Court Reporting Summer School Is Here!

How long has it been since you went to summer school? I am sure you loved it! So Margie Holds Court is bringing it back!

“Court Reporting Summer School”

Three classes between now and the end-of-September CEU deadline. Choices galore! Can’t make it to the NOLA convention? Here are your CEU choices, and it is sooooo much cheaper!! No airfare, no hotel. You can attend class in your T-shirt and flip-flops. You get to choose the snacks. What could be better?

Grammar in a Nutshell, The Bottom Line Basics, a 12-hour course

I am always torn when I think about teaching grammar. Should I cover what is bottom line basic knowledge for being able to work with the language and to punctuate those transcript sentences? Or should I give the end-all class with all the intricacies of this wonderful language? There is that dreamer part of me that always wants to choose the latter; then there is that down-to-earth part that says it is more practical to choose the former.

So here it is – a grammar class that covers the bottom line basics of what you need to know to make the job of producing a transcript easier. It is “Grammar in a Nutshell.”

As I have been teaching a variety of classes online, I am finding more and more that many reporters/students/scopists/proofers have not been exposed to any grammar, which, by definition, should precede a course in punctuation.

English skill begins with an understanding of how the language works – yes, grammar. No, you don’t have to diagram sentences, though that might be great fun! But you do need to understand parts of speech and how they go together and the difference between phrases and clauses and what a modifier is. The whole point is that this knowledge will make your daily job of punctuating so much easier.

In this class, we will look at language elements, what they are and how they work. Then we will study verbs, the core of the sentence, and then move to nouns and pronouns and how they function in a sentence. Wrapping up, we will turn to modifiers and connecting words. We will be looking at the basics and be skipping the more sophisticated parts of the language.

There are resource handouts and exercises to do to solidify the rules we are studying.

Payment and Registration
Reporters: $240          Scopists/Proofreaders/Students/Teachers: $210

Register for the courses at margieholdsclass.com. Registration will close at the end of the day on Friday, July 13, for the July 14 start date. Once you enroll in the course, there are instructions for downloading the platform we use for the course and also other information that you need, most especially handouts that can be printed for the live class.

Register for “Grammar in a Nutshell”


Sentence Structure: A Study of Phrases and Clauses, an 8-hour course

Nothing contributes more to a well-punctuated transcript than a knowledge of how sentences go together. Nothing ruins the punctuation of a transcript more than chopping up clauses with incorrect commas and mistakenly using the punctuation rules for clauses when dealing with phrases.

If you are not sure what is being described here, you need to be in this class. We will spend time analyzing language elements, distinguishing between a clause and a phrase, and making sure that we thoroughly understand how to punctuate the three different kinds of clauses.

It will be very convenient to have Court Reporting: Bad Grammar/Good Punctuation and the accompanying Workbook, though they are not required. There will be additional resources to read as well as plenty of practice time in class.

Payment and Registration
Reporters: $160            Scopists/Proofreaders/Students/Teachers: $135

Register for the courses at margieholdsclass.com. Registration will close at the end of the day on Friday, August 10, for the August 11 start date. Once you enroll in the course, there are instructions for downloading the platform we use for the course and also other information that you need, most especially handouts that can be printed for the live class.

Register for “Sentence Structure”


Quotes and More, a 4-hour course

I answer more questions about quotes than almost any other topic. Do I use the bad punctuation in the document in my transcript, or do I punctuate it correctly? What if I don’t have the document? How can I prove it is what they really said? How do I format it when they are reading Q and A? Are single quotes different? We will also have time to cover some basics of commas.

Join us for the answers to these and so many other questions about quotes. There will be exercises and time to practice in class.

Payment and Registration
Reporters: $80                Scopists/Proofreaders/Students/Teachers: $60

Register for the courses at margieholdsclass.com. Registration will close at the end of the day on Friday, September 15, for the September 16 start date. Once you enroll in the course, there are instructions for downloading the platform we use for the course and also other information that you need, most especially handouts that can be printed for the live class.

Register for “Quotes and More”

Happy punctuating!

Margie

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