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Spelling – Fundamental Level

Course Code: ENGU 0220
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: English Upgrading
Credits: 1.5
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Tutorial
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course is designed for adults needing to improve their spelling skills. Students will receive individual assistance with specific skills such as recognizing basic affixes and roots, applying appropriate rules and generalizations, and distinguishing homonym spellings. Using the dictionary for vocabulary development and correct spelling will also be covered.

Course Content

Individual programs may be designed for each student; these programs will be based on weaknesses or deficiencies diagnosed by the instructor.  The course consists of the following topics:

  1. Spelling Skills
    • rules and generalizations
    • systems of learning to spell sight words
    • homonyms, and contractions
    • proof-reading
  2. Dictionary Skills
    • spelling assistance
    • vocabulary building

Methods of Instruction

A combination of instructional methods will be used in order to balance instructional efficiency with individual student needs.  Small group instruction, individual assistance (in lab tutorial or scheduled appointments) and student directed learning will be selected where appropriate and possible. Collaborative learning will be facilitated.

The student will be expected to maintain regular attendance and progress and to undertake independent learning as directed.  Regular feedback and informal progress reports will be available from the instructor.

Means of Assessment

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

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

Learning Outcomes

The aims of the course are for students to:

  1. analyze and spell words according to spelling rules and generalizations, such as the doubling rule and the use of basic affixes and roots;
  2. apply systems for mastering the spelling of such words according to the individual needs;
  3. distinguish some homonym spellings and to spell some contractions;
  4. use a dictionary to help with spelling and vocabulary building;
  5. apply spelling and proof reading skills to related reading and writing activities.

course prerequisites

ENGU 0130 or permission of instructor

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.