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ENGL 040 - Advanced English

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.

 

Hours: 120 (Lecture Hours: 6)

 

Total Weeks: 20

 

Prerequisites:

Grade 10 reading level or ENGL 030 Intermediate English

 

Non-Course Prerequisites:
None

 

Co-Requisites:
None

 

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 cataloging 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:
  Grammar:
- Using parallel construction and correcting misplaced or dangling modifiers
- Using compound and complex sentence structure
- Editing for grammar
- Recognizing cliches, jargon, slang, and wordiness in sentences
  Writing:
- 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 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
- Using computer hardware and peripherals (keyboard, mouse, printer)
- 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

 

Grading System: Letters

 

Passing Grade: D (50%)

 

Percentage of Individual Work: 100

 

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