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ENG 510/TESL 592, Modern English Grammar, v1 IS
University of Mississippi

3 credit hours


Michael Raines

Instructor name:

Michael C. Raines, Ph.D.

Instructional Assistant Professor of TESL and IEP

Instructor Information:

Michael Raines currently teaches in the TESOL Program in The Department of Modern Languages and also in the Intensive English Program. Originally from Tupelo, MS, Michael has been teaching ESL for a long time. He first studied and taught in Mexico City for a number of years, and after that experience, returned to the United States to finish his Ph.D. in TESOL at Ole Miss. After finishing his degree, he taught at the University of Alabama for several years, where he was director of two programs: ESL and Foreign Language Education and also managed a federal grant. He has taught additional intensive TESL classes overseas. After his tenure at the University of Alabama, Michael returned to Ole Miss to teach Spanish and ESL for several years. In the Fall 2010 semester, he began teaching in the TESOL and IEP programs and has also taught a number of courses on-line for Modern Languages.


E-mail: Office phone: 915-1492

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The University of Mississippi, Department of Outreach and Continuing Education
P.O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

Phone: (662) 915-7313, toll-free (877) 915-7313
Fax: (662) 915-8826


This 8-lesson Independent Study course is a thematic study of grammar; its forms and functions. Each lesson includes a reading assignment and corresponding exercises, to be followed by an eventual mid-course exam and an eventual final course exam. Graduate students are required to write two graduate reviews, the first one after Lesson #4 and the second one after Lesson #8 before the final course exam. All students are required to find 8 Quirks of the Week, one to be submitted at the end of each lesson.


Required Textbook:

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Teschner, Richard V. and Evans, Eston E. Analyzing the Grammar of English. (3rd Ed.) Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2007.

Print ISBN 978-1-58901-166-3 or 1-58901-166-X.

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Use the ISBN number to make sure you are ordering the exact book required in this syllabus.


In this class you will have the opportunity to:

  1. survey the basic structures of American English;
  2. examine the major issues and contributions of English linguistics to the study of language;
  3. peruse and discuss a variety of teaching techniques;
  4. develop a richer understanding of American English;
  5. express verbally and in writing opinions on language and critique other such opinions;
  6. investigate topics of individual interest in English linguistics.


This course consists of 8 instructional lessons.

Reading Assignments
Due for Grades

You MUST take the syllabus quiz within 2 weeks of enrolling or you will be dropped from the course. NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.

Syllabus Quiz

Introduction: Utterances, Sentences, Clauses, and Phrases

Lesson exercises

Chapter 2: Verbs, Tenses, Forms, and Functions

Lesson exercises

Chapter 3: Basic Structures, Questions, Do-Insertions, Negation, Auxiiliaries, Responses, Emphasis, Contraction

Lesson exercises

Chapter 4: Modals, Prepositional and Particles Verbs, Transitivity and Voice, and Conditionality

Lesson exercises
Graduate Review 1: supplemental activity for graduate students only Graduate Review 1
Mid Course Exam
Proctored exam that covers Chapters 1-4. Graduate students will see an additional exam section they must complete.
To be scheduled and completed before proceeding
Chapter 5: Some Components of the Noun Phrase: Forms and Functions
Lesson exercises

Chapter 6: Adjectives and Relative Clauses

Lesson exercises
Chapter 7: Adverbs, It and There Referentials and Nonreferentials, and Fronting
Lesson exercises

Chapter 8: Compound Sentences: Coordination, Subordinations

Lesson exercises
Graduate Review 2: supplemental activity for graduate students only Graduate Review 2
Final Course Exam
Proctored exam that covers Chapters 1- 8, specifically Chapters 5 - 8. Graduate students will see an additional exam section they must complete.
To be scheduled
and completed
to finalize credit



90 - 100% = A
80 - 89% = B
70 - 79% = C
60 - 69% = D
Below 59% = F


The grading format is as follows:

  • Lesson Assignments 40% (for graduate students, this includes two Graduate Reviews worth 10% of the total grade)
  • Midterm exam 25%
  • Final exam 25%
  • 8 Quirks of the Week 10%


