ENGL 105 Grammar & Communication • 5 Cr.
Provides an analytical overview of English grammar and sentence patterns, with emphasis on how language creates meaning. Students learn to clarify and control their own writing and understand the basic grammatical structures of foreign languages. Prerequisite: Placement by assessment; or ENGL 092 or 093 with a C- or better.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Identify basic parts of speech (e.g. articles, nouns, adjectives, verbs)
- Describe the structure, function, and punctuation of phrases (e.g., noun phrases, adverb phrases, verb phrases) and identify these elements in their own writing
- Describe the structure, function, and punctuation of clauses and identify these elements in their own writing
- Describe the basic sentence patterns of English (e.g., subject-verb, subject-verb-direct object, subject-linking verb-complement, etc.) and identify these patterns in their own writing
- Describe some of the basic transformations of these patterns (e.g., passive voice, inversions, relative clauses, verbal phrases, etc.) and identify these in their own writing
- Identify and use the major verb tenses in English
- Demonstrate their understanding of the fundamentals by editing their own writing to improve communication
- Identify some of the basic differences between the sentence patterns and conventions of English and those of other languages (e.g., word order, use of tenses, gender agreement, cases, etc.)