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Peter E. Messinger
ENGL 100
Seattle Campus

Language Structure I

The first course in an academic writing sequence for non-native speakers of English, focusing on improving accuracy at the word, phrase and clause levels. Instruction provides repeated exposure to and engagement with practical formal vocabulary in academic contexts. ENGL 100, 101, and 102 must be taken consecutively. Offered: AWSpS.

Class description

100C Grammar: 1. Sentence structure (clauses, phrases, subject/verb, run-ons, fragments) 2. Verb Tenses (all tenses in the past, present and future time frames) 3. Active vs. Passive verb forms (all tenses, transitive/intransitive issues, style attributes) 4. Relative Clauses (adjective clauses, relative pronouns, reduced clauses) 5. Adverbial Clauses (conjunctive adverbs, cause-effect, contrast, time clauses, transition expressions) 6. Participial Phrases (reduction of clauses to phrases) 7. Conditional Structures (real vs. unreal, reduced, implied) 8. Noun Clauses (relative pronouns, placement in sentences, word order)

Vocabulary: Lists 1-8 (word forms, usage in context, spelling, collocation, multiple meanings)

Writing: Short grammatical paragraphs (100-150 words)written under time pressure with minimal errors in sentence structure, vocabulary, verb forms, noun phrases and forms(including articles), prepositions and word forms.

5 Sentence Combining exercises assigned in addition to programmed web materials.

Student learning goals

Control of sentence structure in writing

Control and choice of verb forms with appropriate collocations

Control of word forms in context

Recognition and use in context of 8 vocabulary word lists

Ability to write rapidly and edit the result in a given time frame

General method of instruction

Self-directed with instructor feedback according to a schedule of deadlines for submission of work.

Recommended preparation

Do all assigned work in this course. There is a clear correlation between completion of assignments, processing of feedback, completion of exams and success in this course.

Class assignments and grading

Preparation exercises are to be completed prior to submitting graded exercises for feedback. Completion of all assigned work will affect the final grade in a positive manner.

If a student passes the final exam with 70%, he/she passes the course. Depending on percentage of assigned work and percentage grade on the final exam, the grade increases upward from 2.0.

If a student fails the final exam with less than 70%, he/she fails the course. Final grade will be a maximum of 1.9, depending on percentage of assigned work completed.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Peter E. Messinger
Date: 03/29/2008