BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

ENGL-040 - Reading Comprehension -

ENGL-040 - Reading Comprehension -

Course Details
This entry-level English course is designed to introduce students to basic English skills such as sentence construction, grammar, spelling, vocabulary building and speaking. Students will compose paragraphs using First Nations and contemporary issues. Topics may include speaking and listening, reading, research, referencing, and writing.
Part of the:
  • Developmental Studies Department
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • College Readiness - Qualifying Courses
  • Course offered:
  • Spring 2024 (January - April)
  • Fall 2024 (September - December)
  • Spring 2025 (January - April)
  • Prerequisites : English 9, instructor permission or advisor assessed equivalent.
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree or equivalent.
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week
    Contact Hours: 75
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 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:

    Critical and Creative Thinking
  • recall and interpret information;
  • identify subject/topic, main ideas, supporting ideas, and sequence;
  • summarize information and make inferences;
  • compare and contrast;
  • classify, define, and, draw conclusions;
  • analyze information and solve problems (create solutions, identify impact of solutions, modify solutions); and
  • identify and discuss examples of fact and of opinion.

  • Speaking and Listening
  • ask questions to clarify meaning;
  • demonstrate effective listening skills;
  • use voice and body language appropriately and effectively;
  • respond appropriately to listener feedback;
  • paraphrase;
  • deliver an effective oral presentation to inform or persuade; and
  • provide useful input and feedback in a variety of situations (peer editing, group discussion, classroom participation, etc.)

  • Reading, Research, Reference
  • use context clues and word structure analysis (i.e. prefix, suffix, root) to determine meaning;
  • recognize homonyms, antonyms and synonyms;
  • use a dictionary and a thesaurus to expand vocabulary;
  • read to locate specific information;
  • use reference materials (periodicals, encyclopedias, textbooks, catalogues, operating manuals, CD-ROMs, World Wide Web);
  • use in-book reference tools (index, table of contents, glossary);
  • use skimming and scanning techniques;
  • practice skills in outlining, memorizing, exam taking and note-taking;
  • identify illogical arguments, fallacies, stereotypes, bias and propaganda; and
  • identify point of view.

  • Written Communication
  • demonstrate the steps of the writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing;
  • gather ideas; define and narrow a topic; evaluate, select and organize source material;
  • adjust content and style of writing to suit purpose, audience and situation;
  • Revise and edit work to improve content, organization, word choice, phrasing, sentence and paragraph structure, spelling, punctuation, and mechanics;
  • write effective paragraphs, essay, summaries, reports, and business letters;
  • write narrative, descriptive, explanatory and persuasive (expository) pieces;
  • review a book, movie, play, television program, documentary, or piece of music; and
  • identify and avoid plagiarism.

  • Optional Learning Outcomes
    Co-operative Communication
  • establish co-operative working relationships with others;
  • recognize and respect diversity and individual differences;
  • recognize non-verbal cues;
  • establish goals and priorities;
  • respond appropriately to thoughts, opinions, and the work of others; and
  • challenge assumptions and traditions constructively.

  • Media Literacy
  • identify and track a theme, topic, or specified content from a variety of media; and
  • interpret common graphics (graphs, charts, tables).

  • Computer Literacy
  • use appropriate computer hardware and peripherals (keyboard, mouse, printer, etc.);
  • use word processing software including spell check and thesaurus; and
  • use electronic mail.

  • Text and Materials:
  • Wagner, K.A. The least you should know about English: Form A. Current Edition. New Jersery. Pearson.
  • Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information: Education Council approved June 26, 2013.
    Current Course Offerings:
    DaysTimeStart DateEnd Date
    DaysTimeStart DateEnd Date
    T,TH1:00PM - 3:30PM04 Sep 202418 Dec 2024
    DaysTimeStart DateEnd Date
    T,TH1:00PM - 3:30PM06 Jan 202517 Apr 2025