ESP939 - Grammar for Writing

Outline info
Last revision date 2018-09-24 01:13:52.445
Last review date 2018-11-07 14:50:50.599

Subject Title
Grammar for Writing

Subject Description
In this course, students develop proficient editing skills that enable them to identify grammatical weaknesses in their own writing.  Through a focus on error analysis and guided practice, students will learn to become independent self-editors and be able to apply the strategies acquired beyond the duration of this course.

Credit Status

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

1.  identify grammatical errors in their writing
2.  categorize and prioritize their grammatical errors in terms of global and local errors
3.  select and apply effective strategies to reduce grammatical errors
4.  demonstrate accuracy in self-identified areas of grammar

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

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

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 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

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
1. Error Identification: 

    • common grammar errors of ESL students
    • global/local error distinction 
    • analysis of written work to identify grammar weaknesses 
    • importance of mastering self-specified grammatical errors
2. Error Correction Strategies: 
    • resources available 
    • self-editing strategies 
    • check list for self-editing 
    • application of strategies to further improvement 

Mode of Instruction
In this course, the instructor helps students to identify their own grammar weaknesses and helps students to select effective self-editing strategies that students apply to master these weaknesses. Students practise using these strategies in writing and editing exercises, assignments and readings. The instructor may use some of the following teaching modes: 

    • Action Plan for Error Correction 
    • question and answer techniques 
    • classroom discussion 
    • pair/group work 
    • computer aided instruction 
    • individualized consultation

Prescribed Texts

Writing Clearly: An Editing Guide, 3rd. edition
Janet Lane,  Ellen Lange
Heinle & Heinle (Publishers)
ISBN#:  978-1-111-35197-7

Reference Material
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Longman (Publisher)
ISBN:  978-1-405-81126-2

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 ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Grading is based on the following marking scheme: 

Action Plan for Error Correction        10%
Quizzes/Assignments			60%
Final Evaluation            		30%

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood