Course Syllabus

Advanced Grammar In Languages

Course description

An effective English teacher must use the language well, know how the language works, be able to explain language rules to students, and be familiar with the various principles and methodologies for best sharing this knowledge. Our class will focus on the structure of the English language in significant detail so that you will gain a deeper understanding of how it works. The material will be presented in a way that will invite you to ponder how various aspects of English compare with those of your native language. Application of this knowledge will allow students to evaluate and address language deficiencies, identify resources useful in furthering language learning, and follow a program of lifelong language learning.

Course objectives

  1. Learn what language is and how to study it
  2. Improve mastery of the various aspects of English (pronunciation, word formation, sentence structure, meaning, and spelling)
  3. Understand how English compares and contrasts with your native language
  4. Develop an awareness of important language issues (bilingualism, dialects, styles, etc.)


Online materials found at course site on I-Learn

Students will need to access to use IPA fonts throughout the course.

Student population

Online students only. TESOL 104 is part of the required coursework for students pursuing an online TESOL certificate from BYU-Idaho. This program offers students a series of classes that will enable them to teach English to speakers of other languages who reside within the United States or English as a foreign language if they live in some other country.

Class Policies

Assignment dates are specified on the course calendar and the instructor will post daily announcements on I-Learn. Late assignments and makeup work for unexcused absences will be penalized.

Coursework Percentage
Reading comprehension assessments (38) 17%
Discussion board posts (27) 13%
Homework sets (10) 18%
Multi-unit tests (4) 36%
Project (2) 16%


Standard grading scale based on percentage of accumulated points:

Letter Grade Percentage Range
A 100% – 93%
A- 92% – 90%
B+ 89% – 87%
B 86% – 83%
B- 82% – 80%
C+ 79% – 77%
C 76% – 73%
C- 72% – 70%
D+ 69% – 67%
D 66% – 63%
D- 62% – 60%
F 59% – 00%

Academic Honesty

Students should seek to be totally honest in all their dealings. They should complete their own work and be evaluated based upon that work. They should avoid academic dishonesty and misconduct in all its forms, including but not limited to plagiarism, fabrication or falsification, cheating, and other academic misconduct.

Dress and Grooming Standards

The dress and grooming of both men and women should always be modest, neat and clean, and consistent with the values and principles of Brigham Young University-Idaho and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Modesty and cleanliness are important values that reflect personal dignity and integrity through which members of the BYU-Idaho community represent the principles and standards of the Church . . . which reflect the direction of the BYU-Idaho Board of Trustees and the Church publication For the Strength of the Youth.

Special needs

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, all qualified students enrolled in this course are entitled to reasonable accommodation. It is the student’s responsibility to disclose to the teacher any special need (s)he may have before the end of the first week of class.

Course Summary:

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