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English Grammar for Academic Purposes

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ESL 3102

Delivery Method
Fully online
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About This Course

Form, meaning, and use of an expanded repertoire of complex English grammatical structures used in academic written/oral discourse. Subordination, coordination, ways of linking, complementation, lexical grammar, and editing.

Sample course topics: Sentence structure, transition expressions, tenses, passive and active voice, gerunds and infinitives, noun clauses, reporting, relative clauses, and conditionals. 

Sample textbook: Grammar Advantage, by Eric Nelson and George Yule.


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Eric Nelson
Adjunct Teaching Specialist
Minnesota English Language Program

Eric Nelson has a BA in linguistics and an MA in teaching English as a second language. He has taught ESL at the University of Minnesota since the late 1970s, with time out for teaching in France and Mexico. Eric has also taught teacher-training courses at Hamline University. Until recently, Eric spent winters in Tucson, Arizona, but he now lives in Minneapolis year-round. He rides a bike to work when the weather is good, walks a lot in every season, likes cats, and considers himself a morning person.