ENGL 011 - Fundamental English Level 1

This course is designed to help adults develop basic personal English skills. It focuses on pre-reading, beginning reading, writing and oral communication. Learners may be supported by volunteer literacy tutors in conjunction with community literacy programs as well as in small instructor led groups.


Hours: 60 (Seminars and Tutorials 3)


Total Weeks: 20


Prerequisites: None


Course Content:
- Word analysis; phonic decoding, alphabet, consonants and blends, vowels and blends, personal sight word vocabulary, common symbols.
- Basic simple sentence structure: capitals and end punctuation
- Personal sight word recognition
- Text information location
- Goals: personal and learning
- Oral opinions
- Active listening
- Different purposes of spoken language
- Organization: personal and learning

Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, learners will be able to:

- Identify alphabet letters
- Identify short and long vowel sounds, consonant sounds and blends
- Identify common symbols and 100 - 150 basic personal sight words
- Recognize and name initial consonant sounds in words
- Recognize and count syllables in a spoken word
- Orally answer literal and/or inferential questions after listening to text read to them
- Retell simple information
- Show awareness that spoken language changes depending on audience, purpose and context
- Identify the main idea in non-fiction text read to them
- Print the letters of the alphabet in upper and lower case
- Print their name and 50 - 75 basic personal sight words
- Copy and take dictation of short, simple sentences
- Complete sentences by adding a subject or verb
- Recognize and use capital letters to begin a sentence and name
- Recognize and use periods and question marks
- Locate information in predictable, personally relevant, or repetitive text
- Express opinion and ask for help orally
- Identify personal short and long term goals for literacy learning
- Receive and respond appropriately to feedback
- Work independently on assigned tasks
- Develop the ability to monitor punctuality, transportation, child-care arrangements and time management
- Develop a beginning awareness of personal learning strengths


Grading System: Other


Passing Grade: Mastery of Learning Outcomes


Percentage of Individual Work: 90

Percentage of Group Work: 10

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.


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