Spring 2007 Syllabus
English 336: Introduction to Linguistics

Dr. Tina L. Hanlon

Associate Professor of English
Ferrum College, English Department


English 336 Home Page
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Professor's Office Hours and Contact Information

Class Meeting: Garber 204, MWF 10:10-11:05 a.m.

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the formal study of language, with attention to the historical development of English and contemporary varieties of American English. As language is one of the most basic of human abilities and activities, the study of language overlaps with many other disciplines and areas of human interaction. The course includes general introductions to the fields of morphology, syntax, semantics, phonetics, phonology, historical and comparative linguistics, sociolinguistics, and psycholinguistics. The course includes comparative study of traditional, structural, and transformational grammar. Additional applications relating to speech, writing, teaching, literature, foreign languages, second language learning, computers and other topics will be introduced as time and student interest allow.

Prerequisite: English 102 with a grade of C or higher

Textbooks and Materials

Other resources are listed on English 336 Home Page and some links or documents may be added to the Angel Resources folder. Internet resources and reserve readings will be recommended or required occasionally to supplement study of the Introduction to Language textbook. For papers and projects, you will find resources in the reader Language: Introductory Readings, the links on the course home page, and materials available through Stanley Library

Purpose/Rationale for this Course

For English majors and minors, this course gives you three hours of credit in Category 3 of the English course listings. (see college catalog under English major, pp. 83-84 in 2006-07 catalog). This is a required English course for all English majors seeking certification to teach English at the secondary level and for all students in the liberal arts major for the elementary education minor.

Course Goals/Learning Outcomes. All learning activities are designed to assist you in accomplishing the following learning outcomes.

The content of this course supports the following college-wide Learning Outcomes:

  2. Read, comprehend, analyze, interpret, and evaluate as a process of forming mature judgments and arriving at sound conclusions.
  3.  Use appropriate technology, research methods, and quantitative and qualitative skills to collect and disseminate information
  4. Write and speak with unity of purpose, coherent organization, and effective use of English consistent with standard rules and ordinary conventions

 English major description: studying the history, structure, functions and variations of language

proficient in using both traditional and modern technologies in the study of literature and language

thoughful, perceptive, articulate and open to a wide variety of complexities of language

         Evaluate the validity, perspectives, and contexts of information

  • Use problem-solving skills creatively to synthesize an effective response

         Demonstrate a breadth of knowledge in the liberal arts

         Demonstrate a depth of knowledge in their chosen fields.

  • Demonstrate the skills to enhance the transition to employment and/or graduate and professional education

Virginia Department of Education. Endorsement Competencies

1. Understanding of the knowledge, skills, and processes of English as defined in the Virginia Standards of Learning;

Knowledge of grammar, usage, and mechanics and their integration in writing;

Understanding of the theory of linguistics and of the nature and development of language and their impact on vocabulary development and spelling;

Knowledge of speaking and listening skills


This course is also likely to engage you in activities that support the following college learning outcomes:

Creative Inquiry and Critical Thinking
Evaluate the validity, perspectives, and contexts of information and ideas
Use problem-solving skills creatively to synthesize an effective response

Multidisciplinary Learning
Examine a subject and solve problems from the perspective of more than one discipline
Connect and apply knowledge to the campus and the world beyond

Demonstrate independent critical thinking

Assessment of Course Goals and Learning Outcomes

Course Requirements:

Your final grade for the course will be determined according to the following percentages:

      Quizzes/Graded Exercises details to be announced 10 %
      Two Tests (15% and 20%)      35 %
      Two short papers (1-2 pages each)          10 %
      Project oral report dates to be scheduled individually 10 %
      Daily work all semester 10 %
      Final exam Fri., 4/27, 10:30 a.m. 25 %

Quizzes, tests, and the final exam will consist primarily of objective questions: matching, fill-in-the-blank, identification, short answer questions, and other exercises depending on the nature of material covered. Doing homework exercises should help you do well on these questions and study guides will be available before tests. There will also be one or more essay questions on the tests and final exam.

See the college catalog for more information on writing requirements and the grading system. Be sure you are familiar with the Ferrum College Foundation Standards.

Daily Work Grade

The daily work grade will be based primarily on the amount of homework you turn in promptly. You will receive an A if you do all the homework when required, attend regularly and participate in class frequently. This 10% of the final grade will be lowered below an A if there are deficiencies in any of these requirements. Homework assignments will be announced in class; there will be some flexibility in deadlines and some recommended (not required) homework. It is to your advantage to do as much as you can as quickly as you can (and to redo required exercises you have trouble with). Answering any of the study questions in the reader or doing any other unassigned exercises will count as extra credit in the daily work grade (but don’t skip any required exercises).

If you find that you are unfamiliar with how to identify parts of speech and types of sentences, it will be to your advantage to do some or all of the Pretest on Sentence Structure as soon as possible (especially before we start the chapter on syntax). These exercises will be counted as extra credit and will help you with basic concepts we cover in this course.

Attendance and Classroom Requirements

You are expected to come to class each day, on time, prepared to discuss the assigned readings. Remember that Ferrum College policy mandates that anyone who misses one-fourth of the class meetings (i.e., 10 MWF classes) cannot receive credit for a course. Sept. 29 is the last day to withdraw without penalty. Anyone who needs to withdraw from the course between Sept. 30 and Nov. 8 with a WP must be in good standing, with all course work completed to that date. Anyone who withdraws while not in good standing (with excessive absences, failing grades, incomplete assignments) will receive a grade of WF. Withdrawing after Nov. 8 will result in a grade of F (which you may appeal if extreme unforeseen circumstances prevent your completion of the course). If an emergency arises (such as an extended medical problem), notify the professor as soon as possible to avoid extreme penalties. See the college catalog for more information on grading and withdrawal policies. Make-up tests will be given only in the case of extreme emergency and may be different in format from the test the rest of the class takes.

Arriving late is discourteous to other class members and could result in your being marked absent for the day. You are encouraged to participate in class discussion and ask questions at any time during class, but you are expected to respect the needs and rights of others by not talking while others are talking or distracting others in the class in any way.

Academic Integrity

Our Honor Code applies to all work submitted for credit in this course. Plagiarism or any other form of cheating on papers, reports, homework, or tests will result in severe penalties, which may include failure of the course. You are responsible for reading and understanding the Ferrum College Honor Policy (in the Student Handbook, available online at this link), and for avoiding the undocumented use of the words or ideas of others in your assignments. You should be familiar with the Ferrum College Foundation Standards. Any papers submitted with missing or faulty documentation of sources will not be graded or receive credit in this course.

Conferences, Writing Center

You are encouraged to discuss questions, problems and ideas with me at any time in individual conferences, especially if you have trouble with any of the homework or tests. The Writing Center in the basement of the library, which is available to students working on any writing project, is staffed by English faculty members in the afternoons and some evenings. You may drop by the center on your own for assistance with any aspect of your work, or you may want to make an appointment with a student tutor. Other staff members in the Academic Resources Center are available to help with a variety of student needs relating to reading, language skills, test-taking and other study skills.

Special Accommodations

Reasonable accommodations and auxiliary aids will be available for any qualified student with a disability in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. As early in the semester as possible, you are encouraged to notify the instructor and Ms. Linda Albrecht, Disability Services Coordinator, in ARC 111. Instructors are not allowed to discuss individual accommodations in public or ask individual students to make use of them. Qualified students may request these services and must follow the reasonable guidelines required by the school (such as arranging at least 48 hours in advance for any special accommodations for a scheduled test), or you may forfeit your right for the desired accommodation on the task in question.

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