English Grammar English Grammar 101
F oreword
To the Student, Parent and Teacher
By: Terry VanHorne
Cingletree Learning

Welcome to English Grammar 101. The author, Marvin Van Horne, originally created this instructional series from his love of language and the real world needs of his students. Once created, he quickly realized the series could not only benefit his students but anyone interested in improving his or her knowledge of the English language.

Over his thirty-six year career, Marvin developed a teaching method that allowed students to learn language concepts and experience the language at the same time. Using this method, students were encouraged to repeat each lesson as many times as necessary until they scored 80% or better. This repetitive technique lead to dramatic improvements in a student's ability to learn and retain the concepts.

Each lesson contained in English Grammar 101 is completely self correcting. A student may work at his or her own pace. Pretests and final posttests are provided as a means for monitoring progress. A student may repeat a lesson or module as often as desired for reinforcement of skills. The object of the series is "learning" and not just completing the material.

This grammar series may be used for individual study, or as an instructional series for language art classes, alternative education settings, home schooling, or ESL courses. It is also a perfect companion to courses in English composition and writing. The series represents an equivalent of 100 hours of classroom instruction.

We hope you enjoy using English Grammar 101. As Marvin often said, "Don't be discouraged when errors are made. Errors are an important part of learning and an important part of life. Remember that each lesson is an instructional sequence and not a test. Repeat the lesson as many times as you like."

Good luck with your studies!