Modern Grammar – TESL 333

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 11/30/2020

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.


The study of grammar is one of the most ancient and fundamental aspects of education. It can hardly be separated from the study of writing, speech, rhetoric, critical thinking, literature, sociology, psychology, languages and linguistics, anthropology, philosophy, or for that matter any of the human sciences. It is their first study. Apart from these matters, the study of grammar has many practical applications. The aim of the course is to equip students with the basic knowledge of the way in which the grammar of the English sentence works, the way in which it gives structure and linguistically practical expression to simple, compound, and complex ideas, so that students will be able to grammatically ‘dissect’ any English sentence.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyze the syntactic structures of the English language in terms of modern theories, primarily transformational.
  2. Identify the lexical and grammatical categories of words and phrases in isolation and in sentences.
  3. Apply structural tests to syntactic structures to investigate and verify the structures of phrases and sentences.
  4. Analyze the structure of English sentences using structural tree diagrams.
  5. Analyze grammatical transformations of sentences through reconstructing sentence derivations.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, lecture presentations, and provided supplemental readings

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 Forum

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for this forum. The thread must be 350 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 150 words.

Module Worksheets (7)

The student will produce tree diagrams and provide other analyses of provided sentences per the methods set out in the lecture presentations and supplemental readings.

Quizzes (5)

Each quiz will cover reading and study material for the assigned module(s)/week(s). Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain multiple-choice, multiple-answer, true/false, fill-in-the-blank, and essay questions, and have a time limit of 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Tests (2)

Each test will cover the reading and study material for the assigned module(s)/week(s). Each test will be open-book/open-notes, contain multiple-choice questions, and have a time limit of 1 hour and 30 minutes.