Department of English Department of English College of Arts and Sciences
Course Descriptions
Dr. Emily Thrush


Engl 7535, ESL Grammar, will help familiarize students with the basic structure of English, particularly those areas that cause most difficulty for non-native speakers. The course has several goals. One, TESL students become familiar with grammatical terminology and practice identifying and labeling sentence structures. Two, they develop an understanding of how English syntax works to convey meaning. Third, they familiarize themselves with various techniques of teaching grammar to those whose first language is not English. Beyond these goals, there are other ancillary ones, including an understanding of why errors occur in second language writing and speaking and some specific interference problems between English and other languages.

Aims and Organization: The primary objective of this course is to give participants an understanding of grammatical features of the English language which are most troublesome to non-native speakers. Those topics include the article system, the auxiliary system, the structure of idiomatic expressions and inflectional endings. Participants discover how to explain to the ESL learner those elements of the language which are routine and intuitive for native speakers of English. Participants also compare types of ESL grammar texts with respect to their linguistic bases. Web classes consist of exercises meant to test understanding of the readings, discussions on the discussion board, links to internet sites providing helpful information.

Required Texts:

Nunan, Grammar. McGraw-Hill. ISBN 0073103098

Byrd and Benson. Applied English Grammar. 1st ed. ISBN-10: 0030335280

(Available from the University Bookstore or online from or

Assignments and Written Work: The participants complete assignments and quizzes. Through short written assignments, they also demonstrate the ability to locate and label errors in ESL student writing.


Each module consists of readings, usually from both textbooks, exercises to be submitted to the Dropbox, a quiz and discussion questions to be answered on the  discussion board. Complete each module by the date indicated on the Modules page.


Module assignments 50%

Final Exam 20%

Discussion Board 15%

Quizzes 15%

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