A course emphasizing the nature, structure and modifications of the English language with emphasis upon traditional, structural and generative-transformational grammars.
This course requires the learning of basics, so that the student 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.
Textbook readings and lecture presentations
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will complete 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 present in the essay.
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 an 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.
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. The student may take the quizzes 3 times; the highest score will record in the gradebook.
Quiz: 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.
Quiz: 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.