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2017-2018 Course Catalog 
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ESOL 0796 - Directed Grammar Study

Credits: 1
Hours/Week: Lecture NoneLab None
Course Description: In this course, students will choose 1-3 grammar points for focused study. Students will develop and implement their own study plans and will learn new strategies for studying grammar. Students will practice using computers and the internet to help with grammar. Typically, this class will meet in the classroom some weeks; other weeks, students will complete their assignments online. At the end of the course, students will demonstrate that their grammar has improved.
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): ESOL 0031  with a grade of C or higher, or a score at the ESOL 0041  level on the language proficiency test (including background information, oral interview, and writing sample). Instructor’s signature required for registration.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: Readiness for online learning.

Major Content
  1. Developing and Implementing a Study Plan Each student creates personal study plan with guidance from the instructor Student¿s goals Study strategies that student will use Obstacles that student faces in studying grammar and plan for overcoming them Keeping track of weekly progress on study plan toward goals Assignment log Graphical representations of progress Reflection journal Students act as a support group to peers Aligning teacher and student expectations
  2. Extending the Study Plan Beyond this Course
  3. Goal Setting Determine 1-3 grammar points for intensive study, using some or all of the following tools: Grammar diagnostic tests (online and/or on paper) Pre-study writing sample (in-class and/or outside of class) Written work from previous courses Pre-study speaking sample (spontaneous production and oral reading) Determine motivation for improvement Extrinsic vs. intrinsic motivation Education and career goals Make goals realistic Amount of time spent studying vs. amount of improvement How student chooses to demonstrate improvement
  4. Overcoming Obstacles to Grammar Study Grammar metalanguage Different learning styles and ways of knowing Study habits Time management
  5. Tools and Strategies for Grammar Study Reflection on previous strategies/tools students have used and their effectiveness Computer software ESOL software Word-processing software Text-to-speech software Internet Websites with information and online activities Creating your own practice activities E-pals Grammar checking sites Awareness raising Noticing grammar when reading and listening Searching for examples of grammar Search engines Text concordancers Analyzing your own grammar in speaking and writing Analyzing and trac

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Describe several strategies for independent study and practice of English grammar
  2. Demonstrate increased autonomy in learning
  3. Articulate which study strategies are a good fit for their learning/study styles
  4. Demonstrate improvement in their grammar proficiency
  5. Use self-chosen strategies consistently over a period of time

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