This course is designed for adults needing to improve their spelling skills beyond the level achieved in ENGU 0220. Students will receive individual assistance with specific skills such as recognizing affixes and roots, applying appropriate rules and distinguishing homonym spellings. Using the dictionary for vocabulary development and correct spelling will also be covered. Students who have completed this course will be competent spellers.
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:
- Spelling Skills
- rules and generalizations
- systems of learning to spell sight words
- homonyms, contractions
- spelling assistance
- vocabulary building
Methods of Instruction
A combination of different instructional methods will be used in order to balance instructional efficiency with individual students needs. Small group instruction, individual assistance (in lab tutorial or scheduled appointments) and student directed learning will be selected where appropriate and possible.
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.
Where formal tests of specific skills are used, mastery will be defined as a score of 80 percent or more.
Progress will be monitored on a regular basis by the instructor in consultation with each student.
The aims of this course are for students:
- to master spelling rules and generalizations such as the doubling rule and the use of affixes and roots according to individual needs;
- to apply systems for mastering the spelling of sight words according to individual needs;
- to distinguish homonym spellings and spelling contractions;
- to master the use of the dictionary to help with spelling and vocabulary building;
- to master the application of spelling and proof reading skills to related reading and writing activities.
ENGU 0220 or permission of the instructor
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.
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.
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