This course is an advanced study of the full-range of English grammar, from phonology, morphology and syntax to discourse.
For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.
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:
- Identify English language constituents (simple to complex) relative to phonology, morphology, syntax and discourse.
- Explain what “grammaticality” is.
- Research and synthesize information about English grammar, from text analyses and course content, and concerning implications of such for English teaching.
- Define and utilize the full range of English grammar “meta-language” terms.
- Evaluate how various theories of grammar reflect a Christian worldview of God as the author of language/grammar.
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 the Course Overview.
Quizzes have 15 or fewer questions. Begin a quiz only when you are prepared to complete it. Students may refer to your notes and textbooks at any time during the assessment, and they may take each quiz twice (although they will have a different set of questions the second time). The highest grade will be recorded. Students will have 30 minutes to complete each quiz.
Students will complete four Discussions in this course. The student will post one thread of at least 500 words by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Thursday of each assigned module. The student must then post 2 replies of at least 250 words by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of that same module.
Language Analysis Research Application Assignments (3)
Throughout this course, students will submit three Language Analysis Research Application Assignments. Discussion assignments are meant to foster a spirit of community and collegiality as scholars sharpen the acumen of their peers. In these assignments students will respond to a question or set of questions. Their response should include research in the field, and an application of this research into their present/future profession. Each essay must be a minimum of 750 words and cite at least four peer-reviewed journals as sources for these research application assignments.
Grammar in the Professions Project: Proposal Assignment
This assignment requires students to choose how they will focus their final project and relay this to the professor so that there is clear understanding on the scope and aims of a student’s final project. For the final project, students have three options: 1) Grammar and Editing in the Professions, 2) Teaching Grammar in the Professions, and 3) Grammatical Research in the Professions.
Grammar in the Professions Project: Final Assignment
This assignment will let students choose, to some degree, how to demonstrate evidence of their mastery over English grammar. Students will be provided options for this paper, and based on their degree program and/or vocational goals, they can choose the focus of the assignment that will best meet their educational needs. Options include: "Grammar and Editing in the Professions," "Teaching Grammar in the Professions," and "Grammatical Research in the Professions."
Quizzes: Exam (2)
The Quiz: Mid-Term Exam will cover modules 1-4, while the Quiz: Final Exam covers material from modules 5-8. These quizzes have fewer than fifty questions. Students may refer to their notes and textbooks at any time during the assessment, but may take each of them only once. Students will have 90 minutes to complete the quiz exams.