Capitol City Careers
English: Fall, 1999
Instructor: Glenn Frates
Text: Grammar and Punctuation, 2nd Ed. (Diane Castilaw)
Grading: 50% General Tests (5)
25% Vocabulary Tests Average
20% Final Exam
5% Extra Credit
Time Allotment: 60 Hours (Total credit hours - 6)
Class Time: Monday - Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
(Typically, not accounting for holidays, etc.)
Attendance: Students can miss a total of six (6) hours without their grade
Objective & Overview:
This course covers grammar, punctuation, basic spelling rules and
the use of the dictionary. Students are also given exercises through
which composition and vocabulary skills are developed.
The objective of the course is for the student to be able to master the
grammar and punctuation skills necessary for accurate transcript
preparation by the beginning court reporter entering the work force.
Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Grammar
Weeks 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 Punctuation
Week 12 Capitalization
Week 13 Numbers & Abbreviations
Week 14 Homonyms & Review
Week 15 Review & Final Exam
Vocabulary: a) New vocabulary words are given every Thursday.
b) A vocabulary test is given every Thursday.
Extra Credit: Students may do extra credit to improve their grade
by a total of 5%. Extra credit will consist of one
optional assignment offered every week. A student
may do no more than one extra credit assignment per
week. If a student completes ten extra assignments
satisfactorily, they will receive 5% improvement in
their final grade.
Other Resources: Other resources to be used in this class include
The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Supreme
Court Collection from Cornell University and Morson's
English Guide for Court Reporting.