Spring 2020 - LING 200 D200

Introduction to English Sentence Analysis (3)

Class Number: 3145

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    HCC 1800, Vancouver



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 introduces you to commonly used terminology and concepts employed in analyzing English grammar. It is a practical course. The materials will help you to develop the analytical skills needed for understanding how sentences are put together. LING 200 is not prescriptive, but rather takes a descriptive approach: it deals with how we actually use English. It is a course that will appeal especially to those planning to teach English as a second language or who will be taking other linguistics or related courses at the university level.


  • 3 Midterms 75%
  • In-class activities 10%
  • Homework & Assignments 15%
  • No Final Exam


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/standards.html.
A grade of “FD” (Failed-Dishonesty) may be assigned as a penalty for academic dishonesty.
All student requests for accommodation of 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 the result of a disability, must contact the Centre for Students with Disabilities (778.782.3112 or csdo@sfu.ca).



Morenberg, Max (2014).  Doing Grammar (5th edition).  New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN:  978-0-19-994733-1
Munro, Murray, Cliff Burgess and Ivelina Tchizmarova (2011) Introduction to the Description of English Grammar. Dubuque: Kendall Hunt. ISBN: 978-1-4652-0542-1


The following books are available in the Reserves section of SFU's Burnaby and Vancouver Campus Libraries. They provide additional information about topics of LING 200 and related matters. 

Huddleston, Rodney & Pullum, Geoffrey. (2005). A Student’s Introduction to English Grammar. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Swan, Michael. (2005, 3rd edition). Practical English Usage. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Yule, George. (1998). Explaining English Grammar. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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