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ELL 109 - Grammar and Writing Accuracy

Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 2
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: General
This course supports the accuracy of English grammar in paragraph and essay writing for advanced English language learners. It reviews paragraph structures and teaches essay writing using a step-by-step approach with integrated grammar and writing practices. Students are guided through English grammar rules and functions as well as the writing process to produce well organized paragraphs and essays. Students will also be introduced to research writing.
Prerequisite: ESL Accuplacer minimum score of 82-110 or successful completion of ELL 098  and ELL 099  with a “C” or higher.
Competencies
  1. Analyze English verb tenses in paragraph and essay writing.
    1. Contrast the simple present, stative, and present progressive tenses.
    2. Differentiate between usage of simple past and past progressive.
    3. Compare usage of simple past, present perfect, and present perfect progressive.
    4. Demonstrate understanding of the past perfect tenses.
    5. Identify the difference between present perfect and present perfect progressive tenses.
    6. Illustrate the correct irregular forms and their spelling of the verbs.
  2. Evaluate gerunds and infinitives in paragraph and essay writing.
    1. Differentiate the correct verb after the infinitive or gerund.
    2. Examine gerunds as objects of prepositions.
    3. Discriminate simple and past gerunds.
  3. Analyze count and non-count nouns in paragraph and essay writing.
    1. Differentiate the ability to use count and non-count nouns.
    2. Apply correct quantifiers to their countable and non-count nouns.
    3. Learn modifications of nouns.
  4. Evaluate when to use adjective clauses in paragraph and essay writing.
    1. Compare adjective clauses with subject relative pronouns and object relative pronouns.
    2. Demonstrate proper placement of an adjective clause within a sentence.
    3. Punctuate adjective clauses correctly.
  5. Evaluate the impact of passive formation in paragraph and essay writing.
    1. Compare passive tense with modals in present, past and future tenses.
    2. Characterize passive causative.
    3. Illustrate the impact of passive verbs on results of action in writing.
    4. Use passive to describe situations and report opinions.  
  6. Apply the uses of factual and unreal conditions in present, future, and past tenses.
    1. Produce present and real conditions in paragraph and essay writing.
    2. Use subjunctive correctly in paragraph and essay writing.
    3. Use correct punctuation in sentence formation with if and result clauses.
  7. Analyze the differences between direct and indirect speech.
    1. Show correct tense changes in indirect speech.
    2. Select correct time phrases in indirect speech.
    3. Practice question formation using direct and indirect speech.
    4. Use correct punctuation with direct speech.
  8. Analyze English language grammar mechanics in writing.
    1. Illustrate the use capitalization.
    2. Differentiate when to use commas correctly.
    3. Locate misspelled words and provide correction.
    4. Illustrate proof-reading skills by evaluating self-audits.
    5. Discriminate errors in peer writing through guided- peer editing.
    6. Create recommendations for peer writing.
  9. Examine the components of an academic essay.
    1. Name the five-paragraph essay’s parts: introduction, body, and conclusion.
    2. Identify the different types of essays (narrative, description, compare/contract, and argumentative).
    3. Recognize and create a direct or indirect thesis statement.
    4. Recognize and create a hook.
    5. Recognize and create effective supporting paragraph with examples.
    6. Recognize and create an effective closing paragraph.
  10. Examine documentation with research writing.
    1. Develop how to format an essay’s header, title, and page number.
    2. Give examples of basic academic in-text citation methods.
    3. Write a works cited page.
    4. Develop how to paraphrase
  11. Evaluate what plagiarism is and DMACC’s policy on plagiarism.
    1. Explain the different types of internet sources.
    2. Summarize different types of plagiarism.
    3. Explain ways to avoid plagiarism.
  12. Use the Academic Achievement Center to assist in grammar and writing skills.
    1. Identify self-errors in grammar rules and structures.
    2. dentify self-errors in writing sentences and paragraphs.
    3. Develop the skill of asking relevant questions based on your areas of growth opportunities.
    4. Apply correction(s) when editing paragraphs and essays. 



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