ENG209 201802 Undergraduate

Term: 
Winter 2019
Course: 
ENG 209
Applies To: 
Undergraduate
Sections: 
Title: 
The Craft of the Sentence
Instructors: 

Tara Fickle

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  • Title: Assistant Professor, English Department
  • Phone: 541-346-3979
  • Office: 372 PLC
  • Office Hours: Fall term - available by email
  • Website: Website
Department Section Description: 

Grammar is the language we use to talk about language. It’s a tool for describing how written sentences work and figuring out and explaining why they don’t work. In this course you’ll learn the language of grammar: the technical terms and the conceptual principles needed to describe the grammatical structure of sentences. You’ll learn sentence diagramming in order to help see the patterns behind grammatical concepts. We will pay careful attention not only to the rules of grammar but also to the logic behind those rules. Furthermore, you will learn about the historical development of some of those rules–why, for instance, English sentences are punctuated the way they are, why the passive voice should be avoided, and whether it is acceptable to ever split an infinitive. Along the way, we’ll consider further questions about the nature of spoken vs. written language, dialects, and standardized language. As we will see, knowledge of grammatical concepts can help writers think through and revise their own written ideas more effectively.

Fulfills: 

Major I: Lower-Division Elective

Lower-division Elective courses allow students to choose (or “elect”) courses or faculty specific to their own developing interests, enabling them thereby to shape their own educational experience.

Major II: Lower-Division Elective

Lower-division Elective courses allow students to choose (or “elect”) courses or faculty specific to their own developing interests, enabling them thereby to shape their own educational experience.  Major II students can also use one lower-division elective to fulfill the Writing Requirement with ENG 209 The Craft of the Sentence.

Major II: Writing

Writing Requirement courses focus on the technical terms and conceptual principles needed to write clear, grammatical prose aimed at communicating with force and logic.  Upper-division courses focus on professional writing and the creation of individual styles.

Title: 
The Craft of the Sentence
Instructors: 

José Cortez

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  • Title: Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-0069
  • Office: 319 PLC
  • Office Hours: Fall term: Tues and Thurs 12:00-14:00 & by appt.
Department Section Description: 

This course will introduce students to the study of basic sentence mechanics, conventions, and grammatical terminology. Additionally, The course covers various theoretical, historical and political aspects of English varieties, and looks toward broad issues of social justice and the relationship between language conventions and ideology. The course examines the ideologies and hidden agendas associated with language standards and encourages critical examination of positions advocated by supporters of linguistic diversity and language rights.

Fulfills: 

Major I: Lower-Division Elective

Lower-division Elective courses allow students to choose (or “elect”) courses or faculty specific to their own developing interests, enabling them thereby to shape their own educational experience.

Major II: Lower-Division Elective

Lower-division Elective courses allow students to choose (or “elect”) courses or faculty specific to their own developing interests, enabling them thereby to shape their own educational experience.  Major II students can also use one lower-division elective to fulfill the Writing Requirement with ENG 209 The Craft of the Sentence.

Major II: Writing

Writing Requirement courses focus on the technical terms and conceptual principles needed to write clear, grammatical prose aimed at communicating with force and logic.  Upper-division courses focus on professional writing and the creation of individual styles.