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Course Description

This course is designed to help students improve their grammar usage so that they will be able to expand their use of grammar structures in oral and written communication. Students begin the study of more sophisticated grammar structures such as past perfect, passive voice, and modal auxiliaries for past time, and they review present perfect and modals for present and future time. Students will enhance their understanding of grammar by comparing and contrasting new and previously encountered structures and better appreciate the subtleties of English grammar. PREREQUISITE: ESL 543 with a grade of 'C' or better or ESL Assessment Test Recommendation. ADVISORY: Recommended concurrent enrollment in ESL 552 and ESL 553.

Learning Outcomes

  • Use the following verb tenses: simple present, present continuous, simple past, past continuous, simple future, present perfect, present perfect continuous, past perfect, and past perfect continuous. Write original sentences using these verb tenses.
  • Compare and contrast the use of modal auxiliaries and phrases within single sentences and in paragraphs in order to decipher meaning and nuance.
  • Read model paragraphs and explain the purpose and effect of the passive voice. Convert active sentence to passive and vice-versa while maintaining the proper tense correlation. Write original sentences and paragraphs utilizing either active or passive voice where appropriate.
  • Compare and contrast verb tenses and modal auxiliaries to determine differences in use, meaning, and function of each.
  • Select and apply verb tenses to different contexts and time frames (past, present, and future time).

Last modified: November 25, 2014
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