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Reading/Writing Intermediate Level

Course Code: ENGU 0355
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: English Upgrading
Credits: 6.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Tutorial
Typically Offered: Fall, Summer, Winter
course overview

This is an integrated reading and writing course. It is designed for students who need to develop comprehension of academic text and the expression of ideas in a variety of formats including academic essays and reports. The course is appropriate for students who are preparing to write the GED exams, to enter vocational or career programs at a college level, or to enter the sequence of preparatory courses for university transfer reading and writing work. Reading work in this course will emphasize summing up main points, analyzing points of view and responding critically. Reading material used will be at an introductory college level. Writing work will require students to make use of information, concepts and analyses from their reading work and to employ these in developing academic organization, content and language in their writing.

Course Content


Where appropriate, students will receive instruction concerning:

  1. Strategies
    • generating ideas and accessing information  
    • setting purpose and recognizing needs of the audience
    • planning design and organizing material
    • initial drafting techniques
    • obtaining and handling feedback
    • redrafting and editing
    • proofreading and producing final copy
  2. Standard Written Expression
    • mechanics and punctuation (end marks, commas, apostrophes, quotation marks, semi-colons, and capital letters, etc.)
    • usage errors (verb forms, agreement, inflections, pronoun reference, and fractured idioms, etc.)
  3. Syntactic and Semantic Control
    • sentence construction (simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences)
    • sentence variety (use of infinitive phrases, appositives, and other adjectival and adverbial constructions)
    • avoiding sentence errors (fragments, run-ons, faulty parallelism, dangling modifiers, etc.)
    • use of abstract and specific language
    • choice of appropriate words (formality, connotation, precision, etc.)


Students will receive instruction in the following areas, using reading materials selected from a variety of academic contexts covering a range of topics:

  1. Identifying main idea
  2. Differentiating main ideas from supporting details
  3. Drawing inferences and determining implications
  4. Distinguishing fact from opinion
  5. Identifying cause and effect
  6. Recognizing author's tone, intent, and point of view
  7. Paraphrasing
  8. Making generalizations
  9. Summarizing
  10. Making comparisons and synthesizing ideas from different sources
  11. Compiling a brief report based on a lengthy article or book
  12. Critically evaluating ideas in text
  13. Conducting library research
  14. Participating in class discussion
  15. Developing flexibility in reading speed
  16. Using context to determine meaning
  17. Making a short oral presentation

Methods of Instruction

Classroom instructional mode will vary with instructional goals.  Lecture, large-group discussion, small-group discussion and learning activities, cooperative learning, and individual learning activities may be employed.

Lab tutorial and scheduled individual appointment time will be available as appropriate.  Student-directed learning outside of the classroom will also constitute a component of instruction.

Means of Assessment

A mastery model of evaluation will be used.  Progress will be monitored in an ongoing and cumulative fashion by the instructor, based on written and oral demonstrations of skill.  Course credit will be granted on the basis of achievement of course objectives as demonstrated by satisfactory completion of course assignments. Satisfactory progress and undertaking of independent learning are expected.  Specific feedback will accompany completed assignments, and more general feedback on progress will be provided periodically by the instructor as appropriate.

A minimum of 40% of the grade is allocated to 3 reading-based papers (minimum of one in-class).  No more than 60% of grade is allocated to additional various reading and writing assignments such as quizzes, summaries, paragraphs, journals, responses, tests, debates, oral presentations, etc.

Learning Outcomes

The aims of this course are for students to:

  1. develop confidence and experience using the process of writing;
  2. augment experience and effectiveness at composing a variety of practical writing assignments;
  3. gain initial experience with forms of writing that promote the development of analytical and critical thinking abilities;
  4. gain initial experience with the techniques and styles of essays and reports;
  5. improve awareness and control of the degrees of language formality suitable for different writing tasks;
  6. improve ability to make appropriate word choices;
  7. demonstrate growth in ability to create texts characterized by effective unity, organization and support;
  8. demonstrate growth in ability to convey feelings, ideas and opinions in appropriate written formats;
  9. demonstrate initial competency constructing multi-paragraph composition.

The aims of this course are for students to:

  1. develop and practice effective strategies, skills, and approaches to reading that are directed at the improvement  of comprehension of academic text;
  2. broaden and deepen general as well as content-specific knowledge in order to improve comprehension;
  3. demonstrate comprehension of text both orally and in written form;
  4. participate in group discussion and to work cooperatively in an academic setting.

course prerequisites

ENGU 0256 or ENGU placement test and interview

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.