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EI 121 Beginning Grammar I
Osborne, Deborah

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EI 121 Beginning Grammar I


FA 2006 HO


Osborne, Deborah


Coordinator of EIL at Park University



Office Location

Herr House 8

Office Hours

TR 8 - 10 a.m.

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

Aug. 21 - Dec. 15

Class Days


Class Time

10:00 - 10:50 AM

Credit Hours




Butler, Linda. Basic Grammar Links. boston: Houghton Mifflin Ltd., 2003

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Course Description:
This course introduces the beginning level student to the basic grammar of English. The principal tenses and aspects of the verb system will be covered, as well as the noun system, fundamentals of the way the English article works, and basic adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, and conjunctions. The focus at this level is on simple sentences. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:


The role of a teacher is to help students develop the skills they need in order to be active and involved learners. Language learning must proceed at the learner's pace, with respect and attention paid to each individual's strengths and weaknesses.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Practice and demonstrate the uses of the simple and continuous aspects of the past and present tenses, as well as the two forms of the future
  2. Identify the two main categories of noun in English in singular and plural, and link this to grammatical consequences such as verb agreement, quantifiers, and articles
  3. Recognize general differences in grammatical strategies between their native language and English
  4. Practice subject, object, and possessive pronouns
  5. Assemble a working vocabulary of basic descriptive adjectives and adverbs, and prepositions/prepositional phrases of time and place
Class Assessment:


1. Quizzes: Students will write weekly quizzes on course material. 20% of grade

2. Tests: Students will write unit tests upon completion of each unit in the text. 305 of grade

3. Homework: Students will have regular homework assignments. 20% of grade

4. Grammar journal: Students will keep a weekly journal in which they note points of grammar that interest or confuse them; and wys in which their native language differs from or is similar to English. 205 of grade

5. Participation. Students must attend class and participate in activities. 10% of grade



See above

Late Submission of Course Materials:


The instructor will not accept assignments submitted late, except by pre-arrangement, or due to extenuating circumstances.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:


Please come to class with a positive attitude. For courtesy's sake, turn off your cell phone while in class. It is expected that you will listen to the opinions and contributions of others with the same respect that you would like to receive yourself.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


Topic/grammar focus



1: Aug. 21 – 25






Text: Introduction


2. Aug. 28 – Sept. 1



Friends/the Classroom

Introductions, questions, pronouns, there is/are


Text ch. 1, 2


3. Sept. 4 – 8

No class Sept. 4 (Labor Day)




Home and Family

Yes/no questions, be+ negative, questions with be, have


Text ch. 3


4. Sept. 11 - 15






Articles, adjectives, this/that/these/those, possessive nouns, present progressive



Text ch. 4, 5


5. Sept. 18 - 22





Current Events and Activities

Present progressive questions, plural nouns, present prog. negative, can


Text ch. 5, 6



6.Sept. 25 – 29

No class Sept. 29






What about you? Daily routines

And, but, or; simple present, simple present  yes/no questions


Text ch. 6, 7


7. Oct. 2 - 6







Polite requests

Present progressive vs. simple present

Simple present negative, WH questions, would you like, I'd like


Text ch. 7, 8


8.Oct. 9 – 13

No class Oct. 13







It + time, date, weather, day, time

Prepositions of location


Text ch. 8, 9


9. Oct. 16 – 20

No class






10. Oct. 23 - 26





Eating out

Object pronouns, count/noncount nouns, a/an/the, quantifiers



Text ch. 9, 10



11. Oct. 30 – Nov. 3

No class Nov. 3






Questions with how many/how much

Simple past tense of be




Text ch. 10, 11


12. Nov. 6 – 10

No class Nov. 10 (Veteran's Day)




Questions with was/were; simple past of regular & irregular verbs


Text ch. 11


13. Nov. 13 - 17





Long Ago

Yes/no questions in simple past, negative in simple past, WH question in simple past


Text ch. 12


14. Nov. 20 – 24

No class Nov. 24 (Thanksgiving)




Looking Forward

Be going to, yes/no with be going to


Text ch 13


15. Nov. 27 – Dec. 1




Plans and Predictions

Will, questions with will, will vs. be going to



Text ch. 14


16: Dec. 4 - 8








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  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
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  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "W".
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  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

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