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Reading – Fundamental Level

Course Code: ENGU 0260
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: English Upgrading
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course is for students who need to develop their basic reading comprehension and vocabulary skills. The course focuses on reading as a process for gathering and reacting to information and ideas. Students receive assistance with specific skills such as identifying main ideas and details, drawing inferences and recognizing an author's tone and intent. Assignments and exercises focus on current events and issues that are relevant to the students' lives.

Course Content


  • identification of subject/topic, main ideas, supporting details, and sequence.


  • reconstruction of the meaning intended by the writer
  • categorization and classification
  • summarization


  • Synthesis - integration of experience and knowledge to gain new understanding and to predict.


  • recognition of comparison and contrast, cause/effect, outcome or sequence
  • distinction between fact and opinion, logical and illogical
  • identification of writer's point of view, tone, attitude and underlying assumptions
  • development of critical thinking skills, i.e.: appreciation, judgment, character analysis.


  • purpose for reading
  • previewing/surveying--initial overview of large sections of text (chapters, etc.)
  • prereading--overview of shorter sections of text
  • monitoring--evaluation of current level of understanding
  • reflecting--evaluation of comprehension in retrospect.

Discussion Topics

Students will acquire background information and vocabulary from selected readings on current topics.  These weekly topics for discussion will vary in order to meet students' needs and interests.

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 encouraged.

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.

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.

Learning Outcomes

The aims of the course are for students to:

  1. develop specific strategies to improve reading comprehension;
  2. enlarge vocabulary to fulfill reading needs;
  3. increase background knowledge by developing awareness of current topics and concerns;
  4. acquire an ability to orally present information obtained from reading

course prerequisites

ENGU 0156 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.