SUFFOLK COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
SELDEN, NEW YORK
Catalog Number: EG 33 (ENG 119) Course Title: The Structure of English
Instructor: Dr Donald Gilzinger Jr Semester: Spring 2005
My Office: Islip 2K Office Hours: M, T, Th 10:45-12:15, W 12:15-1:45
Phone: 451.4095 [inc. voice mail] Other hours available by appointment
or Dept. Office: 451.4159
Email: email@example.com Web page: www2.sunysuffolk.edu/gilzind
Objectives of the course:
TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE SUCCESSFULLY YOU MUST:
learn the history of the English language, with emphasis on (a) the major
historical periods: Old,
Middle, and Modern; (b) the shift of English from synthetic to analytic; and (c) the contributions of other
languages and cultures to English.
2. analyze words by form, function, and etymology, with particular emphasis on roots and affixes.
discuss the pedagogic and social implications of language study, including
language competence and performance, distinctions between descriptive and prescriptive grammars,
and the principal interests of psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics.
identify and define the principal schools of grammar: traditional
(prescriptive), structural, and
describe words by parts of speech (traditional grammar) and by form/function
describe the syntax of phrase, clause, and sentence by both traditional and
Your requirements for completion of the course:
-read all assigned material, including background material, as required by the instructor.
-complete all in-class exercises.
-complete all homework assignments [LATE homework will receive a LOWER grade].
-pass two comprehensive tests and multiple quizzes.
-actively and consistently participate in class discussions.
-In order to pass EG 33, you must hand in all assignments and take all tests and quizzes.
Procedure for grading:
final grade will be determined by my evaluation of your entire semester's work,
emphasis on the completion of the course objectives. However, grading will generally adhere to
the following: mid-term and final: 50%, quizzes and exercises: 40%, class participation: 10% = 100%
Regarding your attendance and courtesy:
-Attendance is mandatory. You may be absent three (3) times. I will drop
you from the course after
four (4) absences and give you a grade of W or F depending on my discretion. There are no
exceptions, so please plan accordingly.
you are late you must assume personal responsibility to ensure that I
alter the attendance record
at the end of class. I will not change the record at a later date.
may not leave class before the end of the session. Other disruptions such as
passing notes, and sleeping are unacceptable. TURN OFF your phones, pagers, and all other
electronics before class begins.
-ABSENCE IS NOT AN EXCUSE FOR FAILING TO COMPLETE ASSIGNED WORK; therefore, it
your responsibility to acquire class notes and assignments when you miss class.
Emery, Kierzek, and Lindblom. English Fundamentals. Form A, 13th ed. (2004)
Clark, Eschholz, and Rosa. Language: Readings in Language and Culture. 6th ed. (1998)
Outline of topics: (subject to change as needed):
SESSION TOPIC: ASSIGNMENT FOR NEXT CLASS:
1. Introduction Emery ch 1
2. Subjects and verbs Emery ex 1(7-8), ch 2
3. Parts of speech Emery ex 2 (17-18), ch 3
4. Intransitive sentences Emery ex 3 (29-30), ch 4
and their Complements
5. Transitive sentences Emery ex 4
(37), Clark: Daniels (43-59),
and their Complements Falk (442-66)
6. Humankind and Language Clark: Roberts
(420-29), Aitchison (431-40),
Lord's Prayer (470-71)
7. History of the English Language Emery ch 5
8. Auxiliary verbs Emery ex 5 (45-46), ch 6
9. Passive forms, Questions, Negation Emery ex 6 (55), ch 7
10. Compound sentences, Coordination Emery ex 7 (67-68)
11. Review for Mid-Term Examination
12. MID-TERM EXAMINATION Emery ch 8
13. Complex sentences, Emery ex 8 (79-80), ch 9
Subordination: Adverb clauses
14. Subordination: Adjective clauses Emery ex 9 (89), ch 10
15. Subordination: Noun clauses Emery ex 10 (101), ch 11-12
16. Phrases: Gerund, Infinitive,
Absolute Emery ex 12A (127-28), Clark: Crystal
(629-32) Heny (634-54)
17. Language Acquisition and Use Clark: "Developmental" (556-58),
18. Language Acquisition and Use Emery ch 21
19. Verbs: principal parts, tense Emery ex 21(234), ch 22
20. Verbs: S/V agreement Emery ex 22 (241-42), ch 23
21. Pronouns: reference and agreement Emery ex 23 (251), ch 24
22. Pronouns: case Emery ex
24 (261-62), Clark: Jacobs (183-87),
23. Language Variety
24. Language Variety and Review for Final Examination
25. FINAL EXAMINATION