers lessons on participle and gerund usage in various constructions. Lessons related to the present perfect include still/yet/already, and for/since along with targeted practice on distinguishing between correct usage of the present perfect and the past simple (these are very important differences in English).

Presentation of phrasal verbs is continued from level 2, and distinctions between like/as and a(n)/the are offered. Additional topics include I want you to… and I told you to…, quite/pretty/fairly/rather, so/such, tag questions, and use of auxiliary verbs for conversational brevity. Because of the conceptual weight presented by the present perfect, passive voice and relative clauses, writing units extend previous discussions of compound and complex sentences and subordinating conjunctions. 

Each of the 22 units of this course contains a clear, simple, and well-organized presentation of material followed by lesson exercises to reinforce the lesson content. Several exams test student knowledge along the way, and a final exam score determines whether the learner is ready for the next level. Each unit is accompanied by a brief audio recording which presents the material verbally, offering a secondary presentation of the material to aid in student comprehension.

Whether you're addressing this material for the first time or have been speaking English for a while, ESL 3 provides an excellent presentation of some of the most challenging concepts in English grammar, and is well worth your efforts as you progress with your English learning.

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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: Participles. An Introduction.

In talking about participles, we are talking about the third form of the verb. This is the participle form. Additional lesson topics: English Grammar- Participles; Participles, Participle constructions 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: Introduce Yourself
  • Assessment: Pre-test Exam
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: Passive Voice

English has two voices: active voice and passive voice. Thus far, we have discussed only the active voice. In this lesson we will discuss the passive voice. Additional lesson topics: Passive Voice; Passive Voice 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: I want you to….

Sometimes, we want to express something we want to do ourselves. For example, I want to drive my car to work. Sometimes, however, we want to express that we want for someone else to do something. This is the subject of this lesson. 5 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: I told you to…

Other verbs can be used in place of want or told with the same grammar. Additional lesson topics: To Learn English; Grammar Basics 5 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: quite, pretty, fairly, rather

These four adverbs modify quantity of an adjective. Additional lesson topics: Modifiers; Learning about Modifiers video 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Assessment: Lessons 1- 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Present Perfect

The present perfect is one of the more difficult parts of English to learn for most people – it doesn’t usually translate well. Additional lesson topics: Present Perfect Tense; Present Perfect Exercises; Present Perfect 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: still, yet, already

The terms still, yet and already are often (but not only) used with the present perfect. Additional lesson topics: Still, yet, already; Video of still, yet and already 6 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: for, since

The terms for and since are time markers. Additional lesson topics: The use of For and Since; English Grammar 6 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Present Perfect and Simple Past

The differences between the present perfect and simple past are not easy to fully understand while you’re using them. This lesson reviews those differences and offers exercises to help you practice understanding which one is appropriate to use at which ti Additional lesson topics: Present Perfect and Simple Past; Present Perfect and Simple Past Video 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Assessment: Lessons 6-9 Exam

Lesson 10: Phrasal Verbs 2

English has many phrasal verbs. Remember that these are verbs that (completely) change meaning depending on the preposition used with the verb. Additional lesson topics: Phrasal Verb Exercises 5 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: like / as

In general, like and as are used to express comparisons and similarities. Additional lesson topics: Like vs. As 6 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 11 Exam

Lesson 12: Articles: a(n) / the

Articles in English work differently than in most other languages, so even if your native language uses articles, they’re likely to be different in English. Additional lesson topics: English Grammar: Proper uses of Articles A, An, The 7 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 12 Exam

Lesson 13: Imperative

Imperatives are also known as commands. Additional lesson topics: Imperative sentences 6 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 13 Exam

Lesson 14: Adjectives: Participles and Gerunds (interested, interesting)

There are two ways adjectives are formed from verbs. Additional lesson topics: Identifying Verbals 6 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 14 Exam

Lesson 15: Preposition + Gerund...good at diving.)

Verbs that follow prepositions are always in the gerund form. Additional lesson topics: List of English Prepositions; English Prepositions List; Prepositions; Interested 5 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 15 Exam

Lesson 16: be used to + -ing/noun

When we talk about things to which we are accustomed in English, we use a special construction. It is be used to + -ing (or noun). Additional lesson topics: I am used to something 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 16 Video
  • Assessment: Lessons 10-16 Exam

Lesson 17: Relative Clauses 1. who, which, that

Sometimes we need an entire clause to modify the noun. These clauses are known as relative clauses, or sometimes adjective clauses. Additional lesson topics: Relative Clauses Exercise; Learn English 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 17 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 17 Exam

Lesson 18: so / such

Both so and such express extremes of something. Additional lesson topics: Explanation on the use of so and such in English.; So vs Such; So / Such 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 18 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 18 Exam

Lesson 19: Tag Questions

Question tags are small questions that we put at the end of a statement to ask for audience agreement with what we are saying. Additional lesson topics: English Grammar; Tag Questions 6 Total Points
  • Lesson 19 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 19 Exam

Lesson 20: Verbs: hope so, think so

In conversation, you can use short expressions with certain verbs when you don’t want to repeat what someone else has said, but you want to comment on it. Additional lesson topics: So and not with expect, hope, think, etc. 5 Total Points
  • Lesson 20 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 20 Exam

Lesson 21: Writing Compound-Complex Sentences

A compound-complex sentence consists of three (3) clauses. It is essentially a compound sentence combined with a complex sentence. 5 Total Points
  • Lesson 21 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 21 Exam

Lesson 22: Subordinating Conjunctions II

In Level 2, we discussed some common subordinating conjunctions. This lesson presents a more complete list of subordinating conjunctions. Additional lesson topics: Conjunctions and Cohesive Devices 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 22 Video
  • Assessment: Lessons 17-22 Exam

Final Exam

Final Exam 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 23 Video
  • Lesson discussions: How would you rate this course?; Course Comments; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Assessment: Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Identify passive voice.
  • Demonstrate usage of quite, pretty, fairly, rather.
  • Identify present perfect.
  • Demonstrate usage of still, yet, already.
  • Demonstrate usage of for, since.
  • Identify present perfect and simple past.
  • Demonstrate usage of like / as.
  • Identify articles.
  • Demonstrate imperative usage.
  • Identify adjectives.
  • Demonstrate usage of be used to + -ing/noun.
  • Demonstrate correct usage of who, which, that.
  • Identify when to use so / such.
  • Identify verbs.
  • Demonstrate writing compound-complex sentences.
  • Demonstrate usage of subordinating conjunctions.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: ESL Grammar Skills Level 3
Course Number: 8900309
Lessons Rating: 4.6 / 5 Stars (1,298 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: March 2022
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 1.0 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Course Author: Dr. Michele Poff
Instructor: Dana Kristan
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $95.00 U.S. dollars

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