Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
ESOL 163
Course Title:
Grammar 2
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Course Description

Provides the opportunity for identification and practice of the following grammatical structures: subject-verb agreement, verb tenses, passive voice, gerunds and infinitives, and articles. Reinforces concepts in both oral and written contexts. This elective class does not replace courses in the core curriculum. Prerequisites: Placement in ESOL 160, ESOL 162, and ESOL 164 or higher; or successful completion of ESOL 150, ESOL 152 and ESOL 154. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

1.  Understand the development of grammar competency as a process that involves determination of purpose, selection and adjustment of strategies, comprehension checks, and integration of prior with new knowledge to address the purpose.

2. Use the selected grammatical structures appropriately in a variety of oral and written context at an upper-intermediate level.

Course Activities and Design

Class time includes a combination of lecture, discussion and grammar practice. Other activities, such as skits and group projects reinforce the grammar topics. Homework includes preparation for all the above as well as journal writing, practice exercises and study for quizzes and tests.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

The following assessment strategies may be used to determine a student€™s competency in grammar:

1. Grade a minimum of five journal entries which include the grammar topics covered in the class.

2. Assess grammar exercises provided in books, workbooks and/or online tools.

3. Evaluate the use of appropriate grammatical structures in speaking using online voice recording applications, such as Blackboard Wimba. 

4. Evaluate the grammar used in oral activities such as skits or role plays.  

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

A.         Grammar Review and Instruction:

  1. Recognize and use the selected grammar topics in both written and spoken academic contexts.

Based on a diagnostic test, instructors should select at least five of the following grammar topics to be covered during the term:

  1. Verb tenses, focusing on perfect and perfect progressive verb tenses
  2. Subject-verb agreement
  3. Sentence patterns
  4. Sentence types (simple, compound, complex)
  5. Major sentence errors (fragments, comma splices, run ons)
  6. Gerunds and infinitives
  7. Passive voice
  8. Articles
  9. Prepositions and phrasal verbs

B.         Critical Thinking Skills:

1. Demonstrate an awareness of audience and purpose for various registers and


2. Distinguish between relevant and irrelevant information, eg., choosing between gerund and infinitive form.

3. Determine appropriate uses for various structures, eg., choosing an active or passive

4. Learn to look at language in context in order to determine function and purpose.