Sunday, June 02, 2013

Clear, concise, and effective English for law students, bar examinees, and legal writers in organizations, private companies, and government offices (02): Free resources in English grammar

Poor grammar compounds the problem of bad legal writing among Filipinos. One media report claims that “many graduates from our top universities have English language skills comparable only to 2nd grade children from Western countries.” As a law student, bar examinee, or legal writer, you must master the rules of English grammar.

[1] The Internet offers thousands of free resources on English grammar. Some of the best resources are:

Better English for everyone
Activities for ESL Students
Capital Community College Guide to Good Grammar
OWL English Purdue Grammar Exercises
Basic English Grammar, from Daily Writing Tips (you can get new topics daily via email)
The Simple Secrets Of Writing & Speaking (Almost) Like A Professional” College Edition by Philip Yaffe (free PDF, 144 pages, 483 kb), from Plain Language Commission

[2] Free resources from the New York State Bar Journal: articles by Judge Gerald Lebovits (faculty member of Columbia University - Law School, Fordham University School of Law, and New York University School of Law)
Do’s, Don’ts, and Maybes: Legal Writing Grammar - Part I

Do’s, Don’ts, and Maybes: Legal Writing Grammar - Part II

Free seminars:

[1] “English Proficiency Course” (4 hours; for college students, K-to-12 teachers, other groups)

[2] “Clear, concise English for effective legal writing” (3-5 hours; for Student Councils, academic organizations, fraternities, sororities, NGOs, LGUs, any interested group; test yourself with the interactive exercises)

Seminars are for Metro Manila only. For more information or to schedule a seminar, please contact Atty. Gerry T. Galacio at 0927-798-3138.

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