EI121 Beginning Grammar I

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EI 121 Beginning Grammar I


FA 2011 HO


Greenlaw, Cybelle


PhD/ Classical Art and Archaeology, Trinity College Dublin
TESOL/TESL Certification/Oxford Seminars

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Semester Dates

August 15, 2011-December 9, 2011

Class Days


Class Time

10:00 - 10:50 AM

Credit Hours



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Course Description:
EI121 Beginning Grammar I: 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 words and basis adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, and conjunctions. The focuts at this level is on simple sentences. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

The teacher's role is to help students become effective learners. Language acquisition should be an organic process that allows individuals to work at their own pace, and the teacher must respect each learner’s abilities and needs.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Practice and demonstrate the uses of the simple and continuous aspects of the past and present tenses, in addition to future forms
  2. Identify the two main categories of noun in English in singular and plural. Demonstrate an understanding of subject-verb agreement, quantifiers, and articles.
  3. Recognize general differences in the grammatical structure of English and that of their native language.
  4. Practice subject, object and possessive pronouns.
  5. Acquire a useful vocabulary of basic descriptive adjectives and adverbs and prepositions/prepositional phrases of time and place.
Class Assessment:

1.       Students will have regular quizzes on course material. 30% of grade

2.       Final exam during the last week of class. 10% of grade

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

4.       Students will keep a grammar journal in which they note points of grammar that interest or confuse them, as well as ways in which their native language resembles or differs from English. 20%

5.       Participation. Students must attend class regularly and participate in all activities. 20% of grade


The grading scale is as follows:

90 – 100: A

80 – 89%: B

66 – 79%: C

50 - 65%: D

Below 50%: F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late submissions will not be accepted, except by prior approval or extenuating circumstances.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Please come to class with a positive attitude and a willingness to participate, respect the opinions and contributions of others, and turn off cell phones during class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1: Aug. 15-19
Exercises provided by instructor

Week 2: Aug. 22-26
Introductions, questions, pronouns, there is/are

Week 3: Aug. 29-Sep. 2

Home and family

yes/no questions, be+ negative, questions with be and have

Week 4: Sep. 6-9 (No class Sep. 5, Labor Day)

Articles, adjectives, this/that/these/those,

Possessive nouns, present progressive

Week 5: Sep. 12-16

Current Events and Activities

Present progressive questions,

Plural nouns, present progressive

Week 6: Sep. 19-23
Daily routines

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

Week 7: Sep. 26-30

Polite requests

present progressive vs. simple present,

WH questions, would you like and I’d like

Week 8: Oct. 3-7


It+ time, date, weather, day, and time

Prepositions of location

Fall Break: October 10-15

Week 10: Oct. 17-21

Eating Out

Object pronouns

Count/noncount nouns,

a/an/the, quantifiers

Week 11: Oct. 24-28


Questions with how many/much

Simple past of be

Week 12: Oct. 31-Nov. 4

Questions with was/were

Simple past of regular and irregular verbs

Week 13: Nov. 7-10 (No class Nov. 11)

Long Ago

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

WH questions in simple past

Week 14: Nov. 14-18

Looking forward

Be going to, yes/no with be, going to

Week 15: Nov. 21-23 (No class Nov. 24-25 for Thanksgiving)

Plans and Predictions

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

Week 16: Nov. 28-Dec. 2

Review and final exam

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Attendance Policy:
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, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  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 "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  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.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

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