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Course Syllabus

Course: ESL 0280

Division: Humanities
Department: English/Second Language
Title: Level 1 Grammar

Semester Approved: Spring 2021
Five-Year Review Semester: Fall 2025
End Semester: Fall 2026

Catalog Description: This course is designed to give students a foundation in English grammar and vocabulary. The course will also focus on helping students improve their listening comprehension and speaking skills.

Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 2; Lecture: 5; Lab: 0

Prerequisites: Placement in ESL 0280 through the department

Justification: The ESL Department at Snow College houses the intensive ESL program which is accredited through the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP). The four-level program provides instruction for students at Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4 (elementary through exiting levels). This course is a core course for Level 1. It introduces students to the type of grammar they must know in order to be successful in Level 2 ESL courses.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will demonstrate improvement in their understanding of and use of specific English grammatical structures taught in the course. Students will use level 1 grammatical structures in speech and writing. Students will demonstrate the mastery of these skills through completing daily grammar exercises, taking quizzes, and exams.

Students will work with and learn about the following grammatical structures:• Count/no count nouns • Present time • Modals • Phrasal verbs • Past time • Object pronouns • Some/any compounds • Comparative, superlative • Future timeExamples used to explain these grammar points contain culturally sensitive topics.

Key Performance Indicators:
The following ranges will be used for the purpose of assessment. In order to pass the course, students must demonstrate a B mastery of course materials. Students who earn a grade below B (85%) will be required to repeat the course.

Attendance 10 to 15%

Homework  20 to 25%

Quizzes  30 to 35%

Tests 25 to 35%

Representative Text and/or Supplies:
Betty S. Azar and Stacy A. Hagen, Basic English Grammar, current edition, Pearson Education.

Pedagogy Statement:
ESL courses consist of students representing diverse cultural, linguistic, and background knowledge which serves as a resource, strength, and benefit. All students are welcomed to share their unique backgrounds and experiences while giving presentations, working in small groups or pairs, contributing to class discussions, or performing short writing assignments with personal insights. Moreover, various learning needs of all students, regardless of their age, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, nationality, race, religion, sexuality, and socioeconomic status are acknowledged and accommodated through uses of various types of teaching methods, learning activities, and modes of evaluation.

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Maximum Class Size: 15
Optimum Class Size: 10