1. Ability to recognize and explain all major grammatical terms and constructions.
2. Ability to identify the pedagogical strengths and weaknesses of the traditional approach to grammar.
3. Ability to explain the bases and usefulness of structural and transformational approaches to grammar.
4. Ability to use standard reference works and research tools to solve grammatical problems of considerable depth and comlexity.
3 exams @ 20% each.
2 research-based problem papers @ 20% each.
Up to 5 additional points on final average for class participation.
A = 90-100
B = 80-89
C = 70-79
D = 60-69
F = 59 or lower
Both papers must follow the Modern Language Association's guidelines for format and style.
The two papers are due at the beginning of class ( 8:00 a.m.) on the dates specified on the course calendar (copy attached). Late papers will be penalized one letter grade; papers that are more than 24 hours late will not be accepted.
Success in this course depends very much on good attendance and on frequent class participation. Students should miss class only when absolutely necessary, and students who miss are fully responsible for all material covered in the missed class, especially for work that we will be dealing with in the next class.
Draft Policy: I will gladly read and comment on as many drafts of your papers as you are willing to submit. Usually I will return drafts to you in less than 24 hours, often in just 3 or 4 hours. Think about this: what would happen if you did three drafts of each paper?