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ENG 411B Course Introduction

  1. 1. Welcome to English 411B!IntroductionsEd Nagelhout• Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Writing• PhD, Purdue University• 11th year at UNLV• My dog’s name is Crash ENG 411B Principles of Modern Grammar
  2. 2. IntroductionsTo earn a 1-point bonus, send the followinginformation to me via WebCampus mail: •Name •Year and Major •Primary Goals for 411B •Biggest Fear about 411B •A Fun Fact About YouThen •Post a Picture on the WebCampus Roster (be sure to check the “Public” box) ENG 411B Principles of Modern Grammar
  3. 3. Course Information Section: ENG 411B/611B Day/Time: ONLINE Email: WebCampus Mail Only Phone: 895-5073 Office Hours: ONLINE: M-F 9:00-11:00 F2F: MW 8:30 - 9:45 and 11:30 - 1:00 and by appt.Syllabus Review ENG 411B Principles of Modern Grammar
  4. 4. English 411B will introduce you to the patterns of English grammar and their influence on sentence structure, punctuation, and style. You will be equipped with analytical methods to understand its structure and explore the relationship between grammar and writing, reading, and thinking.Course Description ENG 411B Principles of Modern Grammar
  5. 5. By the end of the semester, students will be able to 1) Describe fully English words, phrases, and clauses 2) Analyze a sentence grammatically, including as transformation 3) Discriminate among various types of sentences 4) Make rhetorical choices about sentences and punctuationCourse Outcomes ENG 411B Principles of Modern Grammar
  6. 6. As a class, we will meet our course outcomes by discussing the grammatical structure of English in a sophisticated manner, exploring English grammars (and understanding why they are plural and not singular), and learning to reach consensus on grammar-related problems in different rhetorical situations.Course Outcomes ENG 411B Principles of Modern Grammar
  7. 7. Analyzing English Grammar, 6th ed.,Klammer, Schultz, and Della VolpeReading Materials available via WebCampusA standard American dictionary (optional)Course Texts ENG 411B Principles of Modern Grammar
  8. 8. Workload Based on Five Modules• Quizzes = 8% (8 x 1 pt. each)• Online Exercises = 16% (16 x 1 pt. each)• Homework/In-Class = 6% (6 x 1 pts. each)• Proficiency Practice = 8% (4 x 2 pts. each)• Proficiency WS = 24% (12 x 2 pts. each)• Module Exams = 21% (3 x 7 pts. each)• Final Reflection = 3% (1 x 3 pts. each)• Final Exam = 14% (1 x 14 pts. each)Course Workload ENG 411B Principles of Modern Grammar
  9. 9. All submissions will be Grade Scale:graded on a points basis A = 100-93 %(coinciding with the workload A- = 92-90 %distribution described on the B+ = 89-87 %previous slide). B = 86-83 %Grades will be determined B- = 82-80 %using standard letter grades C+ = 79-77 %with plusses and minuses. C = 76-73 % C- = 72-70 % D = 69-60 % F = 59 % and belowCourse Grading ENG 411B Principles of Modern Grammar
  10. 10. As a teacher, I am committed tocreating the most conducivelearning environment possible.I believe strongly in the socialconstruction of knowledge, soyou will be expected tocollaborate throughout thecourse, discussing ideas andarticulating concepts.Participation ENG 411B Principles of Modern Grammar
  11. 11. Your active participation is crucialto effective learning for everyonein this course.Active and meaningfulparticipation is required.Active and meaningfulparticipation means that you areinvested in the course, in yourclassmates, your course work, andyour education.Participation (cont.) ENG 411B Principles of Modern Grammar
  12. 12. I avoid a banking model ofeducation in order to create non-threatening spaces where studentsexchange ideas freely.I promote a student-centeredclassroom and pedagogy.As a class, we can negotiate thekind of environment that you willfeel comfortable in; however, I willnot lecture.Participation (cont.) ENG 411B Principles of Modern Grammar
  13. 13. I value what you say, and I amcommitted to making this course apositive learning experience.I will provide you withopportunities to learn, I will putyou in positions to build on yourprior knowledge, I will promoteconnections between this courseand your future aspirations.But you are responsible for youreducation.Participation (cont.) ENG 411B Principles of Modern Grammar
  14. 14. While there is no “attendance” grade in thiscourse, credit is earned for work performed in class or aspart of an online discussion group.You will only receive credit if you are in class, participatein the discussion, and complete the assigned work beforeyou leave the classroom. In online sections, you mustparticipate on the appropriate online discussion boardby an assigned date.If you are not in class or do not participate on thediscussion board by the assigned day, you will notreceive credit.Attendance ENG 411B Principles of Modern Grammar
  15. 15. The Writing Center, located in CDC 3-301, offers free one-on-one orsmall group assistance. Appointments may be made in person or bycalling 895-3908. The Writing Center also offers online help athttp://writingcenter.unlv.edu/.You can also visit the Academic Success Center for tutoring help, aswell: http://academicsuccess.unlv.edu/tutoringIf you have a documented disability that may require assistance, youwill need to contact Disability Services for coordination in youracademic accommodations.DS is located in the Reynolds Student Services Complex (SSC), Room137. The phone number is 895-0866 or TDD 895-0652. Or visit theweb site at http://studentlife.unlv.edu/disability/Support and Resources ENG 411B Principles of Modern Grammar
