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Latin and Greek Elements in English

Mark Damen (mark.damen@usu.edu)
Main 307

Text. Donald M. Ayers, English Words from Latin and Greek Elements (2nd ed.)

Purpose. The purpose of this course is at once theoretical and applied. At the same time that you are increasing your understanding of English vocabulary by pursuing its historical roots, you will also enhance your knowledge of ancient western civilization by examining how it evolved through the perspective of language and linguistic change. Along with discussions and exercises about English words of classical origin, there will be presentations on Greek, Roman and medieval English history, the development of American English, culture and metaphor, and other topics relating to language evolution. Analysis of words will be based on sentences drawn from a wide range of English authors from the sixteenth century on. Tests and exercises will ask you to demonstrate:

awareness of language use spanning the modern and pre-modern eras;
understanding of the processes and principles affecting and effecting linguistic change;
knowledge of the classical word elements which underlie modern English vocabulary;
the ability to analyze particular English words built on Latin and Greek roots;
how these principles have been expressed in western thought and literature.

Grades. Five quizzes and two tests comprise the final grade in this class:

5 Quizzes (100 points each) 500 points
1 Midterm (Test #1) 200 points
1 Final (Test #2) 300 points
TOTAL 1000 points

Grades will be assigned on a standard percentage curve (1000 900 A; 900 800 B; 800 700 C; 700 600 D; below 600 F). A plus sign (+) will added to grades in the top 20% of a grade range (i.e., 900 880 B+; 800 780 C+; 700 680 D+), and a minus sign ( ) to grades in the bottom 20% (i.e., 920 900 A ; 820 800 B ; 720 700 C ). All tests and quizzes are cumulative, although quizzes will generally focus on newly acquired material. Missed tests and quizzes will count as zeroes. Make ups will be given only (1) with proof of a valid excuse, (2) with prior notification and (3) on the condition that the test/quiz is made up within a week of the original test/quiz date. Homework should be done independently; after all, that's the way you will be doing your tests. Incompletes will not normally be given. To ensure the accuracy of record keeping, students are strongly encouraged not to discard any records of graded work. No finals will be given before or after the scheduled time.

Course Structure. The course consists of fifteen weekly units (see Modules on the Canvas site). The syllabus contains a day-by-day breakdown of the course work.

Quizzes/Tests. All quizzes and tests will be taken on line via Canvas. They are timed, closed-book (no notes or textbook) and non-repeatable. Students will have a half hour to complete quizzes, one hour for the midterm and two hours for the final. The content and nature of quizzes and tests are outlined in detail on the course web site. Students will take the quizzes and tests using Proctorio. Please be sure you’re acquainted with this application.

Dates for Quizzes and Tests. Below are the dates for the quizzes and tests. Students may take these online quizzes and tests at any time during the periods specified below. Be aware that the deadlines for completing these examinations are set at midnight on the last day the exam is open.

• Quiz 1 (Latin Chapters 1-6, Ayers pp. 1-56) Sept. 6-11
• Quiz 2 (Latin Chapters 7-13, Ayers pp. 57-89) Sept. 20-25
• Quiz 3 (Latin Chapters 14-20, Ayers pp. 90-116) Oct. 4-9
• Test 1 (Midterm, Latin Chapters 1-25, Ayers, pp. 1-155) Oct. 18-21
• Quiz 4 (Greek Chapters 1-6, Ayers pp. 158-196) Oct. 30-Nov. 1
• Quiz 5 (Greek Chapters 7-13, Ayers pp. 196-231) Nov. 11-15
• Test 2 (Final, All Chapters, Ayers, pp. 1-290) Dec. 2-12

Drills. Drills are available on Canvas. There are two types of Drill in the course: Lesson Drills and Quiz/Test Drills (Quizzes, Midterm, Final). There is bonus credit attached to Lesson Drills, not to Quiz or Test Drills. All Drills are repeatable and will remain open so you can use them to review course material at any time during the term. On all Drills you will be asked to define or identify items which have been assigned to be memorized. Lesson Drills focus on the material in individual chapters or small groups of chapters. Quiz and Test Drills cover the material which will appear on a quiz or test.

Bonus Credit. Each Lesson Drill carries the potential of earning up to 1-4 points of credit which will be added to your next Quiz or Test score. Lesson Drills are repeatable, open-book and timed. Only the highest score will be recorded. They must be completed by the deadline posted for each Lesson Drill. For individual deadlines, see the calendar on Canvas. Bonus credit will be applied to a student’s final point total. Lesson Drills may be taken as Practice Drills after the posted deadline, but if so, they do not count for credit. There are two types of Lesson Drills: one which focuses on word elements (bases, prefixes, suffixes) and one which focuses on the elements of the words found in each chapter’s sentences. The first type works like flash cards. The second provides practice for the questions which will make up the majority of every quiz or test where you will be asked to identify and define the elements of a word.

Study Habits. Because this is a class that requires a good deal of memorization, it is imperative that you keep up with assignments. Cramming leads directly to failure. Contact me immediately if you are having troubles staying up with the class. I mean this. I am ready and willing to help you, but I can do nothing if you do not come to me first. Use your tuition dollars wisely and see me if you think I can help.

Academic Integrity. For matters relating to Academic Integrity (cheating, plagiarism and the unlikeable like), please see Article VI of the Student Code. Academic dishonesty in any form will be prosecuted to the fullest extent possible. Do your own work.

Students with ADA-documented physical, sensory, emotional or medical impairments may be eligible for reasonable accommodations. Veterans may also be eligible for services. All accommodations are coordinated through the Disability Resource Center (DRC) in Room 101 of the University Inn, (435)797-2444 voice, (435)797-0740 TTY, (435)797-2444 VP, or toll free at 1-800-259-2966. Please contact the DRC as early in the semester as possible. Alternate format materials (Braille, large print or digital) are available with advance notice.

All of this is subject to change. Students are responsible for keeping up to date with all alterations in scheduling, deadlines and assignments announced in class, on this web site, on Canvas or via email.

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