Classroom activities will encourage students to develop a critical awareness of the principles of clear and correct prose. Although brief lectures will focus the aims of each unit, most sessions will be workshop-oriented and will emphasize:
- writing activities
- discussion and assessment of student writing
- discussion of ways to revise and improve written products
- rewriting activities.
Students will work in small study groups, learning to assess the effectiveness of one another's writing and to recommend strategies for organization and for revision.
Students will acquire these skills by performing a variety of writing tasks to prepare them for future workplace related writing activities. Students will:
- write routine letters such as
- requests for information
- responses to request for information
- write memoranda which
- write summaries of field-related readings
- write descriptions of phenomena or mechanisms
- explain data or processes
- complete preparatory writing exercises.
Successful students should be able to undertake the more complex writing tasks required in CMNS 1110, 1111 and 1115 or English 1130.
Special Course Objectives
By the end of the course, successful students will have developed proficiency in writing skills allowing them to
- write coherent paragraphs
- organize data in accurate and coherent form
- show logical connections between assertions
- write grammatically correct sentences
- choose words appropriate to the writing task
- spell correctly
- summarize field-related readings
- write business correspondence and memoranda in appropriate format
- use library resources effectively and efficiently
- gather data from firsthand observation
- distinguish between fact and opinion
- submit assignments in a neat and legible form that considers readers’ needs.
Evaluation will be based on this general breakdown:
|Preparedness and participation||10%|
The instructor will choose a suitable textbook. Possible choices are as follows:
- The Brief English Handbook. Dornan & Dawe
- Writing Fundamentals. J. T. Lyons
- Canadian Business English. Mary E. Guffey & P. Burke
- The Bare Essentials. S. Norton & B. Green
- The Least You Should Know About English. T. F. Glazier
- The Reluctant Writer. Mann & Roberts
- Impact. Mary Northey
- Any College entrance Language Proficiency Requirement EXCEPT the Douglas College Course Options in ELLA or ENGU, OR
- a minimum grade of C- in ELLA 0460, or a minimum grade of C- in both ELLA 0465 and 0475, OR
- a minimum grade of C- in ENGU 0450 or ENGU 0455 or ENGU 0490, OR
- Mastery in ELLA 0330 and any two of ELLA 0310, 0320, or 0340.
Courses listed here must be completed either prior to or simultaneously with this course:
- No corequisite courses
Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:
- No equivalency courses