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Language Accuracy Skills for Home Support/Resident Care Attendant Program Students

Course Code: EASL 0885
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 strategies and techniques to improve listening and speaking accuracy within HSRC educational, employment, and social contexts. This course will introduce the English sound system and major stress and intonation patterns. Students will improve listening and speaking skills by practicing phrasing, syllable reduction and linking. In addition, listening skills will be practiced through exercises such as dictation and basic notetaking.

Course Content

  1. basic sound system of English including vowels, consonants, and consonant clusters;
  2. word phrase and sentence stress;
  3. speech pitch, intonation and rhythm;
  4. identification of individual pronunciation errors;
  5. strategies and techniques for making and monitoring pronunciation improvements;
  6. healthcare vocabulary and usage;
  7. techniques for using dictionaries to determine appropriate pronunciation and correct word use;
  8. language syntax skills, including basic grammar and sentence structure;
  9. basic dictation and notetaking techniques.

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. use accurate basic English grammar patterns;
  2. use a comprehensive health care vocabulary;
  3. identify, distinguish between, and reproduce English sounds in isolation and in combination in communicative situations;
  4. identify and reproduce basic stress, intonation, and rhythm patterns of English speakers in communicative situations;
  5. identify individual pronunciation problems;
  6. use strategies and techniques for managing individual pronunciation problems;
  7. speak with comprehensible pronunciation in short conversations or presentations, and in less controlled and more varied communicative situations;
  8. take accurate dictation;
  9. use notetaking techniques.

course prerequisites


EASL 0835, EASL 0865, EASL 0875

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.