SUFFOLK COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

SELDEN, NEW YORK

 

Course Outline

 

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: gilzind@sunysuffolk.edu                                            Web page: www2.sunysuffolk.edu/gilzind

 

 

Objectives of the course:

TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE SUCCESSFULLY YOU MUST:

1. 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.

3. discuss the pedagogic and social implications of language study, including distinctions between
language competence and performance, distinctions between descriptive and prescriptive grammars,
and the principal interests of psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics.

4. identify and define the principal schools of grammar: traditional (prescriptive), structural, and
generative-transformational.

5. describe words by parts of speech (traditional grammar) and by form/function classes (structural
grammar).

6. describe the syntax of phrase, clause, and sentence by both traditional and transformational
methods.

 

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:

Your final grade will be determined by my evaluation of your entire semester's work, with special
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.

-If 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.

-You may not leave class before the end of the session. Other disruptions such as chatting, eating,
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 is
 your responsibility to acquire class notes and assignments when you miss class.

 

Textbooks:

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,

Participial & Absolute                          Emery ex 12A (127-28), Clark: Crystal
                                                                                    (629-32) Heny (634-54)

17.           Language Acquisition and Use                   Clark: "Developmental" (556-58),                              

                                                                                         Aitchison (560-77)         

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),
                                                                                                Roberts (267-75)

23.           Language Variety

24.           Language Variety and Review for Final Examination

25.           FINAL EXAMINATION