Modern English Grammar

To be taught by Prof. Teresa Morell

Although this
section of ENG 403 initially tests overall awareness of the prescribed grammar
of School English (SE), it does NOT teach students English, nor will it offer a
comprehensive overview of SE grammar and punctuation (so a great deal of
self-study will be necessary for those who lack such essential skills).

ENG 403 is an
advanced class and therefore looks primarily at different levels of grammatical
description. It is aimed at English and English Education majors who need to
know how (and teach others how) to analyse, in terms of their constituents,
modern English in actual use –rather than the idealized (context-free) sentences
found in most grammar books.

Student Learning Objectives:

Students will demonstrate a) awareness of a variety of approaches to grammatical description
of English, b) competence in basic tree diagrams and advanced slot-function
analysis, and c) understanding of the ramifications of grammatical accuracy for
the teaching of language and writing classes.


  • Howard Jackson: Grammar and Vocabulary(available
    & Revolution Books)
  • Additional Readings (available @
    CRDG Marketing and Publication, Castle 101)


  • There will be two midterms (40%)
  • And a final examination (30%)
  • Weekly Laulima Postings (20%)
  • Full Attendance