Advanced English Grammar (First Quarter Level Four)
Class Meetings: MWF
Instructor: Michael Buckhoff Office Phone: 880-5978 (Leave message)
Office Hours: F 1:00- 3:00 PM
Class Period: 9:20-10:30 MWF
S 11:00-12:50 PM
ºThree ring binder/notebook, 200
sheets loose leaf college ruled notebook paper, and five reinforced index
öGrammar Dimensions: Form,
Meaning, and Use: Book Four; Jan Frodesen and Janet Eyring (1993). Boston:
Heinle and Heinle Publishers. ISBN 0-8384-397-13
The foundation of the English language, English grammar allows a person in
an almost unlimited way to combine words to create new sentences, many of
which are uttered for the first time. In fact, any twenty word sentence used
in English probably is the first sentence in that word order in all of our
country’s history! Being able to use the grammar creatively will help you to
improve your listening, speaking, writing, and reading skills.
We will be looking at the interdependence between grammar and
communication. Three primary aspects of grammar will be considered: meaning,
form, and use. This approach to grammar encourages meaningful and appropriate
use of structures. Since Grammar Dimensions: Form, Meaning, and Use: Book Four
is aimed at the advanced learner, we will be focusing on the grammatical
structures needed in technical/academic reading and writing.
At the beginning of the class, we will take a diagnostic grammar test to
pinpoint what areas in the grammar book will be best for this class. Then I
will create a course outline based on a statistical analysis of the weaknesses
of the class as a whole.
English Grammar Web Sites:
Many students have not realized the potential benefits of using the
Internet for grammar study. During scheduled times in the computer lab, I will
give you time to practice English grammar online. During this class session,
be sure to ask questions when you see a grammar question that you do not
Here is a short list of Web Sites that you can use during this class
1. Michael Buckhoff's English Grammar self-study quizzes:
2. English Structure for Academic Purposes (Information about Adjective,
adverb, and noun clauses):http://deil.lang.uiuc.edu/class.pages/Structure1/Salzmann_index.html#adjcl
3. Building Clauses: http://www.uottawa.ca/academic/arts/writcent/hypergrammar/bldcls.html
4. Dave Sperling’s ESL Grammar Web Links (66 in all!): http://www.eslcafe.com/search/Grammar/
I expect everyone to come to class and be ready to participate in all
exercises both oral and written. You will take several quizzes during the
quarter. The quizzes and the homework assignments are designed to give you
practice solving language problems relating to grammar. Make sure that you
complete all homework assignments.
Assignments submitted after the due date will not be accepted. In
other words, you will receive no points. I will only allow you to make up
missed work if you have a written documented excuse from someone stating the
urgency of the situation (e.g. Doctor’s note, CHP accident report, etc.). Homework
assignments are to be completed before the class on the day that they are due.
Late work will not be accepted. You may not make up a quiz if you are
absent. You may not make up the midterm or final for this class. You must take
it on the scheduled date in order to receive credit.
Your attendance is required at all class meetings. Only written documented
excuses for an absence may result in your making up a graded assignment or
graded daily work. Absences endanger your grade simply because you are missing
out in the learning process. Three absences will result in an overall
reduction of one full letter grade and five absences will result in a failing
grade for this class.
Come to class on time. Three tardies will be counted as an absence. If you
arrive fifteen minutes late or more, you will be counted absent for that class
period. If you do come late to class, please enter quietly so as not to
distract the other students. Do not explain to me why you are late.
The number letter grading scale is set as follows:
NP 69& below
Your final grade will be calculated as follows:
Attendance and Participation 10%
Midterm (sixth week) 15%
Final (eleventh Week) 15%
Grammar Four Outline: Winter Quarter
Using the statistical results from the TOEFL Diagnostic test that you took
last week, I have developed a course outline for our grammar class. Here are
some of the suggested topics for our grammar class.
Unit 1 Verb tenses
Correlates with TOEFL Skill "Using the past with the present"
Unit 2 Verbs: Aspects and time frames
Correlates with TOEFL Skill "Have + the verb form: perfective
Unit 4 Passive verbs
Correlates with TOEFL Skill "Passive Voice; recognizing active and
Unit 5 Article usage
Correlates with TOEFL Skill "Count, uncount nouns; articles and
Unit 7, 8 Relative clauses: modifying subjects and modifying objects
Correlates with TOEFL Skill "Adjective clauses: subject and object
connectors; reduced adjective clauses with active and passive meanings"
Unit 11 Correlative conjunctions
Correlates with TOEFL Skill "Parallel structure with paired
Unit 12 Sentence connectors
Correlates with TOEFL Skill " Using coordinators and other sentence
Unit 16 Reducing adverb clauses
Correlates with TOEFL Skill "Reducing adverb clauses"
Unit 17 Preposition clusters
Correlates with TOEFL Skill "Recognizing when prepositions have been
Unit 20 Adjective complements in subject and predicate position
Correlates with TOEFL Skill "Word order of adjectives"
Unit 21 Noun complements taking That clauses
Correlates with TOEFL Skill "Noun clauses"