How to use punctuation correctly for academic writing in English
What will you learn?
- Importance and use of 11 types of punctuation
- The English grammar rules for punctuation
- How these rules facilitate scientific communication
- How to communicate well with your audience
- Best practices to ensure correct punctuation in your writing
- Applying learnings, with examples and quizzes in each lesson
“When speaking aloud, you punctuate constantly—with body language. Your listener hears commas, dashes, question marks, exclamation points, quotation marks as you shout, whisper, pause, wave your arms, roll your eyes, wrinkle your brow. In writing, punctuation plays the role of body language. It helps readers hear the way you want to be heard.” These words by Russel Baker encapsulate the importance of using punctuation marks correctly when writing in English to better control your research story and how it is perceived by journal reviewers and readers.
In scientific communication, the right punctuation facilitates clarity, simplicity, precision, and readability. This two-part program will help you use punctuation correctly in your academic writing projects to draft sentences that are short, direct, and simple. Covering 11 different punctuation marks, with detailed explanations, summaries and short quizzes for every topic, this course will help you enhance your writing and communicate your research most effectively!
What topics will you cover?
Lecture 1: - Introduction
Lecture 2: Objectives overview
Lecture 3: What is punctuation?
Lecture 4: Issues with poor punctuation
Lecture 5: How to use periods
Lecture 6: Parts of a sentence
Lecture 7: Using commas
Lecture 8: Where to use colons
Lecture 9: How to use semicolons
Lecture 10: Quick summary
Lecture 11: Part 2 - Introduction
Lecture 12: Objectives overview
Lecture 13: Hyphen rules
Lecture 14: Where to use apostrophes
Lecture 15: Using quotation marks
Lecture 16: How parentheses work
Lecture 17: Where to use brackets
Lecture 18: What are braces
Lecture 19: Using the dash
Lecture 20: Quick summary
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