ESL 970G Advanced
Grammar Review and Editing, 3 units
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Description | Prerequisites | Course
Content | Books & Materials | Instruction
& Evaluation | Instructor | Schedule
- Students review English grammar
and learn to edit grammatical, mechanical and word usage errors in their writing.
This includes intensive review and editing of verb tenses; modals; conditionals;
active and passive voice; articles and nouns; prepositional, adjectival and
adverbial phrases; word forms; word usage; subject-verb-pronoun agreement;
sentence parts; sentence patterns; sentence boundaries; and mechanics.
- In the online section of this
course, instruction will take place by email, fax, World Wide Web and other
technologically mediated transmissions. Students must
have Internet access, an email account, and a web browser. Minimum
48 hours online. Credit/No Credit option. May be repeated twice.
- Qualifying score on the ESL Placement
Test or successful completion of ESL 960G, ESL 960RW and ESL 960LS.
placement exam information and dates
- Entering students should be able
to demonstrate basic skills in keyboarding (a), email usage and web-browsing
- a. CA 010 Beginning Computer
- b. CA 073 Internet, Hands-On
1. Student Course Objectives
At the conclusion of the course,
students will be able to:
- a. Identify with 70% accuracy
the grammatical elements (e.g., sentence parts, tenses, parts of speech) in
passages written in standard English (grammar recognition)
- b. Identify with 70% accuracy
grammatical, lexical, sentential and mechanical errors in passages written
in non-standard English by other non-native writers (peer editing)
- c. Monitor and correct
with 70% accuracy grammatical, lexical, sentential and mechanical errors in
one's own writing (self editing)
2. Outline of topics to be addressed
in course by instructor
- a. Review and identification
of grammatical, lexical, sentential and mechanical elements in passages written
by writers of standard English.
- (1) Verb tenses (e.g., simple
past, present progressive, future perfect)
- (2) Modals (e.g., could, may,
- (3) Conditionals (e.g., present
unreal vs. future possible)
- (4) Voice (i.e., Active vs. Passive)
- (5) Articles and nouns (e.g.,
count vs. noncount)
- (6) Prepositional, adjectival
and adverbial phrases
- (7) Word forms (e.g., verb, noun,
adjective, adverb; -ate, -ation, -ary, -arily)
- (8) Word usage (including idioms
- (9) Subject-verb-pronoun agreement
- (10) Sentence parts (e.g., Subject
- (11) Sentence patterns (e.g.,
Subject + Intransitive verb, Subject + Intransitive verb + Complement, Subject
+ Transitive verb + Object, Subject + passive verb)
- (12) Sentence boundaries (e.g.,
fragments, run-together sentences)
- (13) Mechanics (i.e., Capitalization,
- b. Identification of grammatical,
lexical, sentential and mechanical elements in passages written in non-native
or non-standard English.
- c. Analysis and correction
of grammatical, lexical, sentential and mechanical errors in students' own
- d. Written comparison and
contrast of cultural, linguistic, social, and educational backgrounds and
experiences of students in the class.
BOOKS AND MATERIALS
- Applied English Grammar,
by Patricia Byrd and Beverly Benson, published by Thomson/Heinle.
- Available at the Mission College Bookstore, 3000 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95054-1897, Tel: (408) 855-5076.
2. Additional readings
- a. Workplace writing documents
- b. Newspapers, magazines,
dictionaries, grammar handbooks (paper and online)
- c. Web resources such as
online dictionaries, articles, and interactive sites for developing writing
and grammar skills
OF INSTRUCTION and EVALUATION
Review, analysis and correction of
elements of written English may be conducted by means of
- a. lectures and discussion
(in the online section, online lectures and discussion boards)
- b. links to World Wide
- c. synchronous and asynchronous
- d. facsimile
- e. other technologically
2. Quizzes and Exams
- Stidemts tale timed quizzes and
exams at cvc.blackboard.com.
3. Writing Assignments
Stidemts submit sentences
and short paragraphs in the Discussion Board forums and the Digital Drop boxat
4. Evaluation & Grades
- Students are graded on the accuracy,
fluency and timeliness of weekly writing, participation in discussions requiring
critical thinking skills, quizzes, and a final exam. 25% quizzes, 25% writing
assignments, 25% midterm exam, 25% final exam.
3000 Mission College Blvd.
Santa Clara, CA 95054-1897
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