Reading and Writing – Fundamental Support 1

Language, Literature & Performing Arts
English Upgrading
Course Code
ENGU 0150
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course provides an opportunity for Literacy students to practice their reading and writing skills together in a classroom environment under the guidance of ENGU faculty. Students with different levels of reading and writing will continue developing comprehension and decoding strategies, increase sight word recognition and practice their spelling skills, sentence level writing, and write groups of sentences.
Course Content



  • reading simple passages and stories with some fluency and recognizing end punctuation
  • using phonic and context clues in reading simple passages
  • reading and following simple written directions
  • identifying the main idea, characters and events from reading
  • stating opinions on readings
  • using phonics to decode unknown words
  • reading phonically regular words with digraphs and  final double consonants
  • identifying long vowel sounds and reading regular long vowel words containing diphthongs


Writing and Spelling


  • printing or writing complete sentences and short messages
  • participating in brainstorming to generate writing
  • recognizing the difference between a brainstormed list and complete sentences
  • printing or writing sentence answers to questions about reading passages
  • using assigned vocabulary words appropriately in sentence writing
  • using capitals and end punctuation correctly


Skills and Strategies for Classroom Learning


  • identifying short- and long-term personal goals for literacy learning
  • working independently, even with some distraction in the environment
  • asking for help in an appropriate manner when needed
  • attending to and participating in group discussions and activities
  • providing and receiving help from classmates in a cooperative manner
  • communicating respectfully during group work
  • beginning to employ strategies for learning and remembering words
  • looking up words for spelling and meaning in a simplified dictionary or glossary


College and Community Resource Skills


  • identifying personal needs and accessing appropriate college services and resources (e.g. counseling, women’s centre) with assistance
  • maintaining and improving skills in the ENGU 100 level courses
  • managing time and arriving punctually
  • working as a team
  • following oral instructions
  • reading words commonly used as safety warnings at job sites (e.g. danger, hazard)
  • with assistance, completing basic forms personally identified as relevant 
  • following simple written instructions
Methods Of Instruction

A combination of instructional methods will be employed in order to balance instructional efficiency with individual student needs and identified goals.  Class and small group instruction will be used along with individual assistance.

Means of Assessment

A mastery model of ongoing evaluation will be used.  Progress towards course objectives will be monitored on a regular basis by the instructor in consultation with each student, and he/she will receive frequent feedback and informal progress reports.  A student will have completed the course when he/she has demonstrated through satisfactory completion of exercises and assignments that the course objectives have been achieved. The following is one example of evaluation components and weighting:

  • Weekly Reading Assignments in-class     15%
  • 4 Punctuation or Grammar Quizzes         15%
  • In-Class Assignments (vocabulary etc.,)  10%
  • Weekly Writing Assignments in-class       15%
  • Out of class writing                                15%
  • Midterm                                                10%
  • Final                                                     10%
  • Class participation and Attendance          10%










Grade Percentage

Weekly Reading Assignments in-class


4 Punctuation or Grammar Quizzes


In-Class Assignments (vocabulary etc.,)


Weekly Writing Assignments in-class


Out of class writing






Class participation and Attendance





Learning Outcomes

The objectives of this course are for each student, depending on their level, to:


  • practice identifying personal short and long-term goals for literacy learning
  • increase his/her sight vocabulary of common words and personally relevant words
  • improve his/her phonic skills
  • develop an awareness of word context as a decoding strategy
  • improve his/her ability to read and understand simple passages, including written instructions and other personally identified functional literacy tasks
  • write short paragraphs and messages
  • write simple sentences to answer reading comprehension questions
  • begin using simplified dictionaries
  • develop a prewriting strategy to generate ideas
  • improve his/her ability to work independently and to organize personal classroom materials
  • identify his/her personal needs in relation to college and community resources and services
  • continue to develop the classroom and learning behaviours 
  • develop classroom and job related time-management skills
  • begin to develop interpersonal conflict-resolution strategies appropriate to the classroom context
Textbook Materials

Texts/books available in Literacy library. Any other resources required to be purchased by students (e.g. Students are required to supply a three-ring binder, paper, eraser, pen and pencil.)



Any ENGU 100 level student (ENGU 0100, 0115, 0125, 0146, 0156) or ENGU Placement test and interview





Course Guidelines

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.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
There are no applicable transfer credits for this course.

Course Offerings

Fall 2021

There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.