The basics of punctuation in English

I've been working as an English language teacher and with English language teachers for over two decades, and it has always been very clear to me that punctuation is a badly neglected area in our business. Course books don't focus on it; syllabuses often don't include it; and we keep on hoping our students (and teachers themselves) will somehow pick up the rules of punctuation from their reading or through some sort of 'osmosis'. Well, that doesn't usually work, I'm afraid.

In this course, you'll learn a lot about punctuation in English --why it's important; how to study it; why learn it-- and will also learn how to use all punctuation marks correctly in your writing, such as apostrophes, commas, semicolons, colons, and others.

Join me on an important (and often fun!) journey through what Lynn Truss --in her brilliant 'Eats, Shoots, and Leaves'-- calls "the stitching of language": punctuation! Without it, she says, "language comes apart".

For more information, write to me at, or reach out via WhatsApp: +55 11 94505-1811.

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Higor Cavalcante

I am an English teacher, teacher educator, author, and CELTA tutor based in São Paulo, Brazil. I have been in English language teaching (ELT) for over two decades, and my main areas of interest in ELT are teacher development, phonology, and language development for teachers. Here on Hotmart, my intention is to offer long and short courses for teachers of English in areas such as teaching grammar, vocabulary, phonology, listening, reading, writing, speaking, and much, much more. You can find out more about my work at, and you can write to me at

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