ENGL 3340 The English Language: Grammar

Dr. Susan Garza
Office: FC 267 or CCH 126
Contact Info and Office Hours

Required Texts and Materials
Lester, M. (2001). Grammar in the Classroom. (2nd Ed.). Dallas: MacMillan
5 scantrons
http://moodle.tamucc.edu enrollment key: grammar

Course Description and Objectives
English 3340 provides the teacher trainee and English language student with the fundamental concepts of English syntax. It follows a framework of linguistic concepts intended to provide a structure which the future teacher can use to teach its application in the elementary or secondary classroom. This class is also intended to provide students with new ways to analyze the structure of the English language and a new sensitivity/awareness of language issues.

The objectives of the course are the following

  • The student will be able to distinguish between prescriptive and descriptive approaches to grammar;
  • The student will be able to analyze language using both traditional and structural models;
  • The student will be made aware of differing opinions on language correctness and language descriptions;
  • The student will become more knowledgeable about and conversant in classroom grammar issues.


  • 5 Quizzes (keep 4 highest grades) || 40% of final grade
  • Reflection Paper || 20% of final grade
  • Homework || 40% of final grade
    Grades: A = 100-90%; B = 89-80%; C = 79-70%; D = 69-60%; F = below 69
    No more than two late assignments over the course of the semester will be accepted.

Attendance, Respect and Responsibility
Exams cover material from the text, handouts, and class lecture; therefore, class attendance is critical. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to find out from a classmate what you missed. Please exchange telephone numbers with at least one other classmate as soon as possible.

After 3 absences your grade can be reduced up to 10% of your final grade. I also place great emphasis on Respect and Responsibility. Your grade can be reduced up to 10% of your final grade for failure to meet these expectations.

Students are expected to "demonstrate a high level of maturity, self-direction and ability to manage their own affairs" and to "conduct themselves in accordance with the highest standards of academic honesty." Please refer to the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi General Academic Policies and Regulations for complete information.

Tips for Succeeding
This is a required class for many education majors. Learning the correct grammatical terms and forms is essential for this group of students who will need and use this knowledge in their own classrooms. The class is not difficult but it can be challenging. To do well in this class you must simply do the following:

  • Be prepared for class. You will not fully understand the work we do in class unless you have done the assigned reading for that day.
  • Do the exercises. The chapters have numerous exercises that will be assigned during the semester. The answers are in the back of the book so you can check your answers and isolate your problem areas. You will also be given extra exercises if you need more practice.
  • Ask questions. If you have done the reading and the exercises but still do not fully understand the material, be sure to ask questions during class. Although I want to encourage you to ask for help/clarification during class (your classmates probably have the same questions), I also realize that some students are not comfortable doing so. If this is the case, please come to my office during my office hours or make an appointment to meet with me at another time.
  • Attend class. Since the exams cover material from class lecture as well as from the handouts and book, you will succeed only if you attend class regularly.

If you are having trouble understanding the material, it is up to you to come and see me. If you have any questions at all (grading system, etc.), stop by my office during office hours or make an appointment to see me. Please take responsibility for your education and learning.

Important Notes

  • This course assumes you have completed the University Core requirements in Composition and Literature.
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Services Office at (361) 825-5816, Driftwood 101.
  • Academic Advising: The College of Arts and Humanities requires that students meet with an Academic Advisor as soon as they are ready to declare a major. The Academic Advisor will set up a degree plan, which must be signed by the student, a faculty mentor, and the department chair. The College's Academic Advising Center is located in Driftwood 203E, and can be reached at 825-3466.

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