Reading Fiction, Poetry and Plays
All first-year English literature courses share the following features:
- Students are instructed in the writing of analytical essays on literary subjects.
- Students are taught to recognize and understand a variety of literary devices and textual elements, such as metaphor, symbolism, distinctions between author and narrator/narrating persona, and issues of language and of structure, as appropriate to the genres and texts studied.
- Readings and topics vary among sections of the same course, according to each instructor’s selection; however, all course materials are consistent with the objectives of the course.
In English 1109, students will examine works in three literary genres:
- Fiction (novels and/or short stories)
Some or all of the following methods will be used:
- Group work
- Peer review
- Instructor feedback on students’ work
- Individual consultation
The course evaluation is consistent with the Douglas College Evaluation Policy.
- A minimum of two formal academic essays, with a combined value of at least 40% of the course grade.
- A minimum of 80% of the course grade will be based on writing assignments such as essays, essay-based exams, journals and paragraphs. A maximum of 20% of the course grade may be based on informal writing such as quizzes and short answer tests, and/or non writing-intensive assignments such as oral reports, presentations, participation and preparation.
Upon completion of any first-year English literature course, the successful student should be able to
- read analytically and reflectively with attention to the subtleties of language;
- recognize and understand literary devices;
- practice writing as a process involving pre-writing, drafting, revising and editing;
- write an essay of literary analysis that develops an argumentative thesis supported by appropriate, correctly integrated and cited evidence; and
- give and receive constructive criticism on written work.
Upon completion of English 1109, the successful student should be able to recognize and understand,
- in reading fiction,
- the features of genre in fiction;
- different strategies of narrative development in fiction;
- elements such as plot, setting, character, and point-of-view; and
- the development of themes in fiction.
- poetic forms (open/free verse versus closed or constraint-driven forms, such as the ballad or sonnet);
- the difference between poet and speaker;
- tone, including irony;
- figurative language, such as metaphor and symbolism;
- diction, including the differences between denotative and connotative meaning;
- syntax and other details of grammar and style, such as enjambment; and
- prosody and sound effects, such as alliteration, rhythm, and rhyme.
- components of structure, including plot and sub-plot, exposition and conflict;
- dialogue, monologue and soliloquy; and
- performance and staging.
A list of required textbooks and materials will be provided for students at the beginning of the semester.
Sample reading lists:
McMahan, Funk, Day and Ashley, eds. Literature and the Writing Process, Canadian ed.
Thompson, Lion in the Streets
Jones, Live from the Afrikan Resistance
Gordimer, Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black and Other Stories
Mtwa, Ngema, and Simon, Woza Albert
Pierre, Shakespeare's N****
Any College entrance Language Proficiency Requirement with the exceptions of the Douglas College Course Options in ELLA or ENGU and the assessments listed below. These require the specified higher standard for entry into CMNS, CRWR and ENGL courses.
• 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, OR
• TOEFL overall score of 83 with a minimum of 21 in Writing, OR
• IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no band below 6.0; for individual bands below 6.0:
• if in Speaking, ELLA 0210 required
• if in Reading or Listening, ELLA 0220 required
• if in Writing, ELLA 0230 and ELLA 0240 required
• CLB score of 8, OR
• CEFR level B2+, OR
• CAEL minimum overall and essay score of 70 (computer or paper based), OR
• recognized equivalent or exemption.
No corequisite courses.
No equivalent courses.
Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.
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|Institution||Transfer Details for ENGL 1109|
|Camosun College (CAMO)||CAMO ENGL 161 (3)|
|Capilano University (CAPU)||CAPU ENGL 103 (3)|
|Coast Mountain College (CMTN)||CMTN ENGL 102 (3)|
|Emily Carr University of Art & Design (EC)||EC ENGL 100 lev (3)|
|Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU)||FDU ENWR 1102 (3)|
|Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)||KPU ENGL 1204 (3)|
|Langara College (LANG)||LANG ENGL 1129 (3)|
|Okanagan College (OC)||OC ENGL 1XX (3)|
|Simon Fraser University (SFU)||SFU ENGL 111 (3) or SFU ENGL 1XX (3)|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||TRU ENGL 1XXX (3)|
|Trinity Western University (TWU)||TWU ENGL 1XX (3)|
|University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO)||UBCO ENGL 1st (3)|
|University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV)||UBCV ENGL 110 (3)|
|University of Northern BC (UNBC)||UNBC ENGL 100 (3)|
|University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)||UFV ENGL 108 (3)|
|University of Victoria (UVIC)||UVIC ATWP 1XX (1.5)|
|Vancouver Community College (VCC)||VCC ENGL 1XXX (3)|
|Vancouver Island University (VIU)||VIU ENGL 125 (3) or VIU ENGL 135 (3)|