ENGL 040 - Advanced English

The goal of Advanced English is for students to develop a variety of core skills in critical and creative thinking, speaking and listening, reading, research and reference, and written communication. These along with related skills in cooperative communication, media literacy, and computer literacy are part of effective personal, academic and workplace communication. Students who have successfully completed the Advanced Level will have the skills that are necessary to enter Provincial Level courses and some vocational, career, and technological programs. 


Hours: 120 (Lecture Hours: 120)


Total Weeks: 20


“C“ or higher in ENGL030 or ENGL10 or equivalent or
Advanced Level Placement on the CCP English Assessment


Non-Course Prerequisites:




Course Content:
Although these topics are listed under discrete headings, it is recommended that they be integrated, reflecting a holistic approach to language skill acquisition.
1. Critical and Creative Thinking
- Subject/topic, main ideas, thesis, supporting ideas, and sequence
- Making Inferences based on prior knowledge, purpose and audience, accuracy, relevance, assumptions, bias, and tone
- Synthesis of information
- Comparison and contrast
- Classification
- Definition
- Conclusions
- Problem-solving strategies
- Fact and opinion
2. Reading, Research, Reference
- Context clues and word structure analysis (prefix, suffix, root)
- Dictionary and thesaurus use
- Homonyms, antonyms and synonyms
- In-book reference tools (index, table of contents, glossary)
- Skimming and scanning techniques
- Point of view, illogical argument, fallacies, stereotypes, bias and propaganda   
- Locating and selecting reference materials
- Note-taking skills and strategies
- Research skills (internet and library catalog searches)
- Editorial comments, magazine articles, technical or investigative writing, advertising
- Literary works of fiction: Elements including plot, theme, character, setting, conflict
3. Written Communication
- Steps of the writing process (prewrite, outline, draft, revise, edit)
- Paragraphs and essay
- Rhetorical modes
- Purpose, audience, and situation
- Organization, unity, coherence, word choice, phrasing
- Grammar, sentence, and paragraph structure
- Spelling, and punctuation
- Clichés, jargon, slang, and wordiness
- Complex and compound sentence structures
- Parallel constructions and misplaced/dangling modifiers
- Advanced spelling strategies
- Writing a review
- Writing on demand
- Research project
- Forms of documentation (MLA or APA)
- Plagiarism and proper citations
- Paraphrase, summary, and direct quote
4. Speaking and Listening
- Peer review/feedback
- Video-conferencing/online etiquette
- Voice and body language (v/c and f2f course)
- Group discussion and participation (v/c and f2f course)
- Paraphrase and summary
- Oral presentation
5. Computer Literacy
- Computer programs used to create, edit, and publish
- Format assignments using MLA guidelines
6. Creative Writing
- Poetry, blog, journal, story


Learning Outcomes:
1. Critical and Creative Thinking
-recall and interpret information (identify subject/topic, main ideas, supporting ideas, and sequence)
-summarize information
-make inferences
   using prior knowledge     
   identifying purpose and audience
   evaluating information for accuracy, relevance, and importance     
   recognizing underlying assumptions (bias and tone)     
   synthesizing information
-compare and contrast
-draw conclusions
-respond to information (create solutions, identify impact of solutions, modify solutions)
-identify and discuss examples of fact and opinion
2.Speaking and Listening
-ask questions to clarify meaning
-demonstrate effective listening skills and respond appropriately to listener feedback
-effectively use voice and body language
-provide useful input and feedback in a variety of situations (peer editing, group discussion, classroom participation)
-respond appropriately to thoughts, opinions, and work of others
-paraphrase ideas
-deliver an effective oral presentation to inform or persuade
3. Reading, Research, Reference
-use context clues and word structure analysis (prefix, suffix, root) to determine meaning
-use a dictionary and a thesaurus to expand vocabulary and to learn homonyms, antonyms and synonyms
-use in-book reference tools (index, table of contents, glossary)
-use skimming and scanning techniques
-read to locate specific information
-recognize point of view, illogical argument, fallacies, stereotypes, bias and propaganda   
-use variety of reference materials
-develop note-taking skills
-develop research skills (internet and library catalog searches)
-critically evaluate, make inferences, and draw conclusions
4. Written Communication
-use the steps of the writing process (prewrite, outline, draft, revise, edit)
-write paragraphs and essays in a variety of rhetorical modes including exposition and persuasion
-write a summary
-adjust content and style of writing to suit purpose, audience, and situation
-revise and edit work to improve content, organization, word choice, phrasing, grammar, sentence and paragraph structure, spelling, and punctuation
-recognize and edit for clichés, jargon, slang, and wordiness
-use complex and compound sentence structures
-use parallel constructions and correct misplaced or dangling modifiers
-develop advanced spelling strategies
-write a review of a book, movie, play, television program, documentary, piece of music, or other non-print material
-write paragraphs and essays on demand
-identify, discuss, and evaluate literary elements (plot, theme, character, setting, conflict)
-analyze and respond to editorial comment, magazine articles, technical or investigative writing, or advertising
-gather, evaluate, and organize information into a research assignment using appropriate documentation (MLA or APA)
-understand and avoid plagiarism
5. Co-operative Communication
-establish co-operative working relationships with others
-recognize and respect diversity and individual differences
-recognize non-verbal cues
-challenge assumptions constructively
6. Media Literacy
-identify and track a theme, topic, or specified content from a variety of media
-interpret common graphics (graphs, charts, tables)
-critique a variety of media messages
7.Computer Literacy
-use computer programs to create, edit, and publish
-format assignments appropriately
-use electronic communication
8. Creative Writing
-write a creative piece (poetry, blog, journal, story)

-forms of rhetoric
-essay structure

-respect diversity and individual differences
-recognize importance of etiquette in the online/videoconference environment

-crittical and creative thinking
-speaking and listening
-research and reference
-written communication

-word processing
-internet/library research
-D2L online interface


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.