Summer 2021 - LING 200 D100

Foundations of English Grammar (3)

Class Number: 1173

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM



Provides a practical overview of English grammar based on linguistic principles. Explores fundamentals of English sentence structure, grammatical categories and grammatical analysis through lectures and hands-on work in the classroom. Develops skills that are applicable in language analysis, writing and communication. Open to all students.


This course introduces you to commonly used terminology and concepts employed in analyzing English grammar. It’s 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’s 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.


  • Exam 1, 2, and 3 (timed Canvas quizzes, synch) worth 15% each 45%
  • Two Group Projects (asynch) 20%
  • Weekly Participation (group assignments, practice quizzes, etc.) 35%



Remote (online), Blended: 2/3 synchronous 2:30-4:30 pm on Mondays (via Canvas and Zoom) and 1/3 asynchronous (approx. 1 hour recorded lecture per week).

Sample weekly module: approx. 1 hour of listening to a pre-recorded lecture (asynch); approx. 30 minutes going over main points of weekly topic (on Zoom, synch); approx. 1 hour interactive activities and small in-class projects (on Zoom, synch), approx. 20-30 min. questions, reminders about forthcoming projects, etc.


PLATFORMS USED: Canvas & Zoom.

: Laptop, Internet, microphone.



Munro, Murray; Burgess, Cliff and Tchizmarova, Ivelina (2011). Introduction to the Description of English Grammar. Dubuque, Iowa, USA: Kendall Hunt Publishing. (cherry-colour cover)

ISBN: 978-1-4652-0542-1


Morenberg, Max (2014, 5th ed.). Doing Grammar. New York: Oxford University Press.
ISBN: 978-0199947331

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Students should familiarize themselves with the Department's Standards on Class Management and Student Responsibilities.

Please note that a grade of “FD” (Failed-Dishonesty) 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.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site 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.


Teaching at SFU in summer 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods, but we will continue to have in-person experiential activities for a selection of courses.  Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning ( or 778-782-3112).