Curriculum Guideline

Advanced Grammar and Editing

Effective Date:
Course Code
ENGU 0499
Advanced Grammar and Editing
English Upgrading
Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
Semester Length
10 weeks
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
2 hours per week
Method Of Instruction
Methods Of Instruction

The instructor will use a variety of methods (whole class, small group, individual, and learner directed learning).

Course Description
This is a 1.5 credit course for students who need focused practice in developing sentence level writing skills. It is designed for students whose many grammar and usage errors create awkwardness and interfere with the intended meaning of their writing. Students will work at the word and sentence level to raise their level of expression and develop editing strategies for basic clarity and style. They will also develop proofreading strategies for errors in grammar, word choice, spelling, and punctuation.
Course Content

Students will receive instruction concerning the following:

  1. standard written English grammar
  2. punctuation and capitalization
  3. sentence/syntactic patterns (compound, complex, noun phrases, appositives, etc.)
  4. resources such as spell checks, grammar checks, dictionaries, thesauruses
  5. strategies such as use of personal spelling and vocabulary dictionaries
Learning Outcomes

It is expected the student will

  1. demonstrate the ability to use clear, logical expressions at the sentence level by, among other things,
  • providing sufficient clarification and elaboration of key words in analysis (e.g., defining terms and providing examples)
  • providing coherent transitions between components of a sentence (avoiding faulty predication) 
  • demonstrate a variety of sentence/syntactic structures (subordination, co-ordination, use of phrases, reducing clauses, etc.)
  • use the conventions of punctuation and capitalization
  • demonstrate appropriate vocabulary usage for clarity and conciseness, avoiding redundancy
  • avoid word level errors (misspellings, diction errors, word form errors)
  • demonstrate an appropriate level of formality in writing at the sentence level
  • demonstrate strategies for self-checking (revising, editing, proofreading)
  • use peer and instructor feedback effectively
  • Means of Assessment

    Student achievement will be assessed using the Mastery system, in accordance with College policy. The following is one example of assessment components and weighting:

    Class attendance and participation 10%      

    Homework assignments 20%

    Five (5) Quizzes 50%

    Final exam 20%

    Textbook Materials

    Students will be assigned a textbook such as one of the following:  

    Langan, J. & Winstanley, S. (1997). Sentence skills: A workbook for writers. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson.

    Lipschutz, G., Scarry, S., & Scarry, J. (2013). Canadian writer's workplace. Toronto: Nelson Education.

    Lester, M., & Beason, L. (2005). McGraw Hill handbook of English grammar and usage. New York: McGraw-Hill.




    ENGU 0256 or ELLA 0340

    OR Any College entrance Language Proficiency Requirement