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Grammar, Syntax, and Technology. EDU551 Educational Applications of Computers Chapman University College Michael Bower, Instructor. Teacher Performance Expectations.

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Grammar, Syntax, and Technology

EDU551

Educational Applications of Computers

Chapman University College

Michael Bower, Instructor


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Teacher Performance Expectations

Making Subject Matter Comprehensible To StudentsTPE1. Specific Pedagogical Skills for Subject Matter Instruction How can technology help you make your subject matter comprehensible to students?


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To be baffled, one must be interested. For too many, grammar is not interesting. To say, “Well, you knew what I meant!” is not an excuse for poor communication skills!


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Good grammar is subjective and quite debatable; however, bad grammar is always bad and should always be avoided.


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Grammar errors distract from the message and cause negative feelings in the reader.  Avoiding errors helps you avoid low grades, lost employment opportunities, lost business, and embarrassment.


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Good grammar is the Law by which meaning is found and made. feelings in the reader.  Avoiding errors helps you avoid low grades, lost employment opportunities, lost business, and embarrassment.



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Answer These Questions mistakes!

  • Is e-mail ruining our language?

  • Can I be fired for speaking Spanish or another language on the job?

  • Are we less literate than we used to be?

  • To find some clues to these answers, click hereand read the article.

  • Share your findings with the class.


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How Can Technology Improve Writing? mistakes!

  • To help you with your list, click hereand read the article for ideas.

  • Lean how to be a better writer by clicking here.

  • To learn the parts of speech, rules of English, and check grammar and spelling, click here.


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10 Common Grammar Errors mistakes!

  • Split infinitives

  • Adverb usage

  • Subject-verb agreement

  • Pronoun agreement

  • Apostrophe usage

  • Comma and semicolon usage

  • Pronoun case

  • Dangling modifiers

  • Double negatives

  • Sentence structure

Click the title to learn about these common errors.


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Right or Wrong? mistakes!

  • To boldly go…

  • It scared her and me.

  • The check was mailed to him and her.

  • I need to lay down.

  • The students passes were revoked.

  • It was her.

  • Betsy and she have quite the team.

  • Mike invited Betty and me to the movies.

  • She is as stubborn as him.

To find the answers, ask the Grammar Doctor.

Take some grammar tests.


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APA Format mistakes!

  • Research papers must conform to the APA format.

  • All written work must be word processed or typed.

  • Please have someone proofread your work.

  • Points will be deducted for excessive grammatical and spelling errors.

  • Use Citation Machine or KnightCite to help you format electronic references.

  • For more help with the APA model, click here.


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Online References mistakes!

  • Farbman, E. and Darling, C. (n.d.). Sentence Sense. Retrieved on June 3, 2005, from the Sentence Sense Web site: http://webster.commnet.edu/sensen/index.html.

  • Giaquinta, R. (n.d.) 11 Rules of Writing. Retrieved on June 3, 2005, from the Junket Studies Internet Services Web site: http://www.junketstudies.com/rulesofw/.

  • GrammarStation.com. (2002). An online spelling and grammar checker for both teachers and students. Retrieved on June 3, 2005 from the GrammarStation.com Web site: http://www.grammarstation.com/index.htm.

  • Grammar Tutorial. (n.d.)Retrieved on June 3, 2005, from the Grammar Tutorial Web site: http://odl.vwv.at/english/odlres/res8/Grammar/grammar.htm.

  • Hardin, R. (2005). Grammar Help. Retrieved on June 3, 2005, from the Cape Fear Community College Web site:http://cfcc.net/rmorris/grammar.html.

  • Harvey, S. and Goudvis, A. (n.d.) Technology Integration Resources. Retrieved on June 3, 2005, from the Strategies That Work: Technology Integration Resources Web site: http://www.mayer.cps.k12.il.us/Strategies_that_Work/STW.htm#Matrix.


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Online References mistakes!

  • Humerous Grammar Rules. (n.d.). Retrieved on June 3, 2005, from Humerous Grammar Rules 1 Web site: http://www.creativeteachingsite.com/humorgrammar.htm.

  • Hursh, T. (2004). Improving Student Writing Through Technology. Retrieved on June 3, 2005, from the Main Page – WikEd Web site: http://moodle.ed.uiuc.edu/wiked/index.php/Improving_Student_Writing_Using_Technology.

  • Network for Instructional TV, Inc. (2001). TeachersFirst Resource Listings. Retrieved on June 3, 2005, from The 50 States Web site: http://www.teachersfirst.com/tchr-subj-date.cfm?subject=writing&lower=9&upper=12.

  • Person Education, Inc. (2005). The Grammar Gorillas. Retrieved on June 3, 2005, from the FunBrain.com Web site: http://www.funbrain.com/grammar/.

  • Pritchard, E. (2002). ESL Blues. Retrieved on June 3, 2005, from the ESL Blues Main Index Web site: http://www.college-em.qc.ca/prof/epritchard/.


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Online References mistakes!

  • Purdue University. (2003). Grammar, Punctuation, and Spelling. Retrieved June 3, 2005, from the Purdue University Online Writing Lab Web site: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/grammar/.

  • Strauss, J. (2005). The Importance of Good Grammar and Punctuation. Retrieved Jun. 3, 2005, from The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation Web site: http://www.grammarbook.com/importanceofgoodgrammar.asp.

  • Strauss, J. (2005). Grammar Rules. Retrieved June 3, 2005, from The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation Web site: http://www.grammarbook.com/grammar/cnt_gram.asp.

  • University of Calgary. (1998). The Basic Elements of English. Retrieved on June 3, 2005, from the University of Calgary Web site: http://www.ucalgary.ca/UofC/eduweb/grammar/.

  • Schnelbach, S., and Wyatt, C.S. (2004). Ten Common Grammar Errors. Retrieved on June 3, 2005, from the Tameri Guide for Writers: Common Grammar Errors Web site: http://www.tameri.com/edit/gramerrors.html.


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