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Administrative Unit: Language and Communications Studies Department
Course Prefix and Number: ESOL 100
Course Title: Grammar Skills I
Number of:
Credit Hours 2
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

This course helps 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 longer and more varied discourse settings.

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

Most current edition of the following:

Grammar Sense 3
By Susan Kesner Bland
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


  • Demonstrate an understanding of the following of most if not all of the following grammatical structures: simple present vs. present continuous;simple past vs. past continuous, and time clauses; future forms; modals of present and future possibility; indefinite and definite articles; tag questions; adjectives; adverbs; comparatives and superlatives; gerunds vs. infinitives; and phrasal verbs.
  • Develo an understanding of the importance of language awareness in the language-learning process.
Topical Outline:
  • Depending on student needs and time constraints, instruction and practice of the following grammatical structurs may occur in a different order and/or be condensed or omiotted in favor of other requested or needed grammatical structures.
  • present, past and future
  • modals
  • nouns and articles
  • tag questions and other additions
  • adjectives and adverbs
  • comparatives and superlatives
  • gerunds, infinitives and phrasal verbs




Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

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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