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Academic Writing Skills Review

Course Code: ENGL 1099
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: English
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Lab
Typically Offered: Fall, Summer, Winter
course overview

This course will refresh the student’s writing ability in preparation for university-transfer courses requiring writing. It will include instruction in paragraph and essay development as well as work on grammar and mechanics.

Course Content

  1. General principles of paragraph and essay development
  2. Required readings as a basis for writing assignments
  3. Peer review workshops
  4. Grammar, pre-writing and revision exercises
  5. In-class and out-of-class writing

Methods of Instruction

  1. Workshop/tutorial
  2. Lecture
  3. Instructor feedback on students’ written work

Means of Assessment

A minimum of seven evaluations including at least two paragraphs and two short essays.

Fifteen percent or more of the evaluated work for the course must be completed in class.

Learning Outcomes

Successful students should be able to

  1. write clearly and correctly
  2. apply principles of unity, coherence, and emphasis in their writing
  3. develop a paragraph using a topic sentence and supporting evidence
  4. develop an essay using a thesis statement
  5. plan, evaluate, revise, edit and proofread their writing
  6. begin to incorporate readings or other source materials into their writing.

course prerequisites

Any College entrance Language Proficiency Requirement with the exceptions of the Douglas College Course Options in ELLA or ENGU and the assessments listed below. These require the specified higher standard for entry into CMNS, CRWR and ENGL courses.

  • a minimum grade of C- in ELLA 0460, or a minimum grade of C- in both ELLA 0465 and 0475, OR
  • a minimum grade of C- in ENGU 0450 or ENGU 0455 or ENGU 0490, OR
  • Mastery in ELLA 0330 and any two of ELLA 0310, 0320, or 0340, OR
  • TOEFL overall score of 83 with a minimum of 24 in Writing, OR
  • IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no band below 6.0, OR
  • CLB score of 8, OR
  • CEFR level B2+, OR
  • CAEL minimum overall and essay score of 70 (computer or paper based), OR
  • recognized equivalent or exemption.


Courses listed here must be completed either prior to or simultaneously with this course:

  • No corequisite courses


Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:

  • No equivalency courses

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.