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Reading and Writing Intermediate Level 1

Course Code: ENGU 0380
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: English Upgrading
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This is an integrated reading and writing course that prepares students to meet the prerequisites for ENGU 0390. It is designed for students who need to develop reading comprehension skills and academic writing skills. Emphasis will be on reading, 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


Standard Written Expression

• use mechanics and punctuation (end marks, commas, apostrophes, quotation marks, semi-colons, and capital letters, etc.);

• identify usage errors (verb forms, agreement, pronoun reference, etc.).

Syntactic and Semantic Control

• use a variety of sentence construction (simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences);

• avoid sentence errors (fragments, run-ons, faulty parallelism, dangling modifiers, etc.);

• use abstract and specific language;

• choose appropriate words (formality, connotation, precision, etc.).


• understand instructions for assignments

• choose and narrow topics;

• compose thesis and topic sentences;

• gather evidence and make notes;

• adjust content and style of writing to suit purpose, audience, and situation.


• construct beginnings and endings;

• adjust content and style of writing to suit purpose, audience and situation;

• make connections and transitions between ideas in a text.


• use feedback to revise drafts;

• revise and edit work to improve content, organization, word choice;

• proofread for grammar, sentence structure, spelling and punctuation;

• recognize and edit for clichés, jargon, slang and wordiness;

• use sentence variety.

Writing Formats

• Write paragraphs in a variety of rhetorical modes, including exposition and persuasion.

• Write a summary.

• Write a short essay.

• Write a review.  

  • Identify, discuss and evaluate literary elements (plot, theme, character, setting, conflict)



• identify main ideas;

• differentiate main ideas from supporting details;

• use context clues and word structure analysis (prefix, suffix, root) to determine meaning;

• recognize author's tone, intent and point of view;

• compare and synthesize ideas from different sources;

• distinguish fact from opinion;

• summarize;

• identify cause and effect;

• develop note-taking skills;

• develop flexibility in reading speed.

Methods of Instruction

A combination of different instructional methods will be used in order to balance instructional efficiency with individual student needs.

These methods will include lecture presentation, large and small group discussion, learning activities, individual assistance (in scheduled appointments), computer-assisted learning, and student-directed learning.

Means of Assessment

Students will receive on-going feedback from the instructor throughout the course.

Students’ success will be graded as mastery or experience  (mastery set at 70%).   Grading criteria will include:

• Summaries worth no more than 20%

• Paragraphs worth no more than 20%

• Miscellaneous short writing assignments (journals, writing responses, etc.) worth no more than 15%

• Oral presentation worth no more than 10%

• Minimum of 1 essay worth no more than 20%

• A minimum of 80% of the course grade will be based on integrated reading and writing assignments or examinations. 

Learning Outcomes


The aims of the course are for students to:

• understand and use the steps of the writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising, editing and proofreading;

• gather ideas;

• define and narrow a topic;

• consider audience;

• organize/outline a document;

• work to improve word choice, phrasing, sentence and paragraph structure, spelling and  punctuation;

• write effective paragraphs in a range of rhetorical modes (may include narrative, descriptive, process, compare/contrast, cause/effect, classification, expository and persuasive);

• write a summary;

• write a journal;

• write a short essay  (350 to 500 words);

• understand and avoid plagiarism.

Reading, Research and Reference  

• use context clues and word structure analysis (prefix, suffix, root) to determine meaning;

• recognize homonyms, antonyms and synonyms;

• use a dictionary and a thesaurus to expand vocabulary;

• read to locate main idea and specific information;

• use a variety of reference materials;

• use in-book reference tools (index, table of contents, glossary);

• use skimming and scanning techniques;

• develop skills in outlining and note-taking.

Critical and Creative Thinking

• recall and interpret information;

• identify topic, main ideas, supporting ideas and logical sequence;

• summarize;

• identify and discuss examples of fact and opinion.

Speaking and Listening

• ask questions to clarify meaning;

• demonstrate effective listening and paraphrasing skills;

• use voice and body language effectively;

• respond effectively to listener feedback;

• deliver an effective oral presentation to inform or persuade; 

• provide useful input and feedback in a variety of situations (peer editing, group discussion, classroom participation).

Co-operative Communication

• establish co-operative working relationships with others;

• recognize and respect diversity and individual differences; 

• establish goals and priorities;

• respond appropriately to thoughts, opinions, non-verbal cues and work of others; 

• challenge assumptions constructively.

Media Literacy

• identify and track a theme, topic, or specified content from a variety of media;

• interpret common graphics (graphs, charts, tables);

• review a book, movie, play, television program, documentary, piece of music, or other non-print material.

Computer Literacy 

• use computer programs to create, edit and publish;

• use electronic communication; 

• format assignments appropriately.

course prerequisites

ENGU 0255, 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.


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