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Advancing Academic Accuracy for English Language Learners

Course Code: ELLA 0340
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: English Language Learning and Acquisition
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course is the third level of an academic series designed to help students upgrade the accuracy of their written language expression through focused work on grammar and academic vocabulary as related to the course content. It is most appropriate for students who are intending to take college or university courses. Students will receive instruction and practice in reading, proofreading and editing skills, as well as in advanced forms of written expression in paraphrasing and summarizing.

Course Content

Throughout the process of preparing for a range of college assignments, students will receive instruction in skills and strategies in the following areas:


  • Proofread and edit their own written texts, revising drafts effectively, reading thoughtfully and responding effectively to peer and instructor feedback.
  • Demonstrate oral fluency in using grammatical, syntactical, and lexical structures typically occurring in moderately demanding academic contexts.
  • Paraphrase and summarize, demonstrating understanding of written and spoken texts, following academic practices and complying with College policies on academic integrity.
  • Provide an accurate description or summary of formatted text (a table, graph, chart, or diagram), using appropriate vocabulary, citation, and cohesive devices.
  • Demonstrate mastery of word form choice, register, clause, sentence and longer text elements, cohesive devices, and mechanics specified for this and lower levels of mastery.
  • Use appropriately and effectively the following grammar and syntax structures: passive voice (including modals); reporting verbs and phrases; linking words (such as because of, despite, as a result of, etc.) followed by noun phrases; nominalization; complex sentences: defining and reduced adjective clauses, noun clauses.


Use appropriately and effectively the following items:

  • Vocabulary for describing data in graphs/charts
  • Phrases to introduce problems and solutions
  • Vocabulary for definitions
  • Expanded range of vocabulary that includes words and expressions related to general content areas

Study Skills

Take responsibility for:

  • Attendance and punctuality
  • Class work and assignments
  • Participation and teamwork

Use common software to communicate and to complete information management tasks such as word processing assignments, sending emails, or signing in to an online learning management system.

Methods of Instruction

Some or all of the following methods will be used:

  • whole-class instruction
  • large- and small- group discussion
  • pair work on tasks
  • peer review
  • computer-assisted learning
  • in-class writing practice
  • instructor feedback on written work
  • revision of submitted writing

Means of Assessment

Student achievement will be measured using formative assessment tools and the mastery system in accordance with College policy. Students will receive on-going feedback from the instructor throughout the course. Evaluation will be based on learning outcomes as well as instructor-specified criteria. Mastery will be granted to students who achieve an average of at least 70% on  the items listed below. Evaluation will include, but may not be limited to, the following tasks:

-A collection of tasks demonstrating effective proofreading and editing skills based on instructor and peer feedback, as well as on the student's own attention to errors in writing. Assignments will include sentence, paragraph, and longer text writing as related to paraphrasing and summarizing tasks.

-A collection of tasks showing effective use of newly introduced grammar, syntax structures, and vocabulary from course content. Assignments will include sentence, paragraph, and longer text writing.

-At least 2 in-class paraphrasing or summarizing assessments, based on written or spoken texts. Assessments will include single or connected paragraphs. Students will demonstrate mastery of grammar and syntax structure for this and lower levels of ability.

-At least 1 in-class assessment describing a formatted text (graph, chart, table, or diagram) in paragraph form. Students will demonstrate mastery of newly introduced grammar and syntax structure.

-At least 2 in-class editing assessments, targeting specific errors in writing. Students will demonstrate mastery of grammar and syntax structure for this and lower levels of ability.

-At least 1 self-assessment of learning strategies, progress, and classroom skills (to be discussed with the instructor).

Sample grade breakdown:

Proofreading and editing skills tasks worth up to 20% (total)

Tasks on newly introduced grammar and vocabulary worth up to 20% (total)

In-class paraphrasing and summarizing worth up to 20%

Description of formatted text worth up to 10%

In-class editing worth up to 20%

Participation worth up to 10%

Total: 100%

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, successful students will

Grammar and Vocabulary Skills

  1. Demonstrate clear, logical, and coherent expressions in writing, avoiding errors.
  2. Paraphrase and summarize ideas from written and spoken texts.
  3. Summarize information from formatted text (graph, chart, table, or diagram).
  4. Apply proofreading and editing skills in decisions about word form choice, register, clause, sentence and longer text elements, cohesive devices, and mechanics.
  5. Use grammatical structures and vocabulary from the course content to a required level of mastery.

Study Skills

  1. Assess own progress.
  2. Participate effectively in a college classroom.  

course prerequisites

ELLA 0230 and ELLA 0240, or ELLA assessment





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.