Grammar 6a course syllabus

American Language Program, CSU EastBay, Winter 2017

Instructor: Karen Privitt

Office Hours: M 12:00 - 2:00 PM


Course Description

This course will focus on helping students develop an increased level of control over grammatical structures that can be used in both written and spoken English. Students in this class will be introduced to the rules for using specific grammatical forms, and given opportunities to strengthen their control over them by completing practice activities that emphasize the real-life applications of the structures.

Class Participation and Teamwork

In class you will often work in groups with your peers because these communication and teamwork skills will be very helpful for your future study and career. In order to receive full points for participation, you should arrive on time with the homework assignment completed and be ready for the lesson. You should participate actively in all classroom activities, ask questions, and contribute to group work. You must use English in the classroom at all times.

Course Goals

Upon completion of this class, students may be expected to demonstrate mastery over:

  • The Passive
  • Coordinating Conjunctions
  • Noun Clauses (including the use of the subjunctive following verbs of influence)
  • Adjective Clauses (including form, punctuation & placement)
  • Adverb Clauses of cause/ of effect/of contrast/of concession/ of condition/of time (including form, punctuation & placement)
  • Adjective/Adverb Clause Reductions (including form, punctuation & placement)
  • Connectives that Express Cause and Effect, Contrast, and Condition
  • Conditional Sentences
Required Materials
  • Understanding and Using English Grammar, 4th edition, by Betty S. Azar. with online account.
  • A folder to keep all of your handouts---these must be available in class.
  • A spiral notebook, where you will write out your practice exercises---bring these to class with you every day. You may be required to turn your notebook in at the end of the quarter.
Grading Criteria
  • Classwork 25%
  • Quizzes & Tests 25%
  • Assignments/Homework 25% (includes online assignments)
  • Final Exam* 25%

Your final grade will be determined as follows:

  • A 90-100%
  • B 80-89%
  • C 70-79%
  • D 60-69%
  • F <60%
* The required final exam will be given during the last week of class. Plan your trips accordingly.
Course Requirements and Expectations
Electronic devices are prohibited in class.

Homework: You will be expected to complete all textbook assignments and to copy the completed exercises into your notebook.

Assignments: Expect weekly assignments. Complete all of your homework and assignments on time.

Quizzes and Exams: Expect regular quizzes. No late make-up tests will be allowed.

Academic Honesty: It is helpful to study outside class with other students and share ideas. However, it is wrong to copy homework, help or cheat on a quiz or a test, or talk during a quiz or a test for any reason.

Also, it is plagiarism to copy materials someone else wrote as your own. Plagiarized work will not be accepted.

ALP Student Conduct Policy

An ALP student who violates an instructor’s class rules will receive a written warning via Horizon email from the instructor or from an ALP Director. If the student again violates class rules, that student may be disqualified from ALP effective immediately.

ALP Policy on Attendance and Academic Progress
As an F-1 student, you must attend all your classes every day and on time. If you do not do this, you may fail your classes (get “F” grades) and you could fall out of F-1 status. If you are absent for more than 20% of the meetings of a class, you may fail the class. (You may also fail the class for other reasons.) If you are 10 minutes late 3 times, your teacher will count those 3 late arrivals as 1 absence. However, even if you will be very late, you must go to class because it can improve your English and because you are required (as an F-1 student) to be in class every day.
  • If you get an “F” grade in an ALP class, you will be placed on Academic Probation.
  • If you get a “D” or “F” grade in a class that you are repeating, you can be disqualified from ALP.
  • If you are disqualified from ALP, you will have 15 days to transfer to another school or to leave the U.S.

If you are sick or injured, you should take care of your health. If you have to be absent because of health problems, you must email all your teachers to explain your absence, and also ask classmates for the homework assignments. Then you must do the homework assignments before the next class meeting. It is your responsibility to communicate with your teachers when you miss a class.

ALP Curriculum Objectives

In this highest level at ALP, students are challenged to develop their English skills, knowledge and study habits to the point of passing an IELTS or TOEFL exam, entering university classes and performing adequately as university students.

In view of this, the ALP has organized specific requirements for you to master or complete as part of this class.

The following represent a comprehensive list of those items.

As we move through the term, I will explain each item that I expect you to learn or complete, and how I will check your mastery or completion (ex: writing assignment, quiz, test, project, etc.)

ALP Student Learning Objectives for Grammar 6

Students will recognize and use in speaking and writing:

  • passive voice in all tenses and aspects
  • noun clauses (including the use of the subjunctive following verbs of influence)
  • adjective clauses (restrictive and non-restrictive clauses), including form, punctuation and placementadverb clauses (of cause/ of effect/of contrast/of concession/ of condition/of time), including form, punctuation and placement
  • adjective/adverb clause reductions, including form, punctuation & placement
  • coordinating conjunctions
  • connectives that express cause and effect, contrast, and condition
  • present, past, and future conditional sentences

Students may also be asked to review and demonstrate competence using grammatical structures introduced in Levels 4 and 5.

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