When I came to the online world I will admit I was shocked. As a professional I could not get over the inappropriate use of grammar. It made me wonder what a great many adults did for a living that they had such poor writing styles. I then began to realize what had occurred was the fault of the instant messaging systems on cellular phones. Adults had become so relaxed with their writing in order to use such systems that it had crossed over into their writing across the board. I can’t tell you the number of letters from parents I’ve seen over my years of teaching that slip into instant message grammar. The sad fact is though this type of writing leads people to be taken less serious. I know that when I read articles, essays, pleas for help that are so atrociously written that I trust very little of the content. I understand that I should indeed not be harsh on those for whom English is not a primarily language, but the reality is there are many countries out there who speak and write better English than we Americans do at home. So, my advise for those writing articles, writings, and so forth online for others to read, double check your grammar ahead of time. Simply write your first drafts in a word program and hit the grammar and spell check.
Now granted, it won’t catch all of your errors but you can program to catch those you make often so as not to make them when writing something that is to be read by other professionals. This includes notes to the teachers. I’ve met parents that I assumed had the same learning disorder as their child only to find out they had no such order, they simply could not master the English language. They expected their child to simply not be held accountable for English and wanted it included on their I.E.P. because the parent was unable to properly use the English language. I have to shake my head as a teacher on this one. So, how can you better prepare yourself on the basic mechanics? There is a wonderful website created by Purdue University that will tutor you in the basic grammar mechanics. http://owl.english.purdue.edu/