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ENGL 040 - Advanced English
Course Details

Course Code: ENGL 040

Precluded Courses: None

Calendar Description:
The goal of Advanced English is to assist learners to develop a critical approach to reading, writing, listening, viewing, and speaking. These communicative skills prepare a learner to participate more effectively in career and technical training or further academic study.

Date First Offered:


  • Total Hours: 120
  • Lecture Hours: 6
Total Weeks: 20

This course is offered online: No

  • Grade 10 reading level
  • OR ENGL 030 Intermediate English
Non-Course Pre-Requisites: None


Rearticulation Submission: No

Course Content:
Critical Thinking:
  • Recalling, summarizing, and interpreting information
  • Identifying subject/topic, main idea, supporting ideas, and sequences
  • Making inferences by using prior knowledge; synthesizing information; evaluating information for accuracy, relevance, and importance; recognizing underlying assumptions (bias and tone); identifying purpose and audience.
  • Comparing, contrasting, classifying, defining, thinking creatively, drawing conclusions
  • Responding to information by creating solutions, identifying impact of solutions, and modifying solutions
Oral/Aural Communication:
  • Asking questions to clarify meaning
  • Taking messages, paraphrasing, summarizing
  • Using verbal language, style, tone, level of complexity, body language, and voice appropriate to the audience and the occasion
  • Effective listening skills
  • Actively participating in conversations and group discussion, providing useful feedback, and responding appropriately to listener feedback
Reading, Research, Reference:
  • Recognizing and defining business and technical terms common to industry
  • Explaining business, scientific, and technical information from text
  • Skimming and scanning techniques
  • Recognizing point of view, illogical argument, fallacies, stereotypes, bias, and propaganda
  • Developing outlining, note-taking, and research skills
  • Using the library cataloguing system
  • Using quotations properly from secondary sources
  • Preparing a list of works cited
  • Identifying and critically discussing literary elements in writing, audio, and visual material: plot, character, setting, conflict
  • Critically evaluating a book, movie, play, television program, documentary or piece of music in order to write a review
  • Using documentation styles (MLA and/or APA)
Written Communication:
  • Using parallel construction and correcting misplaced or dangling modifiers
  • Using compound and complex sentence structure
  • Editing for grammar
  • Recognizing clichés, jargon, slang, and wordiness in sentences
  • Editing for spelling
  • Using expanded vocabulary
  • Writing essays of greater length and complexity than at the intermediate level with particular emphasis on expository and persuasive structures
  • Writing analytical reports responding to some of the following: editorials, magazine articles, technical writings, investigative writings or advertising
  • Describing workplace documents: business reports, agendas, memos, e-mail, letters
  • Gathering research and organize it into a research paper
  • Using approved style guide format
  • Identifying and critically discussing literary elements in written, audio and visual material: plot, theme, character, setting, conflict
  • Critically evaluating a book, movie, play, television program, documentary or piece of music and write a review
  • Explaining the use of adjuncts to writing i.e. graphics
Co-operative Communication
  • Establishing co-operative working relationships with others
  • Recognizing and respect diversity and individual differences
  • Recognizing non-verbal cues
  • Recognizing workplace customs
  • Problem solving
  • Building consensus
  • Resolving conflict
  • Establishing goals and priorities
  • Preparing and following schedules
  • Responding appropriately to thoughts, opinions, and work of others
  • Challenging assumptions and traditions constructively
Media Literacy
  • Identifying and tracking a theme, topic or specified content from a variety of media
  • Taking notes, organizing notes and writing summaries
  • Interpreting common graphics (graphs, charts, tables)
  • Identifying and discussing examples of fact and opinion
  • Exhibiting a critical awareness of media messages
  • Recognizing the structural differences and impacts upon audiences of various media presentations
Computer Literacy
  • Using computer hardware and peripherals (keyboard, mouse, printer)
  • Using the word processing software including spell check and thesaurus, and import information from other sources (e.g. spreadsheets, databases, Internet)
  • Communicating effectively using electronic mail
Learning Outcomes:
The learner will be able to:
  • Demonstrate language, communications and critical reading skills
  • Demonstrate writing skills
  • Analyze and formulate research skills in locating information and researching topics
  • Demonstrate reading comprehension competencies
  • Practice a critical approach to and analyze works of fiction and non-fiction
  • Employ specific study skills and reading strategies and techniques
  • Write paragraphs, compositions and selected communicative pieces
  • Produce summary writing pieces
  • Write formal reports and critical essays
  • Employ listening, viewing and speaking skills
Performance Tasks:
The learner will be able to:
  • Edit for sentence skills, spelling, slang, cliches, jargon, wordiness, and sentence variety at an advanced level
  • Demonstrate prewriting and outlining techniques at an advanced level
  • Write well-structured five-paragraph essays (300-500 words)
  • Write various types of essays (e.g. process, compare and contrast, persuasive) at an advanced level
  • Write a research essay with citations and works cited page using the MLA and/or APA format
  • Read assigned novels, essays, and short stories; critically discuss elements of these genres; and write paragraphs and short essays on these works
Passing Grade: D (50%)

Grading Weight:
  • Final Exam: 30 %
  • Quizzes and Tests: 20 %
  • Assignments: 50 %
Writing Assignments:
  • 5-6 general essays
  • 1 research essay
  • 1-2 literature-based essays
Percentage of Individual Work: 100

Course Offered in Other Programs: No

Additional Comments:
  • Number of Assignments: 15-20
Text Books:
  • Required - Langan, J., 2003, College Writing Skills with Readings 3rd Canadian Edition (Toronto). Chapters Covered: Varies
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