English 106 - Summer Sessions I, 2015

English Grammar

Class Information

Instructor: Moglen, Daniel
CRN: 53876
Time: MTW 12:10-1:50
Location: 1132 Bainer

Description

    Cross listed: ENL/LIN/UWP 106

    Description and Purpose of the Course: This course deals with the
    grammatical structure of the English language, focusing on the major
    syntactical structures of sentences. We will use modern language
    analysis techniques and the premise that it is necessary to understand
    how sentences are put together in order to be able to diagnose the
    problems sentences may have. This has obvious implications for
    editing, for writing, and for writing instruction, but a knowledge of
    language structure can also enhance an appreciation of literature.
    After this course, you should be able to explain to yourself and to
    others what is wrong with a questionable sentence and what can be done
    to improve the sentence.

    In addition to writers and editors, people who would like to teach
    English or language arts in the public schools are the natural
    audience of this course. It is an irony of teacher training that
    English teachers are trained primarily in literature, but, in
    professional practice, they spend most of their time dealing with
    their students’ language problems. As Carol Numrich has said (in a
    study of the diaries of beginning teachers) many teachers feel
    unprepared in their knowledge of language:

    Lack of knowledge in grammar was probably one of the biggest concerns
    of the teachers in this study. Their diary entries consistently
    reflected a lack of security in their teaching of grammar. Novice
    teachers who have received no formal instruction in English grammar
    may feel particularly unequipped to deal with the kinds of questions
    posed by students. Whether teachers choose to teach grammar explicitly
    or use a more inductive approach to teaching grammar, they can be sure
    that students’ questions will abound. If novice teachers were to take
    a grammar course prior to or in conjunction with their first teaching
    practicum, they might have more security facing their students’
    questions.

    The advent of high-stakes testing in the public schools has only
    increased both the unease of teachers and the need for grammatical
    instruction.

    Regular attendance is required; to receive a passing grade in the
    course, you must attend class and discussion (more than two unexcused
    absences will result in a lower grade; a pattern of absences may
    result in failure in the class), turn in all homework assignments;
    take both mini quizzes, and take and pass the final examination. Late
    homework assignments will be penalized unless you have a really good
    excuse. With so many assignments, turning in homework late can put you
    seriously behind.

    Attendance at the discussion section is required. The discussions will
    be used for working on problems, answering questions, and catching up
    with lectures.

Grading

    Grading will be based on the following items:

    5 homework assignments @ 10% each, 50%

    2 mini quizzes @ 5% each, 10%

    1 final project, 20%

    1 final examination, 25%

Texts

    Language as Human Behavior, Anita Barry