Theory and Practice of Language—Grammar and Usage is a required sophomore/junior level course for all English majors. This class assumes students already know the English language because they are native speakers or are comfortable with language arts—they speak and write sentences grammatically well. Martha Kolln and Robert Funk claim, “Knowing a language and knowing about a language are two very different kinds of knowledge.” On the other hand, this class also assumes students are less familiar about English and are uncertain how to discuss what makes those sentences grammatical. Therefore, the focus of this class is to help English majors understand and feel more comfortable with the terminology, principles, issues, and applications of language in their everyday lives.

English 325 has the following major components:

There ARE weekly due dates. Late Assignments Not Accepted.


English 325 has four series of quizzes:

All quizzes for the week are open throught the entire week. Quizzes can be retaken any time during that week—the highest score counts.


English 325 has five exams:

These exams are not proctored. They will be opportunities for you to demonstrate your personal integrity.

Learning Model Architecture

You will be expected to prepare for each week by reading and reviewing the assigned materials (readings from your textbook, online readings, and online presentations). You will have many opportunities to teach one another in the discussion boards where you will provide feedback on workbook pages. You will have chances to ponder and prove the things you learn through online quizzes, online exercises, and discussion board feedback.



Required Materials

Vitto, Cindy L. Grammar by Diagram. 2nd ed. Buffalo, NY: Broadview Press, 2006.

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Grading Policies

Graded activities include exercises, daily preparation, quizzes, and exams. Most often the number grade follows the breakdown below

A = 94% A- = 90%
B+ = 87% B = 84%
B- = 80% C+ = 77%
C = 74% C- = 70%
D+ = 67% D = 64%
D- = 60% F = 59%

The instructor reserves the right to slightly alter grades depending on a student’s performance.