Modern Grammar – ENGL 333

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 04/08/2022

Course Description

A course emphasizing the nature, structure and modifications of the English language with emphasis upon traditional, structural and generative-transformational grammars.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

This course requires the learning of basics, so that students may then acquire advanced knowledge and further the skills necessary in order to impart this information to others. The student will also learn to identify, analyze and correct errors. The content is foundational to the student’s future success as a professional. The goal of the course is to teach the student how to think grammatically, and enjoy the challenge and joy of learning new things.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    1. Analyze the morphological and syntactic structures of the English language in terms of traditional, structural and generative-transformational grammar. 
    2. Identify the lexical and grammatical categories of words, phrases and clauses, in isolation and in sentences.
    3. Define and use correct terminology for describing and analyzing the structure of English.
    4. Define modern grammar from a biblical worldview.
    5. Demonstrate and apply acquired knowledge of English grammar clearly and effectively in writing.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (4)

There will be 4 Discussions throughout this course. The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided topic for each Discussion. Each thread is to be at least 400 words in length and demonstrate course-related knowledge citing at least 2 scholarly sources in current MLA style. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply substantially to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150 words in length and cite at least 1 scholarly source. The textbook may count as a scholarly source.

Correcting Sample Student Essay Assignments (2)

The purpose of these assignments is to place the student in the position of “audience” for the provided sample student essays. The student will use MS Word's Track Changes to note changes in order to make words, phrases, and sentence structures grammatically correct. The student must also note usage issues and label them as such using MS Word's Review Comments feature. Finally, the student will note “transition” problems that have to do with consistent focus and topic continuity. Following an edit of the Sample Student Essay, the student will write a 900 word review focusing on the 3 main grammar problems, editing suggestions, and overall effectiveness.

Journal Article Review Assignment

The student will review a published journal article noting positive grammar usage. In a written 800-word assignment, describe how the author has appropriately used grammar in sentence construction. The student’s review will be 3 pages in length, and any additional resources must be cited in current MLA format.

Research Paper Assignment

The student will write a 8-page research-oriented paper in current MLA format that contains 2 sections: the grammar description of a chosen published piece and a discussion of the common issues of today's' everyday spoken and written English grammar. The paper must include at least 5 scholarly sources which can include the class textbook and the Bible.

Quizzes (6)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material, including video presentation, for the module(s) in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 15 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 30-minute time limit. You may take the quizzes 3 times; the highest score will record in the gradebook.

Midterm Exam

The Midterm Exam covers the Learn materials, including video presentations, for Module 1: Week 1 – Module 4: Week 4. This exam will be open-book/open-notes, will contain 50 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and will be 1 hour and 30 minutes long. There is only one attempt to the Midterm Exam.

Final Exam

The Final Exam covers the Learn materials, plus presentations, for Modules throughout the course. This exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 50 multiple-choice and true/false questions and will be 1 hour and 30 minutes long. There is only one attempt to the Final Exam.