EI221 Intermediate Grammar

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EI 221 Intermediate Grammar


FA 2007 HO


Torkelson, Susan I.


Adjunct Faculty


M.A. English Literature
B.A. English Literature / Secondary Education

Office Hours

By appointment




Semester Dates

August 20 - December 14, 2007

Class Days


Class Time

10:00 - 10:50 AM



Credit Hours



Azar, Betty Schrampfer:  Fundamentals of English Grammar, Pearson Education, White Plaines, NY, 2003

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Course Description:
Students in EI 221, Intermediate Grammar, revisit and expand their acquaintance with basic verb tense/aspect categories, adding the perfect aspect. The different aspects of English verbs are contrasted, in order to better explain and demonstrate their use and distribution. Students' knowledge of categories (such as nouns, etc.) and structures (such as phrases, clauses, etc.) is expanded. The passive voice and factual, future, and present unreal conditionals are introduced. Students' use and become more familiar with modals. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
This instructor believes it is her role to present important information with clarity, paced for permanent acquisition of material, and organized so that students can recognize a larger context for individual lessons.   Secondly, she believes it is essential to create a warm, inclusive culture within the classroom so that students will want to communicate and enjoy the trail and error process of learning a new language.

Class Assessment:

Participation.  You are expected to attend class and to participate.  You will be asked to answer and formulate questions, to write on the board and to participate in group presentations.  Attendance and participation determine 25 percent of your grade.

Homework.  Each class session you will be assigned homework on new or review material and are expected to submit it the next session neatly written and labeled with name and lesson number.  Homework assignments determine 25 percent of your grade.

Grammar Tests.  You will be presented with five unit tests and a final exam.  Before the test, you will be given detailed information about the material to be covered.  You are expected to take every test.  If you must be absent on a test day, you can arrange to take the test during the following class session.  Test scores will determine 50 percent of your grade.


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Late Submission of Course Materials:
In the event of unavoidable absence, homework assignments will be accepted the following class session without penalty.  Homework assignments not submitted receive a grade of zero.  In the event of unavoidable absence, unit tests may be taken one to two class sessions after the test date without penalty.  Tests not taken earn the student a grade of zero.  (Simple math will determine how a grade of zero impacts a grade point average.)

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Please attend every class session and arrive on time. Be prepared and ready to participate.  Bring your positive attitude and help us make this class enjoyable and productive.  Turn cell phones off please.  Give your classmates your full attention for the time class is in session.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:





Weeks 1-2

August 20 thru 31. Review of verb tenses;

Present including “be,” “have” and frequency adverbs

Present progressive

Chapter 1: All exercises,

Chapter 5: PP. 121-128.

Homework: Composing statements and questions in tenses under consideration

Unit Test One

Master auxiliary verbs for each tense.

Write accurate questions and negative statements in each tense.

Ask and answer “wh” questions in these tenses.

Understand the concept of non-progressive verbs.

Weeks 3-5

September 3 thru 21.

Review of simple past tenses and habitual past “used to”.

Review of parts of speech.

Review of subject and object pronouns.

Introduction to possessive, reflexive and indefinite pronouns and possessive nouns.

Review of plural nouns.

Introduction to count/noncount nouns and expressions of quantity.

Chapter 2 all exercises,

Chapter 6, PP. 152-180.

Chapter 11, all exercises.

Homework: Compose narratives in simple past and habitual past tenses.

Compose E-mails using all forms of pronouns.

Write inventories using count/noncount nouns.

Unit Test Two

Master auxiliary verbs in simple past tense.

Use habitual past in all forms and proper contexts.

Memorize past tenses of many common irregular verbs.

Add pronouns to oral and written communication.

Build vocabulary of count/noncount nouns.

Weeks 6-8

September 24 thru October 12.

Express future time in four tenses.

Introduce future and habitual present time clauses

Review past progressive tense.

Recognize and use time clauses with simple past and past progressive tenses.

Chapter 3, all exercises

Homework: Write complex sentences using future, habitual present, simple past and past progressive time clauses. Write a vacation plan including necessary and optional activities.

Unit Test Three

Recognize and use increasingly complex sentences to discuss the past and the future.

Week 9 – Spring Break

October 15 thru 19

Weeks 10-12

October 22 thru November 9. Introduction to present perfect and present perfect progressive tenses.

Introduction to concept of modal verbs and individual modal verbs concerning requests and ability.

Chapter 4, all exercises.

Chapter 7, all exercises.

Homework: Write statements and questions regarding ability.

Ask for and offer to help with common tasks.

Write paired sentences using present perfect and simple past tenses. Write questions in present perfect tense with “ever”

Unit Test Four.

Master structure and usage of present perfect and present perfect progressive tenses.

Build a vocabulary of modal verbs.

Weeks 13-15

November 12 thru 30.

Introduction to forms of "other".

Introduction to comparative and superlative adjectives and adverbs.

Use of expressions of equality and similarity.

Introduction to indirect objects

Chapter 6, PP 181-188.

Chapter 9, all exercises.

Supplemental material on indirect object.

Homework: Write sentences using forms of "other."

Write sentences using comparative and superlative adjectives and adverbs as well as expressions of equality and similarity.

Write statements expressing the same ideas with indirect objects or with prepositional phrases.

Unit Test Five

Increase sentence versatility with indirect objects.

Build a vocabulary of expressions that are used to make comparisons.

Weeks 16-17

December 3 thru 14. Introduce infinitives and gerunds in verb phrases..

Chapter 13, all exercises.

Review for final exam.

Final Exam – December 10

Use review to establish relationships among parts of speech, expressions, verb tenses and clauses covered during the semester.

The above is subject to change

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Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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 "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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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