Section 1: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9:00-9:50 AM

Section 2: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 11:00-11:50 AM

Professor: Mai Kuha

The goal of this course is to give students an informed perspective on sentence structure in English, leading to an understanding of basic sentence structure and terminology. We will start with lexical categories and then move on to phrase types, clause types, and ways of rearranging and embedding these structures. In each topic, basic practice will be followed by discussion of questions that connect the analysis of sentence structure to larger issues, which might include language acquisition, language variation, and misunderstanding in various kinds of communication. Pedagogical implications are addressed primarily through alternate versions of assignments designed for teaching majors.

Although some learning objectives will be specific to particular students’ interests and future career paths, the general goals are to enable all students to…

  • read a writer’s handbook or other reference materials with ease, having become familiar with grammatical terminology and concepts
  • evaluate the quality of advice that these authorities provide about sentence structure
  • confidently figure out unfamiliar structures by looking for patterns and forming hypotheses
  • decide which analysis fits a sentence best, and articulate why
  • use a variety of structures in their writing even more effectively and deliberately
  • take ownership of their language!