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Advanced Grammar and Editing

Course Code: ENGU 0499
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: English Upgrading
Credits: 1.5
Semester: 10 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This is a 1.5 credit course for students who need focused practice in developing sentence level writing skills. It is designed for students whose many grammar and usage errors create awkwardness and interfere with the intended meaning of their writing. Students will work at the word and sentence level to raise their level of expression and develop editing strategies for basic clarity and style. They will also develop proofreading strategies for errors in grammar, word choice, spelling, and punctuation.

Course Content

Students will receive instruction concerning the following:

  1. standard written English grammar
  2. punctuation and capitalization
  3. sentence/syntactic patterns (compound, complex, noun phrases, appositives, etc.)
  4. resources such as spell checks, grammar checks, dictionaries, thesauruses
  5. strategies such as use of personal spelling and vocabulary dictionaries

Methods of Instruction

The instructor will use a variety of methods (whole class, small group, individual, and learner directed learning).

Means of Assessment

Student achievement will be assessed using the Mastery system, in accordance with College policy. The following is one example of assessment components and weighting:

Class attendance and participation 10%      

Homework assignments 20%

Five (5) Quizzes 50%

Final exam 20%

Learning Outcomes

It is expected the student will

  1. demonstrate the ability to use clear, logical expressions at the sentence level by, among other things,
    • providing sufficient clarification and elaboration of key words in analysis (e.g., defining terms and providing examples)
    • providing coherent transitions between components of a sentence (avoiding faulty predication) 
  2. demonstrate a variety of sentence/syntactic structures (subordination, co-ordination, use of phrases, reducing clauses, etc.)
  3. use the conventions of punctuation and capitalization
  4. demonstrate appropriate vocabulary usage for clarity and conciseness, avoiding redundancy
  5. avoid word level errors (misspellings, diction errors, word form errors)
  6. demonstrate an appropriate level of formality in writing at the sentence level
  7. demonstrate strategies for self-checking (revising, editing, proofreading)
  8. use peer and instructor feedback effectively

course prerequisites

ENGU 0256 or ELLA 0340

OR Any College entrance Language Proficiency Requirement

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.