BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

ENGL-090 - English Seminar -

ENGL-090 - English Seminar -

Course Details
The English seminars are designed as a hybrid instructional model between on-line and face-to-face teaching. The seminars are to assist students in preparing for various types of writing, reading, analyzing, and responding that is expected of the college level student. Students will complete assignments designed to improve their ability to write clearly and correctly, to organize material, use a multi-stage writing process and to carry out basic library research. Students will learn and practice the strategies and processes that successful writers employ as they work to accomplish specific purposes. In college, these purposes include comprehension, instruction, persuasion, investigation, problem resolution, evaluation, and explanation.
Part of the:
  • ACADEMIC/CAREER PREPARATION Department
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • College Readiness - Qualifying Courses
  • Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Bachelor Degree or equivalent
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week
    Contact Hours: 60
    Student Evaluation
    Procedure:
    Assignments/Labs/Quizzes/Tests 50-70%, Final 30-50%, total 100%. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  • demonstrate the on-going writing process (pre-writing, outlining, drafting, revising, and editing);
  • generate an idea that allows an essay and each of its paragraphs to be unified;
  • use thesis/idea, either clearly stated or implied, as the organizing principle for writing essays;
  • develop logical and coherent organizational patterns and paragraph structures;
  • use rhetorical strategies, based on audience and purpose, to develop essays in the four most common modes (exposition, argumentative, and narrative);
  • develop a unified essay using personal observations, critical though, and outside readings;
  • assess own writing progress and recognize areas for improvement;
  • incorporate appropriate feedback from peers and instructors when revising essays and provide effective peer feedback;
  • write essays that demonstrate as awareness of proper grammar and have few errors in mechanics;
  • use computers to draft, write, edit, and research papers;
  • students will find and evaluate source material, then ethically integrate such material with original thought using APA guidelines;
  • students will develop critical reading skills;
  • apply the principles of grammar, punctuation, and style;
  • identify primary and secondary source information;
  • identify and correct sentence fragments and run-ons;
  • conduct research using resources at NVIT and other research sources;
  • extract pertinent information from a variety of media sources;
  • recognize and edit for clichés, jargon, slang, idioms, and wordiness;
  • identify and avoid plagiarism;
  • gather research and organize it into a research paper that uses various resources and adheres to appropriate APA standards;
  • distinguish between fact, inference, and opinion;
  • students will consider their audience and purpose more carefully when making decisions in their writing; and
  • students will be able to support an argument with various types of evidence.
  • Text and Materials:
  • VanderMey, R., Meyer,V., Van Rys, J., Kemper, D. & Sebranek, P. The College Writer Current Edition. Scarborough, ON. Nelson Education.
  • K.A. Wagner The least you should know about English Current Edition. Scarborough, ON. Nelson Education.
  • Gaetz, L., Phadke, S., & Sandberg, R. The Canadian Writer’s World: Essays Current Edition. Newmarket, ON. Pearson Education.
  • Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information: Education Council approved October 30, 2013.