Teaching English Punctuation for the ESL students

Author: Wesam Saleh's portfolio


In this course we are going to look at the most important part of written English grammar, which is for many, a very confusing place to be. The world of Punctuation! First of all, why do we need it? There is a big problem when it comes to reading a text that has been written down by someone and that is the fact that we cannot hear what the person is saying. During the process of typing or writing something, we normally have an inner voice, inside our head, talking as we do it. This is our way of transferring the thought into text. However, when another person reads that text, those words do not easily transfer back to the original voice. Punctuation help to give structure and meaning to the sentences that have been written down on the paper. Punctuation exist in all languages, but the rules can be very different from one to the other.

So in this mini course we are looking at punctuation. The most obvious part must be punctuation marks. They are symbols which are used in all written English. There are many different punctuation marks and some of them cause a great deal of confusion, even for those who speak English as their first language, so let's go through them one by one

course objectives

By the end of this course, you will be able to

  • Identify the importance of punctuation in written English
  • Punctuate simple sentences correctly.
  • Punctuate a full paragraph correctly.

Unit 1: Periods and other end stops

This unit describes the different kinds of end stops (period, question mark, exclamation point) to put on a sentence and how and when to use periods in abbreviations

Unit 2: Commas and Apostrophes

This unit explains how and when to use commas and when to put them in clauses and phrases. It also explains the proper use of apostrophes and how to make a word possessive, individual or joint.

Unit 3: Colons and Semicolons

This unit describes how to properly use colons and semicolons in sentences.