  16. 16. Academic integrity is a legitimate concern for every member of thecampus community; all share in upholding the fundamental valuesof honesty, trust, respect, fairness, responsibility andprofessionalism. By choosing to join the UNLV community, studentsaccept the expectations of the Academic Misconduct Policy and areencouraged when faced with choices to always take the ethical path.Students enrolling in UNLV assume the obligation to conductthemselves in a manner compatible with UNLV’s function as aneducational institution.An example of academic misconduct is plagiarism. Plagiarism isusing the words or ideas of another, from the Internet or anysource, without proper citation of the sources. See the StudentAcademic Misconduct Policy (approved December 9, 2005) locatedat:http://studentconduct.unlv.edu/misconduct/policy.htmlAcademic Misconduct ENG 411B Principles of Modern Grammar
  17. 17. The University requires all members of the UniversityCommunity to familiarize themselves and to followcopyright and fair use requirements. You are individuallyand solely responsible for violations of copyright and fairuse laws. The university will neither protect nor defendyou nor assume any responsibility for employee orstudent violations of fair use laws. Violations ofcopyright laws could subject you to federal and state civilpenalties and criminal liability, as well as disciplinaryaction under University policies. Additional informationcan be found at: http://provost.unlv.edu/copyright/.Copyright ENG 411B Principles of Modern Grammar
  18. 18. If you have anyquestions, contactyour teacherthroughWebCampus mail. ENG 411B Principles of Modern Grammar
  19. 19. Let this circle represent all of the formal rules of English.How much can we learn in ENG 411B? ENG 411B Principles of Modern Grammar
  20. 20. Rules of English And this all of the rules of English described by formal linguists.How much can we learn in ENG 411B? ENG 411B Principles of Modern Grammar
  21. 21. Rules of English Rules Described by Formal Linguists And this all of the rules of English known to applied linguists.How much can we learn in ENG 411B? ENG 411B Principles of Modern Grammar
  22. 22. Rules of English Rules Described by Formal Linguists Rules Known to Applied Linguists And this all of the rules of English known to the best English teachers.How much can we learn in ENG 411B? ENG 411B Principles of Modern Grammar
  23. 23. Rules of English Grammar Rules Described by Formal Linguists Rules Known to Applied Linguists Rules Known by the Best English Teachers And this all of the rules of English taught at the university level.How much can we learn in ENG 411B? ENG 411B Principles of Modern Grammar
  24. 24. Rules of English Grammar Rules Described by Formal Linguists Rules Known to Applied Linguists Rules Known by the Best English Teachers Rules Taught at the University Level Many of the rules known at these two levels are stylistic (and But we often idiosyncratic). will learn:How much can we learn in ENG 411B? ENG 411B Principles of Modern Grammar
  25. 25. Grammatical Structures1. Morphemes • Each of these structures shows grammatical patterning and is governed by grammatical rules.2. Words • They are hierarchical in that3. Phrases combinations of the lower #’s build the higher #’s: morphemes  words; words4. Clauses phrases; clauses  sentences; etc. • But! It’s not merely a matter of length—5. Sentences some words can be longer than some sentences.What We Will Learn in ENG 411B ENG 411B Principles of Modern Grammar
  26. 26. If you have anyquestions, contactyour teacherthroughWebCampus mail. ENG 411B Principles of Modern Grammar
  27. 27. To address most of your greatest concerns, I offer the following: • This class is not meant to be easy. • This class requires HARD WORK. • This class will only be as boring as you let it.Together: • Everyone must take the work seriously. • Everyone must keep each other motivated. • Everyone must challenge each other intellectually every day.Individually: • You need to work on the material consistently every week. • You need to be prepared when you walk in the door (or log in) • You need to take responsibility for your education.What you can expect from your teacher: • Fair and equitable treatment • A willingness to engage intellectually • An open and honest appraisal of your work • Opportunities for you to learn as much as you wantWorkload in ENG 411B ENG 411B Principles of Modern Grammar
  28. 28. Each module will include a variety of in-classcollaborative, online, and out-of-class activities, a process forunderstanding the material, and the submission of documentsfor evaluation.You will receive detailed explanations of therequirements, formats, and strategies for completing eachmodule.A WARNING: study the text and materials carefully, as it will bepainfully obvious if you have not done so.In general, I expect you to understand the material in the textwithout my having to repeat it in class; however, please feel freeto ask for further explanation.Workload in ENG 411B ENG 411B Principles of Modern Grammar
