EAC127 - College Grammar Workshop

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Subject Title
College Grammar Workshop

Subject Description
This twenty-four hour grammar workshop is for students who are experiencing grammar and sentence structure difficulties in their writing. Students will examine the most common grammar and sentence structure errors in writing. Under the guidance of the instructor and using the common error chart, they will identify the most common grammar difficulties, and develop practical strategies for revising, editing, and correcting their own work.

Credit Status

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a strong understanding of correct sentence structure, punctuation, and basic grammar
2. Demonstrate critical thinking skills by using assignments from this class and other classes to diagnose and chart the frequency of their most common errors
3. Apply strategies in order to edit and correct common errors in their own writing and in the writing of others

Essential Employability Skills
Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

 A strong command of English is recommended.

Topic Outline
Students will be given classroom instruction, exercises, practical editing work, and writing practice in all areas of grammar, including basic sentence structure, punctuation, sentence errors, and editing.

Mode of Instruction
To ensure that students are engaged as much as possible in the learning process, instructors can use such teaching methods as class and small group discussions, essays and research, individual and group presentations, readings, lectures, workshops, in-class exercises, and/or computer-aided instruction.  

Prescribed Texts
Raimes, Ann. How English Works: A Grammar Handbook with Readings. Cambridge University Press.

Reference Material
Maimon, Elaine, et al., A Writer's Resource: A Handbook for Writing and Research. McGraw- Hill Ryerson
Any Canadian Reference or Handbook
Students should possess an appropriate college-level dictionary.

Students are referred to the following web site for the Seneca College Library MLA Style Guide and Guide to Integrating Quotations (MLA Style):

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
The term work will constitute 100% of the final grade. The instructor’s class schedule will indicate the nature of the weekly activities as well as the assignments, their due dates, and their value. All assignments must follow the criteria established by the instructor, unless otherwise notified.

Unless students have been granted an extension in advance, late assignments will be penalized accordingly. There is no provision for rewriting late assignments, regardless of the grade awarded. Students must contact faculty in advance of the due date to discuss extensions.

Make-up opportunities for assignments must also be made in advance of the scheduled due date. If an assignment is missed due to a class absence, any official documentation that might be grounds for arranging a make-up opportunity must be submitted to the faculty member on or before the next scheduled class. Make-up opportunities do not apply to all graded assignments.

Grading scheme:

Review Exercises
Paragraph Writing

All the academic policies of Seneca College apply. This includes, but is not limited to policies related to grading, supplemental exams, deferred exams, and accommodations.

Grading Policy:

  • EXC: A grade of EXC will be issued upon achievement of 85% or higher in the course.
  • SAT: A grade of SAT will be issued upon achievement of 70% -84% in the course.
  • UNSAT: A grade of UNSAT will be issued to students who achieve a grade of 69% or below.


Student Success:
Please come prepared to participate in class. Make sure you bring your course text to each class, participate in class discussions, hand in any assigned work on time, and attend each and every class. Following these suggestions will increase your chances of success.

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood