COLLEGE OF ENGLISH
Commodore Denise Rush,
101 Hoven Court SW
Huntsville, Al 35824
The College of English provides a series of courses on the English language. These are fun ways of reminding yourself of the parts of English grammar that you learned in school, and includes jokes, pictures, and Star Trek references that give syntax a whole new image.
Important: It is vital that you make sure you keep a copy of your results and certificate as proof of completing ENGL. Do not rely on the STARFLEET Database or anyone else to verify that you have completed COE or any other Academy course. The burden of proof is upon you, the student.
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ENGL-101 - The Art of English-An Introduction
This course covers a brief history of the English language and its dictionaries. Then it moves on to a very basic identification of some of the more well-known parts of grammar, and finishes up with a discussion on 'that or which?' The test is a mixture of true/false, multiple choice, and short answer questions.
All students are to take ENGL-101 - The Art of English-An Introduction before proceeding to the 200-Level courses.
ENGL-201 - Punctuation
This course begins with a joke and continues to look at various punctuation marks in a humorous way. It includes a timeline, and uses examples with a Star Trek flavour. The test includes true/false and short answer questions.
ENGL-202 - Clauses
This course looks at the grammatical units called Clauses; the different types of clause, and when they can be used. The test includes true/false and short answer questions.
ENGL-204 - Sentences
This course explores the grammar of sentence structure. It takes you beyond the basic concepts presented in COE-101 - The Art of English - An Introduction. The test includes true/false and short answer questions.
ENGL-205 - Paragraphs and Sections
Paragraphs are everywhere: in essays, technical manuals, email correspondence, and so on. Sections are used to signal changes in stories, course materials, and more. This course covers both these methods of dividing text, and includes Star Trek examples to illustrate. The test includes true/false and short answer questions.
School of Proofreading
Note: As this is a challenging subject, it is recommended that students request only one course at a time.
PRO-101 - So You Want to be a Proofreader
Introducing the craft of proofreading, covering the basics of spellcheckers, errors of omission and commission, differences between proofreaders and copy editors, and more. The test includes multiple-choice and short-answer questions, and there is a short exercise at the end to test your eagle eyes! (up-to-date prescription lenses perfectly acceptable).
PRO-201 - Spelling and Context
This course covers the background to the English language, dictionaries, and many words which are commonly mixed-up. Different spellings from different countries are included, and the test comprises short answer questions plus three proofreading exercises.
PRO-202 - Punctuation, Part 1
This course covers the basic grammar rules involving the following: periods, commas, semicolons, and colons. The exam consists of short answer questions and a proofreading exercise.
PRO-203 - Punctuation, Part 2
This course covers the basic grammar rules involving the following: dashes, parentheses, brackets, question marks, exclamation points, hyphens, apostrophes, and quotation marks. Th exam consists of short answer questions and a proofreading exercise.
Source Materials Needed
Materials and/or sources will be provided with each course.