A student who wishes to receive credit for an Independent Study course must take all required exams under the supervision of an approved test site official (a proctor). iStudy has a testing facility (DETL, the Distance Education Testing Center at UM) to proctor tests for students in the Oxford area. Students near Tupelo, Southaven, Grenada or Booneville can use our regional campus testing centers. Other students are allowed to take tests from any approved 2 or 4 year college or university. Testing centers and public libraries can also serve as proctors, but K-12 schools are not acceptable. More information is available on the iStudy website. If you are testing in Oxford, you need to submit a test application via Register Blast. The link to Register Blast can be found at the iStudy website. If you are not testing in Oxford, you need to submit an online test application via the iStudy website.



In an Independent Study course, a student's reading comprehension and written communication skills become even more important than in traditional lecture courses because they are the student's primary means of receiving knowledge and demonstrating mastery of that knowledge. Accordingly, reading comprehension and written communication skills are necessary for success in this course.

Online Attendance Verification: The University requires that online students show active virtual participation as a substitute for physical presence. Active participation is evaluated by submission of a graded assignment within the first two weeks of the course. Simply logging in to Blackboard does not count. For iStudy, you can show engagement by taking the syllabus quiz. You will be dropped from the class if you fail to take the quiz by the end of the second week after enrollment. If you have already submitted any other assignment, you do not need to take the quiz.

Videos: Most chapters contain at least one video, so you'll need speakers or headphones and the download capacity to watch short videos. If you teach, the additional videos and exercises will help you get an idea of how to explain things to your own students.

Reviews: Graduate students will turn in two reviews of readings from the list above. The reviews will be about five pages (2,000 words) of discussion and critique of the concepts found within the reading.

Quirks of the Week: Every lesson, each student will post an interesting grammatical item to be pondered as we work through advanced English grammar, called the "Quirk of the Week." This item may come from a reading in popular culture, from TV or newspapers, or from any verbal exchange (as long as that exchange remains anonymous). Our intent is not to "solve" grammar but to take note of all the diversity of English.

Homework: Eight assignments will be turned in on Blackboard, one for each chapter assigned. These homework assignments will be posted in the dropboxes in the lessons, with your name at the top of the first page. You will receive a 10 for perfectly acceptable work. Keep all materials for your exams.


The University of Mississippi is committed to the creation of inclusive learning environments for all students. If there are aspects of the instruction or design of this course that result in barriers to your full inclusion and participation or to accurate assessment of your achievement, please contact the course instructor as soon as possible. Barriers may include, but are not necessarily limited to, timed exams and in-class assignments, difficulty with the acquisition of lecture content, inaccessible web content or the use of non-captioned or non-transcribed video and audio files. Students must also contact Student Disability Services at 662 - 915 - 7128 so that office can:

  1. provide you with an Instructor Notification form
  2. facilitate the removal of barriers
  3. ensure you have equal access to the same opportunities for success that are available to all students

For more information, please visit their website at


You should not share your private personal passwords (for your Blackboard account or for your email) with anyone else, including brothers or sisters, boyfriends or girlfriends, or parents. Logs of all your activity within the Blackboard course environment, including the Internet location from which you are accessing Blackboard, are available to the instructor and to the Independent Study office. Any evidence of logins to a student's Blackboard course by someone other than the student will be treated as an act of academic dishonesty and will result, at minimum, with failure in the course; the student may also be subject to the more severe disciplinary actions outlined in The University Policy on Academic Dishonesty. (ACA.AR.600.001)

Academic Dishonesty is expressly prohibited by The University of Mississippi. See The University of Mississippi's M Book. This includes plagiarism and self-plagiarism. Plagiarism is not only prohibited by the university but it could also be a legal offense (ex: copyright, infringement, fraud, etc.).

To be absolutely clear, working with another person to answer submitted questions or any of the test questions is unacceptable. If it is determined that any student has violated this policy, the instructor will take the appropriate steps under The University of Mississippi's Academic Dishonesty policy. These range from failing the course to being suspended from The University of Mississippi.

If you have any questions about plagiarism please consult the web links below or contact the iStudy office.


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