Advanced English Grammar – ENGL 633

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course is an advanced study of the full-range of English grammar, from phonology, morphology and syntax to discourse.

 

Prerequisites

None

 

Rationale

Advanced grammar is essential for a well-rounded post-graduate English program as it heightens awareness of basic and complex English language constituents relative to phonology, morphology, syntax, and discourse. Knowledge of these, in turn, enables the student to guide others and him/herself in the proper usage of academic English.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify English language constituents (simple to complex) relative to phonology, morphology, syntax and discourse.
  2. Explain what “grammaticality” is.
  3. Research and synthesize information about English grammar, from text analyses and course content, and concerning implications of such for English teaching.
  4. Define and utilize the full range of English grammar “meta-language” terms.
  5. Evaluate how various theories of grammar reflect a Christian worldview of God as the author of language/grammar.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (6)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge and graduate-level writing with regard to content and style. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 150 words. Current APA, MLA, or Turabian formatting (whichever corresponds to the student’s degree program) must be used for bibliographical entries and in-text citations.

Language Analyses (4)

The student will analyze various activities that focus on a specific aspect of language, such as phrenology, morphology, syntax, and tense.


Quizzes (5)

The quizzes will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. The quizzes will be open-book/open-notes, contain 5–13 questions, and have a 20-minute time limit.

Mid-Term Exam

The Mid-Term will cover the Reading & Study material for Modules/Weeks 1–4. The midterm will be open-book/open-notes, contain 36 multiple-choice, true/false, short-answer, multiple-answer, matching, and essay questions and have a 1-hour and 30-minute time limit.

Final Exam

The Final is cumulative and will cover the Reading & Study material for Modules/Weeks 1–8. The final will be open-book/open-notes, contain 46 multiple-choice, short-answer, fill-in-the-blank, and essay questions, and have a 1-hour and 30-minute time limit.