ENGL 791 (M1) - English Grammar

English Grammar

Manchester   Liberal Arts :: English
Online Course Delivery Method: Online (no campus visits), EUNH
Can be taken by students who are remote.
Credits: 4.0
Term: Fall 2021 - UNHM Credit (15 weeks) (08/30/2021 - 12/13/2021)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   12  
CRN: 16564
An introduction to the terminology and major concepts in English grammar. Covers descriptive vs. prescriptive grammar, parts of speech, phrase structure, clause types, and basic sentence patterns. Useful for pre-service teachers seeking to acquire the background knowledge needed to make informed decisions about teaching of English grammar.
Department Approval Required. Contact Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Only listed campus in section: Durham, Manchester
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course
Instructors: STAFF

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
8/30/2021 12/13/2021 Hours Arranged ONLINE
Additional Course Details: 

THIS CLASS WILL BE TAUGHT ONLINE (there will be no change in modality).  Students on the Durham as well as the Manchester campus are welcome to enroll. 


This class is intended to help those who have an interest in studying English Grammar, such as pre-service teachers, and who want to build (or build on) a strong foundation in the history of the English Language and in modes of language usage and style.


We can't understand grammar without familiarizing ourselves with the origins of the English Language. To this end, the first half of the semester will focus on discovering how English developed--and is developing. We'll also find out about Englishes: British English, American English, African-American English, Australian English, to name just a few. We'll also be probing some of the social issues surrounding the notion of Standard English and non-standard dialects and variants. Our research paper will focus on one of these elements of English.


Furthermore, the only way we can become better users of English is by engaging in rigorous revision and analysis of our own writing. Thus, in the second half of the semester, we'll be revising our research paper. We'll focus first on usage issues (commas, sentence boundaries, paragraphs etc.) using The Scott, Foresman Handbook for Writers; we'll then move on to matters of style (language choice, varieties of sentence structures, coherence). Throughout this process, we'll be using our own research papers as models in the revision and grammar-learning process.


Kincaid, Jamaica. A Small Place. New York: Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2001. ISBN-10: 0374527075; ISBN-13: 978-0374527075.

McCrum, Robert, Robert MacNeil, and William Cran. The Story of English. 3rd rev. ed. New York: Penguin, 2003. ISBN-10: 0142002313; ISBN-13: 978-0142002315.

Ruszkiewicz, John, et al. The Scott, Foresman Handbook for Writers. 9th ed. New York: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2010. ISBN 9780205751983.