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Practical Writing for Advanced Students of English as a Second Language

Course Code: EASL 0370
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This is a general purpose writing course for students with some experience in writing English. It is designed for students who wish to upgrade their overall writing skills for personal, work-related or academic purposes. Students will write personal letters, notices, reports for school and work, resumes, and routine business correspondence. Students will also receive practice in proofreading for major errors of sentence structure, grammar, punctuation and vocabulary.

Course Content

The learning activities will be determined by students’ needs and interests, but instructors will choose tasks from the following list:

  1. Personal notes, letters, notices and announcements:
    • explanations, arrangements, instructions, inquiries, requests, apologies, invitations, acceptances and refusals, congratulations, condolences, thank you’s, complaints, opinion, etc.
  2. Academic or work-related reports:
    • case studies
    • accounts of incidents or events
    • biographical summaries
    • process descriptions
    • problem-solving reports
    • progress reports
    • evaluative reports
  3. Resumes, covering letters and letters of application
  4. Other work-related communications:
    • routine business correspondence and memos
    • agendas, notes of meetings, minutes
  5. Editing and proofreading techniques

Methods of Instruction

The instructor will facilitate, observe and evaluate students’ participation in writing activities.  Whole and small group instruction will be combined with individual assistance and student directed learning.  Students will participate in the setting of goals by identifying their communicative and language development needs, and will participate in the selection of learning activities.

Means of Assessment

A mastery model of on-going evaluation will be used.  A student will reach mastery when s/he has demonstrated through satisfactory completion of exercises, assignments and other assessments that the course objectives have been achieved.

Where formal tests of specific skills are used, mastery will be defined as a score of 70% or more.

Progress will be monitored on a regular basis by the instructor in consultation with each student.

Learning Outcomes

Within relevant educational, employment, personal and social contexts, students will:

  1. compose correspondence and notices for a variety of personal needs and interests
  2. prepare accounts of events and reports for a variety of purposes, using data, observation or experience.
  3. prepare resumes and job application letters.
  4. compose and respond appropriately to a variety of work-related communications.
  5. write comprehensibly.

course prerequisites

EASL 0275 or instructor permission

curriculum 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 schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.