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Upper Intermediate Writing Skills for Home Support/Resident Care Attendant Program Students

Course Code: EASL 0875
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 course is designed for students who are planning to enter the Home Support/Resident Care Attendant Program. Students will practice different types of writing that can be used within HSRC educational, employment and social contexts. Students will generate and organize ideas into increasingly longer compositions and practice editing and revising. Exercises will help students clarify and elaborate supporting points, use grammar, and proofread written work. Exercises and assignments will have a health care focus and content whenever possible.

Course Content

  1. grammar review and practice, including parts of speech, verb tenses, passive voice, gerunds, infinitives, adjectives,  adverbs, and noun clauses;
  2. punctuation review and practice;
  3. spelling rules review and organization;
  4. paragraph format and organization;
  5. review and practice subordinators, transitions, connectors, and conjunctions;
  6. rhetorical paragraph types, including process writing and narrative writing;
  7. longer compositions, including basic essays.

Methods of Instruction

The instructor will facilitate, observe, and evaluate students’ participation in communicative 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 she/he has demonstrated through satisfactory completion of exercises, assignments and other assessments that the course objectives have been achieved.

Where formal evaluations 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 HSRC educational, employment, and social contexts, EASL students will:

  1. generate content through various techniques such as brainstorming and using written and visual sources for ideas;
  2. use compositional techniques including topic selection, outlining, and writing rough drafts;
  3. produce paragraphs with topic sentences, main and supporting points, and conclusions;
  4. combine paragraphs into longer compositions including basic essays;
  5. use conjunctions, subordinators, connectors, and transitions correctly to ensure sentence structure variety;
  6. edit and revise written work;
  7. improve language skills including grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary.

course prerequisites


EASL 0835, EASL 0885, and EASL 0865

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.