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ENGL 025 - Fundamental English Level 5
Course Details

Course Code:
ENGL 025

Calendar Description:

This course develops skills and strategies for reading and responding to a variety of written material. Learners will develop composition, comprehension and critical analysis skills. Learners will further develop paragraph writing, oral communication and computer skills.

Date First Offered: 2008-09-02

  • Total Hours: 60
  • Seminars and Tutorials: 6
Total Weeks: 10

This course is offered online: No

  • ENGL 024 Fundamental English Level 4
  • OR Instructor permission based on assessment on fundamental skill levels.
Non-Course Pre-Requisites: None

Co-Requisites: None

Rearticulation Submission: Yes

Course Content:
  • Expository readings from a variety of fiction and non-fiction sources
  • Comprehension questions - main idea, details and sequence
  • Introduction to critical thinking - inferences, supported opinions and conclusions
  • Word analysis, vocabulary development and spelling strategies
  • Grammar, sentence variety and punctuation development
  • Writing process
  • Summary writing
  • Paragraph format
  • Study skills, learning style concepts and goal setting
  • Word processing - file management
  • Internet searches
Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, learners will be able to:
  • Employ basic reading strategies to a variety of text
  • Recognize fiction, non-fiction and different purposes for reading
  • Summarize main idea after reading and discussion
  • Make inferences and draw conclusions
  • Write effective sentences and paragraphs
  • Use basic spelling and grammar strategies
  • Recognize and write simple and compound sentences
  • Use strategies for writing, including prewriting, outlines and editing
  • Use punctuation such as apostrophes, commas and quotation marks
  • Write an 8-10 sentence paragraph in proper format
  • Use consistent verb tense
  • Identify and correct fragments and run-ons
  • Demonstrate effective study skills - goal setting, homework, time management
  • Use critical thinking while listening to others or viewing media
  • Give concise oral instructions
  • Use basic word processing skills and internet for classroom use
Grading System: Other

Grading Weight:
  • Quizzes and Tests: 40 %
  • Assignments: 50 %
  • Participation: 10 %
Number of Assignments: 10

Nature of Participation:
  • 80% - Individual - punctual, respectful,
  • 20% - Fully participate in group discussions and activities
Writing Assignments:
  • May include: writing samples (5-7) paragraphs, journals, in-class writing, novel studies, oral presentations, dictation, time lines, self-evaluation
Percentage of Individual Work: 80

Percentage of Group Work: 20

Course Offered in Other Programs: No

Additional Comments:
  • Individually-paced learning. Completion time will vary depending on learner's skills and the number of hours in class.
  • Portfolios help learners see progress and develop strategies to better understand their own learning needs. Writing samples and lists of words they can read/ and or spell are examples of materials that are compiled, usually by the learner, with assistance if necessary.
  • Log books are used to develop organizational and study skills to track attendance and hours spent on studies, monitor appointments with tutors, and keep lists of learned words and phrases, etc.
  • May vary by campus or to meet the needs of the individual learner.
Text Books:
  • Optional - Matthieson, S. et. al, 2007, Barron's Essential Words for the TOEFL (Barron's Educational Series, Inc.). Chapters Covered: Varies
  • Optional - McWhorter, K., 2006, Essential Reading Skills (Pearson Longman). Chapters Covered: Varies
  • Optional - BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Training and Technology, 2006, Intermediate Grammar (Open Learning Agency). Chapters Covered: Varies
  • Optional - Fry, E., 2007, Middle & Advanced Level Reading Drills (Jamestown Publishers). Chapters Covered: Varies
  • Optional - Centre for Curriculum, Transfer and Technology, 2006, Novels for Adult Readers (Queen's Printer). Chapters Covered: Varies
  • Optional - Billings, 2007, The Wild Side Readers (Jamestown Publishers). Chapters Covered: Varies
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