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How to use punctuation correctly for academic writing in English

What will you learn?

  1. Importance and use of 11 types of punctuation
  2. The English grammar rules for punctuation
  3. How these rules facilitate scientific communication
  4. How to communicate well with your audience
  5. Best practices to ensure correct punctuation in your writing
  6. Applying learnings, with examples and quizzes in each lesson


Course Description

“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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Course Curriculum


  How to use punctuation correctly for academic writing in English
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