ENG123R-4: Communicative Grammar

August 23, 2017 - December 5, 2017
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
W
1:00pm - 2:15pm
Schwartz Center 136
O'Connor, Jane
14827
Appropriate for First Year students.

Students who speak English as an additional language will research, analyze and practice English grammar to develop their knowledge of form, meaning, and usage in a communicative context.

English 123R is an intensive grammar course designed specifically to prepare students for whom English is an additional language for the communicative expectations and challenges they may encounter over the course their academic careers. This course will focus on researching, analyzing and practicing English grammar in order to develop students’ knowledge of form, meaning and usage, while providing continuous and responsive feedback. Through a variety of activities and texts we will study, practice and refine grammatical accuracy for the purpose of expressing clear and precise meanings. At times I will use lecture and focused activities to introduce specific grammar points that are important for additional language learners; in other lessons, students will discover the nuances of grammar usage by reading texts or using corpus linguistics; additionally, students will have ample opportunity to practice and apply what they have learned to revise and refine their own academic writing. We will look at both more serious “global” concerns that can affect a reader’s general comprehension of the work (such as verb tense) and less serious “local” concerns that can result in an impreciseness of meaning (such as verb form). What are the choices we make as we construct meaning and how can different choices affect meaning?

Permission only from Jane O'Connor. Class to be taken with English 101 with ESL support. Other students may request the class.

The schedule of courses on O.P.U.S. is the official listing of courses, including days and times they meet and the General Education Requirements they satisfy. Students should use course descriptions as general guidelines. Course requirements, grading details, book lists, and syllabi are subject to change.