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ELL 099 - Grammar and Writing Fluency

Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 2
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Coll Prep
This course introduces and applies English grammar in sentence and paragraph writing for high-intermediate English language learners. It teaches sentences and paragraph structures, using a step-by-step approach, using integrated grammar and writing practices. Students are guided through English grammar rules and functions as well as the writing process to produce well organized and adequately developed sentences and paragraphs. Students will also be introduced to essay writing.
Prerequisite: ESL Accuplacer minimum score 50-81
Competencies
  1. Examine English verb tenses in sentence and paragraph writing.
    1. Distinguish between present and progressive verb tenses.
    2. Use the past tense and its past tense time frames correctly.
    3. Use the future tense and its future time clauses correctly.
    4. Identify the difference between present perfect and present perfect progressive tenses.
    5. Formulate WH-questions correctly.
    6. Use the imperative form correctly.
    7. Use phrasal verbs correctly. 
  2. Apply English grammar functions in sentence and paragraph writing.
    1. Compare the use of modal, modal-like expressions, and their tense forms.
    2. Identify gerunds and infinitives using correct prepositions, verbs, and adverbs.
    3. Explain the use of adjectives and adverbs using the correct base, comparative, and superlative forms.
    4. Use proper, common, count, and non-countable nouns with correct quantifiers.
    5. Select definite and indefinite nouns correctly.
    6. Identify reflexive and reciprocal pronouns correctly.
  3. Apply English syntax to sentence and paragraph writing.
    1. Define simple, compound, and complex sentence and identify various parts of speech within the sentence.
    2. Identify complete and incomplete sentences.
    3. Practice converting incomplete sentences into complete ones. 
    4. Develop sentences for subject-verb agreement rules.
    5. Identify and use direct and indirect speech.
  4. Apply writing skills within well-developed paragraphs.
    1. Demonstrate the ability to format the paragraph correctly.
    2. Demonstrate the four main steps of writing a paragraph: prewriting, organizing, writing and editing.
    3. Develop free writing skills.
    4. Produce topic, supporting, and concluding sentences.
    5. Use time, space, and rank order.
    6. Construct transitions and connectors in writing.
    7. Show unity and coherence.
  5. Apply English language grammar mechanics in writing.
    1. Use capital letters appropriately.
    2. Use commas correctly.
    3. Demonstrate improved spelling skills.
    4. Develop proof-reading skills
    5. Develop guided- peer editing.
  6. Analyze the components of an academic paragraph and essay.
    1. Label the sentences in a paragraph.
    2. Recognize and create a topic sentence.
    3. Recognize and create effective supporting sentence with examples.
    4. Recognize and create an effective closing sentence
    5. Label the five-paragraph essay’s parts: introduction, body, and conclusion.
    6. Identify the different types of essays (narrative, description, compare/contract, and argumentative).
  7. Explain what plagiarism is and DMACC’s policy on plagiarism.
    1. Identify the different types of internet sources.
    2. Identify different types of plagiarism.
    3. Describe ways to avoid plagiarism.
  8. Use the Academic Achievement Center to assist in grammar and writing skills.
    1. Identify self-errors in grammar rules and structures
    2. Identify 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 sentences and paragraphs.



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