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ENGL 030 - Intermediate English
Course Details

Course Code:
ENGL 030

Calendar Description:
The goal of Intermediate English is for students to master a functional level of reading, vocabulary development, study skills, effective writing, critical thinking and participating in group work. This course is designed to provide students with the information, expertise, and approach to enter higher level courses as well as training for future careers.

Date First Offered: 2004-06-01

Hours:
  • Total Hours: 120
  • Lecture Hours: 5
  • Seminars and Tutorials: 1
Total Weeks: 20

This course is offered online: No

Pre-Requisites:
  • ENGL 020- Fundamental English (or Grade 8-9 reading level)
  • OR permission of the instructor.
Non-Course Pre-Requisites: None

Co-Requisites: None

Rearticulation Submission: No

Course Content:
REQUIRED
Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Recalling and interpreting information
  • Identifying subject/topic, main ideas, supporting ideas, sequence
  • Summarizing, making inferences, comparing and contrasting, classifying, defining, and drawing conclusions
  • Analyzing information and problem solving
  • Identifying and discussing fact and opinion
Speaking and Listening
  • Asking questions to clarify meaning
  • Effective listening skills
  • Using voice and body language appropriately and effectively
  • Responding to listener feedback
  • Paraphrasing
  • Oral presentations that inform or persuade
  • Providing input and feedback (peer editing, group discussion, classroom participation, etc.)
Reading, Research, Reference
  • Context clues and word structure analysis (prefix, suffix, root, etc.) to determine meaning
  • Homonyms, antonyms, synonyms,
  • Using a dictionary and thesaurus to expand vocabulary
  • Reading to locate information
  • Using reference materials (periodicals, encyclopedias, textbooks, catalogues, manuals, CD-ROM’s, World Wide Web)
  • Using in-book reference tools (index, table of contents, glossary)
  • Skimming, scanning, outlining, memorizing, exam taking, and note-taking skills and techniques
  • Recognizing illogical arguments, fallacies, stereotypes, bias, and propaganda
  • Identifying points of view
Written Communication
  • Writing process steps (prewriting, drafting, revising, editing)
  • Gathering ideas; defining and narrowing a topic; evaluating, selecting, and organizing source materials
  • Adjusting content and style of writing to suit purpose, audience, situation
  • Revising and editing work to improve content, organization, word choice, phrasing, sentence and paragraph structure, spelling, punctuation, and mechanics
  • Writing paragraphs, essays, summaries, reports, business letters
  • Writing narrative, descriptive, explanatory, and persuasive (expository) pieces
  • Reviewing books, movies, plays, television programs, documentaries, or pieces of music
  • Understanding and avoiding plagiarism

RECOMMENDED
Co-operative Communication
  • Establishing co-operative working relationships
  • Recognizing and respecting diversity and individual differences
  • Recognizing non-verbal clues
  • Establishing goals and priorities
  • Responding to thoughts, opinions, and work of others
  • Constructively challenging assumptions and traditions
Media Literacy
  • Identifying and tracking themes, topic, content
  • Interpreting common graphics (graphs, charts, tables)
Computer Literacy
  • Computer hardware and peripherals (keyboard, mouse, printer, etc.)
  • Word processing software including spell check and thesaurus
  • Electronic mail
Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, learners will be able to:
  • Demonstrate effective listening skills as well as ask questions and use paraphrasing to clarify meaning
  • Recall, interpret, analyze, and summarize information
  • Identify and discuss examples of fact and of opinion and identify point of view
  • Provide useful input and feedback in a variety of situations (peer editing, group discussion, classroom participation, etc.)
  • Use context clues and work structure analysis (prefix, suffix, root) to determine meaning
  • Make inferences, comparisons, contrast, classifications, definitions, conclusions
  • Demonstrate skills in outlining, memorizing, exam taking and note-taking
  • Identify and track a theme, topic, or specified content from a variety of media
  • Read to locate specific information as well as use reference materials (periodicals, encyclopedias, textbooks, catalogues, operating manuals, CD-ROMS, World Wide Web)
  • Use skimming and scanning techniques
  • Analyze information and solve problems (create solutions, identify impact of solutions, modify solutions)
  • Use a dictionary and thesaurus to expand vocabulary
  • Interpret common graphics (graphs, charts, tables)
  • Identify and avoid plagiarism
  • Demonstrate writing skills at the appropriate level (write effective paragraphs, essay, summaries, reports, and business letters)
  • Write narrative, descriptive, explanatory, and persuasive (expository) pieces
  • Understand and use the steps of the writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing
  • Gather ideas; define and narrow a topic; evaluate, select and organize source materials
  • Adjust content and style of writing to suit purpose, audience, and situation
  • Revise and edit work to improve content, organization, word choice, phrasing, sentence and paragraph structure, spelling, punctuation, and mechanics
  • Prepare and deliver an effective oral presentation to inform or persuade
  • Recognize non-verbal cues and use voice and body language appropriately and effectively
  • Respond appropriately to listener feedback
  • Establish co-operative working relationships with others
  • Recognize and respect diversity and individual differences
  • Respond appropriately to thoughts, opinions, and work of others
  • Use appropriate computer hardware and peripherals (keyboard, mouse, printer, storage media, etc.)
  • Use word processing software including spell check and thesaurus
  • Use electronic mail
Knowledge:
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • Spelling
  • Reference materials
  • Types of writing
Attitudes:
Respect diversity and individual differences

Skills:
  • Reading comprehension; writing; study skills; basic computer skills; critical thinking
Technologies:
  • Word processing; internet; electronic mail
Grading System: Letters

Passing Grade: D (50%)

Grading Weight:
  • Final Exam: 20 %
  • Quizzes and Tests: 20 %
  • Assignments: 50 %
  • Participation: 10 %
Number of Assignments: 15

Nature of Participation:
  • Reading and sharing writings in class
  • Participating in discussions
Writing Assignments: Approximately a minimum of
  • 2 grammar,
  • 3 summary
  • 2 short essays
  • 1 resume
  • 1 letter
  • 1 report
Percentage of Individual Work: 90

Percentage of Group Work: 10

Course Offered in Other Programs: No

Additional Comments:
  • Note: 60% or higher grade needed to proceed to ENGL 040.
  • Assignments may range in number from 10-15.
Supplies:
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Please note that textbooks and resources may vary by campus and/or to meet the needs of individual learners. Please contact the instructor at campus of attendance for list of required books.
Text Books:
  • Required - Fawcett, S., and Sanberg, A., 1993, Grassroots: The Writers Workbook (Houghton Mifflin). Chapters Covered: Varies
  • Required - Langan, J., 1994, Sentence Skills: A Workbook for Writers, First Canadian Edition (Toronto,McGraw-Hill). Chapters Covered: Varies
  • Optional - Barnes, M. J., 1994, Contemporary's Reading and Critical Thinking in the Content Areas (Chicago, Illinois). Chapters Covered: Varies
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