Building Great Sentences

28 August 2008 · 6 comments

This is how geeky I am (as if you all needed another example).

For years, I’ve bemoaned the fact that I’ve been unable to find a good college-level grammar class to take. All of the college-level grammar classes around here are remedial. I don’t want a remedial grammar class. I want an advanced grammar class that really gets into the nuts and bolts of the stuff.

As you may know, I’m a huge fan of The Teaching Company. This company offers college-level courses via compact disc and DVD (and, now, audio download). They’re great. Robert Greenberg’s “How to Listen to and Understand Great Music” is marvelous, and I recommend it to anyone. Well worth the $95 download.

As much as I love these courses, I try not to look at the catalog when it comes. I’m a frugal fellow, remember, and I don’t need to go out of my way to find reasons to spend money. Hell, I already have several courses from The Teaching Company that I haven’t finished auditing yet:

Today when I received the monthly Teaching Company e-mail solicitation, I dragged it to the trash, just like always. But as I did, something caught my eye: a course called “Building great sentences: Exploring the writer’s craft”.


As you can probably guess, there were mere microseconds between me noticing that and actually downloading the lectures. That’s right — I am so geeky that I would, without hesitation, pay $35 to download a 12-hour series of lectures on how to write sentences.

Now I’ve got to find an excuse to listen to this course. Anyone up for a trip to Boise and back? I’ll provide the wheels. And the listening material.

1 jdroth August 28, 2008 at 14:26

This is my second entry about grammar in just ten days. Maybe I could start a grammar blog! Lisa and Amy Jo would read it…

2 Mom August 28, 2008 at 16:31

Maybe we could go visit my Aunt Joan and Uncle Bob in Twin Falls. Oops, that’s 10 hours one way, though. What would we do with the extra 8 hours? Construct sentences? ;-)

3 pam August 30, 2008 at 18:25

Huh, you couldn’t finish a biology course. It must not have been soft enough for psych majors. ;)

4 Josh September 1, 2008 at 16:13

Third reader of your proposed grammar blog, right here.

5 David September 1, 2008 at 20:20

I move that you write a grammar blog.

I was wondering, you mentioned that you received this lesson for 35 dollars. Do you just get the transcripts? Have you found that’s all you need?

6 Mary October 23, 2008 at 08:19

well, I was thinking about buying the course and you just tipped me over the edge. I agree, the Teaching Company is awesome. I also found that by searching in google there are at least 8 places you can illegally download this course too. ;-)

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