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Administrative Unit: Language and Communications Studies Department
Course Prefix and Number: ESOL 103
Course Title: Grammar Skills II
Number of:
Credit Hours 2
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

This course continues to help students whose primary language is not English build on their knowledge of English grammar required for oral and written communication. Class time is devoted to communicative and inductive exercises emphasizing select grammatical structures and features of English. As a result, students develop skills in understanding form, meaning and use in academic discourse settings. Prerequisite: ESOL 100 or placement in the advanced level of the ESOL Program.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

ESOL 100 or placement in the advanced level of the ESOL Program.

Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall and Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Most current editions of the following:

Grammar Sense 4
By Susan Kesner Bland (Series Director) with Alice Savage and Patricia Mayer
Course Objectives
  • To promote grammatical awareness and fluency.
  • To evaluate differences between written and spoken language.
  • To understand and use select grammatical structures appropriately.
Measurable Learning Outcomes:


  • Demonstrate an understanding of the following: past perfect vs. present perfect continuous; past perfect vs. past perfect continous; past time modals; passive; Gerunds vs. infinitives; relative clauses; real conditionals, unreal conditionals, and wishes; noun clauses; reported speech
  •  Describe and explain the importance of language awareness in the language-learning process.
Topical Outline:

Note: Depending on student needs and time constraints, instruction and practice of the following grammatical structures may occur in a different order and/or be condensed or omitted in favor of other requested or needed grammatical structures.

  • Present, past, and distant past
  • Modals
  • Passive, gerunds, and infinitives
  • Modifying nouns
  • Conditionals
  • Noun clauses and reported speech

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15

Library Resources:

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Prepared by: Miranda Wilkerson Date: September 24, 2012
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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