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ENGL 026 - Fundamental English Level 6
Course Details

Course Code:
ENGL 026

Calendar Description:
This course further develops skills and strategies for reading, writing and communication. Skill areas covered will develop learners capacity for dealing more effectively in personal, work and educational situations.

Date First Offered:

  • Total Hours: 60
  • Lecture Hours: 3
  • Seminars and Tutorials: 3
Total Weeks: 10

This course is offered online: No

  • ENGL 025 Fundamental English Level 5
  • OR Instructor permission based on assessment of fundamental skill levels.
Non-Course Pre-Requisites: None

Co-Requisites: None

Rearticulation Submission: Yes

Course Content:
  • Expository readings to extend understanding
  • 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 and letters
  • Summary writing
  • Extended paragraph writing
  • 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 reading strategies: writers point of view and purpose, character analysis
  • Independently read a short novel
  • Recognize and write simple, compound and complex sentences to produce a coherent expanded paragraph
  • Write a business letter
  • Discuss and summarize short stories and articles presented from a variety of media
  • Distinguish between colloquial and standard language
  • Make inferences and draw conclusions, argue for and against; give concise, purposeful explanation
  • Use strategies for writing, including prewriting, outlines and editing
  • Use consistent verb tense, subject verb agreement and punctuation
  • Identify and correct fragments and run-ons
  • Use critical thinking skills to determine validity of information from a variety of media
  • Demonstrate effective study skills - goal setting, homework, time management
  • Use critical thinking while listening to others or viewing media
  • Give concise sequential oral instructions
  • Use basic word processing skills, save and print documents 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% Actively 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 - Matthiesen, S. et. al., 2007, Baron's Essential Words for 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, 2001, Intermediate Grammar (MAVED). Chapters Covered: Varies
  • Optional - Fry, E, 2007, Middle and Advanced 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 Wildside (Jamestown Publishers). Chapters Covered: Varies
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