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ENGL 050 - Provincial English

Provincial Level English is required for the Provincial Diploma and is recommended for further academic study. The course models the traditional academic English course, develops skills in the context of reading and writing about literature, including Canadian literature, from a variety of genres, and prepares students for post-secondary academic English courses.


Hours: 120 (Lecture Hours: 6)


Total Weeks: 20


ENGL 040 - Advanced English or equivalent;
OR permission of Instructor


Non-Course Prerequisites:


Course Content:
The Critical Approach

- The writer’s task, purpose and approach to writing
- Features of literary and commercial fiction
- Benefits of reading literary works
- History of English language
- Critical approach, philosophy and skills
- Principles of sound argument, evidence, relevance, reliability, faulty reasoning
- Persuasive techniques
The Essay
- Brief history
- Thesis/argument/tone/techniques/analysis/style
- Study of several essays, historical and modern
- Paraphrasing
The Research Essay and Oral Presentation
- Topic/purpose/audience/format
- Thesis development
- Researching, taking notes, avoiding plagiarism
- Working bibliography
- Formal outline
- APA documentation: integrating quotes and citing sources
- Writing, revising, editing process
- Oral presentation: presentation aids/criteria/feedback
The Short Story
- Elements of fiction defined and illustrated
- Study of various short stories, including those by Canadian authors
- Analysis of plot, character, setting, theme, point-of-view, foreshadowing, symbolism, and irony
- Writing about theme, characterization, and conflict
- Study of various poems
- Definition, poetic terms, techniques, characteristics, and patterns
- Explicit meanings: diction, syntax, allusion, connotation, paraphrase
- Structure: form and pattern (Haiku, sonnet, limerick, ode, elegy, free verse)
- Imagery: concrete/abstract, connotation, figurative language, symbolism
- Sound elements: voice, rhythm, rhyme, alliteration, euphony, cacophony
The Literary Essay
- Topic/purpose/audience/format
- Thesis development
- Critical analysis
- MLA (Modern Language Association) documentation: integrating quotes and citing sources
- Writing, revising, editing process
- Tragedy and comedy (archetype)
- Fiction and drama: commonalities, differences, limitations
- Steps to reading a play
- Study of one drama of literary merit
- Writing about characterization and conflict
The Novel
- Definition and comparison to the short story
- Study of a novel of literary merit
- Applying critical and analytical techniques 


Learning Outcomes:
The learner will be able to:
Critical and Creative Thinking
- Recognize tone, including irony, and understatement in poetry, short stories, drama
- Evaluate argument for validity, reliability, currency, and objectivity
- Recognize structural elements associated with particular standard formats for literary communications
- Employ advanced problem-solving skills through cooperative communications activities
- Demonstrate an awareness of the power of language in literary communications
- Demonstrate the importance of language and composition in furthering the problem solving process (initiating, developing, and organizing thought)
- Demonstrate how communication formats influence language choices and usage
Speaking and Listening
- Interact effectively in formal or informal situations
- Adjust speaking style to suit audience, purpose, and situation
- Employ effective presentation aids (e.g. diagrams, line drawings, overheads) to enhance communications
   Deliver a research-based oral presentation to inform or persuade
   Give and respond effectively to feedback during oral presentations
- Paraphrase with a critical understanding of arguments
Reading, Research and Reference
- Summarize, make inferences, draw conclusions and critically evaluate
- Evaluate the effectiveness of one's own and others' written presentations using criteria that include the following:
   Plain language
   Coherence and organization 
   Consistency in the application of usage conventions
   Relevance to argument of supporting evidence and examples
   Appropriateness to intended purpose and audience
   Attention to detail
-Paraphrase main ideas in written or oral instructions
- Distinguish between implicit and explicit messages
- Apply prior knowledge and experience to assist understanding of new material
- Employ a variety of strategies and sources to gather information, including print sources, library resources and the internet; summarize; make inferences; draw conclusions and critically evaluate
- Apply knowledge of the influence, writing style, and background of particular authors to understanding of their writings
- Read a variety of works, including those by Canadian authors, in several genres, including short stories, novels, poetry, and drama
- Place a piece of literature in its historical context
- Describe the social and personal benefits of reading great literature
Written Communication
- Edit work fully and competently
- Demonstrate effective word choice
- Demonstrate a variety of sentence structures
- Demonstrate a variety of transition techniques
- Demonstrate connotative language used effectively
- Gather information and organize it into a research paper or report of approximately 1500 words using and appropriate documentation style
- Write literary essays using appropriate structure and development techniques
- Discuss literary terms (conflict, theme, character, mood, tone, irony, foreshadowing, archetype, and setting) in the analysis of works studied (e.g. poetry, fiction, drama)
Computer Literacy
- Employ a variety of research tools and resources including Internet search engines and information sites
- Use appropriate software for writing essays


Grading System: Letters


Passing Grade: D (50%)


Percentage of Individual Work: 100



Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.

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