Spring 2020 - LING 200 D100

Introduction to English Sentence Analysis (3)

Class Number: 3143

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    AQ 3149, Burnaby



A practical overview of English grammar based on linguistic principles, for those desiring basic knowledge of language structure, grammatical categories and grammatical analysis. This course is particularly suited for students interested in the teaching of English as a second language.


This course is an introduction to the terminology and concepts in English grammatical description. Topics to be covered include descriptive vs. prescriptive grammar, identifying parts of speech, phrase structure, clause types, and basic sentence patterns. The course will be of interest to students in the TESL Certificate Program and to those intending to pursue courses in syntax. The skills gained will be helpful in sentence analysis and in the description of errors produced by ESL students. The course is not intended to improve students’ general English skills, written or spoken.


  • Midterm I 25%
  • Midterm II 25%
  • Midterm III 25%
  • Class Assignments 15%
  • Participation 10%
  • No Final Exam
  • (Grading may be subject to change)


This course may be applied towards the Certificate in Teaching ESL or Certificate in the Linguistics of Speech Science, but not both.

Students should familiarize themselves with the Department's Standards on Class Management and Student Responsibilities at http://www.sfu.ca/linguistics/undergraduate/student-resources/department-standards.html.
Please note that a grade of “FD” may be assigned as a penalty for academic dishonesty.
All student requests for accommodations for their religious practices must be made in writing by the end of the first week of classes or no later than one week after a student adds a course.
Students requiring accommodations as a result of a disability must contact the Centre for Students with Disabilities (778-782-3112 or csdo@sfu.ca).



Morenberg, Max (2010).  Doing Grammar (5th edition).  New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN:  978-0-19-538729-2

Munro, Murray, Cliff Burgess and Ivelina Tchizmarova (2011) Introduction to the Description of English Grammar. Dubuque: KendallHunt. ISBN: 978-1-4652-0542-1

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html