English 244  Grammar for Writers
Dr. Janice Neuleib
Stv. 406  Office Hours:  10 M & 11 TR & by Appt.
Office:  438-7858   Home:  452-6844

This course will not resemble other grammar courses you have taken for two reasons.  First, the course includes applied grammar and usage rather than descriptions of a language system of the kind taught in many grammar classes.  Second, you will be researching and discovering for yourself the grammar and usage that will be most appropriate for your chosen major or future occupation.

Thus the work that you do in the course will direct you toward understanding what "good grammar" means in the field or fields where you plan to do your work.  I will ask you to do some theorizing about the information you discover as you do your assignments and activities for the course, but the conclusions you draw will be based on your own discoveries.

Texts for the course:

Webster’s Dictionary of English Usage.  Gilman, ed.
Selected readings  (handouts)


1.  Journal:  you will keep a journal detailing grammatical and usage questions you notice in you day-to-day reading and talking (including work from the assigned text).  From those class journals I will draw discussion questions and prepare class activities based on your observations.

2.  Ongoing research:  the work for this course includes discovering how grammar and usage are understood and defined in the world of work and academia.  You will develop a research project for the course in which you define an area of interest to you, possibly one in where you eventually intend to be employed.  You will then investigate the levels of usage appropriate to that area of work or study.  This project will culminate in an eight to ten page paper.

3.  Two applied tests over the texts for the course:  By applied tests I mean that I will ask you to apply the language choices and concepts in the texts to language situations you have already designated (see journal above) or that I have chosen from the texts.

4.  A comprehensive final discussing the discoveries you have made in the course will be due finals week.

Class time will consist of discussion based on the text and the research you are doing.  We will discover together what we know about language and what the world around us expects us to know.  Your task will be to apply what you are reading for class to the world around you.

The dictionary activities will be assigned as we proceed.

Journals are due on Sept 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 5, & Dec. 3.
Tests will occur on Sept. 26, October 24 and on final test day.
Research reports (partial drafts of your final project) will be ongoing in your journal with a rough draft of the paper due on November 26 and the final draft due on Dec. 5.