Catalog Description: A study of the sounds, word structure, and sentence patterns
of modern English, with emphasis given to parts of speech, phrases, and clauses.
Texts: Martha Kolln and Robert Funk. Understanding English Grammar, 7th Edition.
New York: Pearson-Longman, 2006.
Keith Denning, Brett Kessler, and William R. Leben. English Vocabulary Elements.
Second Edition, Oxford, 2007.
As the only required language course for English majors, this class offers a general
grounding in English language topics, including sentence patterns, phrases, clauses,
word classes, syntax, and sentence construction. We will also work on vocabulary,
morphology, etymology, and the history of English—all important topics for understanding
how the language actually works. Most classes will center on the text books. We'll
average about sixty pages a week, working our way through the texts with a mix of
discussion, group activities, exercises, and quizzes.
Five basic grades will make up your semester average:
Attendance, exercises, daily grades 20%
Three one-hour tests 20% each
Tests will combine short-answer items and discussion topics. I'll give you study
guides beforehand; working all suggested activities in the class readings will also
be a big help.
Daily grades are quizzes over the day's readings or brief written comments on some
aspect of what you've read. Missing grades cannot be made up. You may miss two
daily grades with no penalty, but further misses count against your average. If
you pass all quizzes and get all short written assignments in on time, you qualify
for an 5-point bonus toward your class net average—enough to go from a C (75%) to
a B- (80%).
Attendance Policy: You are allowed up to three unexcused cuts. After you've missed
three classes, I'll want valid excuses. Anyone missing more than six classes without
a cast-iron excuse (something like a hospital stay) will be penalized five points
per cut on his or her final average or asked to drop the class.