  29. 29. All materials will be accessible through WebCampus.Some work must be performed in WebCampus (quizzes andonline exercises).Still other work will be performed in class or on anappropriate discussion board (homework and proficiencypractice).Other work must be submitted electronically through aWebCampus Assignment link (proficiency worksheets,module exams, final exam, and final reflection).All work must be completed by the scheduled due dates.Workload in ENG 411B (cont.) ENG 411B Principles of Modern Grammar
  30. 30. Reading and thinking are important aspects of this course. Tocomplete each module, you will need to read and understandall of the materials assigned.The quizzes and homework will come directly from yourreading and show your basic understanding of the key termsand concepts.The online exercises and proficiency worksheets will showyour ability to apply these key terms and concepts in context.The exams will show your range of understanding andwhether or not you have met the module goals and, inturn, the course outcomes.Workload in ENG 411B (cont.) ENG 411B Principles of Modern Grammar
  31. 31. Each module will follow a predictable pattern: 1. Read all of the assigned materials closely 2. Ask questions about the assigned readings 3. Demonstrate a basic understanding (quizzes and homework) 4. Articulate your understanding and apply it in context (OLEs and Proficiency Worksheets) 5. Plan/study for the end-of-module exam 6. Take the exam 7. Peer review your exam (optional) in class 8. Reflect on the work you have done in the module 9. Revise, edit closely, and submit all required documents for evaluation on the assigned due datesWorkload in ENG 411B (cont.) ENG 411B Principles of Modern Grammar
  32. 32. If you have anyquestions, contactyour teacherthroughWebCampus mail. ENG 411B Principles of Modern Grammar
  33. 33. How We Use WebCampus Some work must be performed through WebCampus Assessment links (quizzes and online exercises); other work must be submitted electronically through WebCampus Assignment links (proficiency worksheets, module exams, final exam, and final reflection); and still other work will be performed (or reviewed) in class or on the appropriate Discussion Board (homework and proficiency practice). All work must be completed by the scheduled due dates.Course Protocol Reminders ENG 411B Principles of Modern Grammar
  34. 34. All work performed in WebCampus or submittedelectronically through a WebCampus Assignment link isdue no later than 11:59 pm on the published due date(unless stated otherwise). If the stamped time is evenone minute after the published due date and time, theassignment will be considered late and will bedowngraded.To receive credit, you must submit the appropriateassignments to the appropriate WebCampus Assignmentlink only. I will not accept assignments via WebCampusmail nor via my personal UNLV account.Course Protocol Reminders ENG 411B Principles of Modern Grammar
  35. 35. When submitting an assignment, make sure theassignment is • submitted (on time) as an attachment (a .docx file or .rtf file preferred) • labeled correctly • really attachedIf I receive a transmittal for an assignment without therequired attachment, the assignment will be considerednot submitted (and late upon submission).Course Protocol Reminders ENG 411B Principles of Modern Grammar
  36. 36. All materials submitted via a WebCampus Assignment linkmust be a Word readable (.docx or .rtf only) attachment. Yourfile MUST be labeled as follows: LastnameFirstinitialProjectDocumentExample:To turn in the second proficiency worksheet for Module 1, Dr.Nagelhout would label his file: NagelhoutEMod1Proficiency2 OR NagelhoutEM1P2Course Protocol Reminders ENG 411B Principles of Modern Grammar
  37. 37. If I receive a transmittal for an assignment that is not labeled correctly(in the manner described above), I will return it unopened, and theassignment will be considered not submitted. If it is resubmittedcorrectly after the due date, it will be considered a "late assignment."If I receive a transmittal for an assignment without the requiredattachment, the assignment will be considered not submitted. If it isresubmitted correctly after the due date, it will be considered a "lateassignment."Students must insure that all submitted assignments are virus free.Should any assignment fail scrutiny by the Universitys standard virusdetection software, it will be returned and must be resubmitted. If it isresubmitted after the due date, it will be considered a "lateassignment."Course Protocol Reminders ENG 411B Principles of Modern Grammar
  38. 38. Any assignment not submitted using a Word readable filename extension will be returned. This means that if you areusing any word processing program that is not compatiblewith Word (that is if you cannot save and submit yourassignment with a .doc or .rtf extension) then yourassignment will be returned and must be resubmitted. If it isresubmitted after the due date, it will be considered a "lateassignment."All assignments submitted electronically must be submittedas a single file, even if multiple documents are required for aparticular assignment. Any assignment with multiple fileswill be returned and must be resubmitted. If it is resubmittedafter the due date, it will be considered a "late assignment."Course Protocol Reminders ENG 411B Principles of Modern Grammar
  39. 39. If you have anyquestions, contactyour teacherthroughWebCampus mail. ENG 411B Principles of Modern Grammar

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