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Capitol City Careers
English:  Fall, 1999
Instructor:  Glenn Frates

Course Syllabus

Text:			Grammar and Punctuation, 2nd Ed. (Diane Castilaw)

Prerequsite:		None

Grading:		50%	General Tests (5)
			25%	Vocabulary Tests Average
			 5%	Homework
			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 
			being affected.

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.