BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

ENGL-050 - Writing Skills -

ENGL-050 - Writing Skills -

Course Details
This advanced level course is a grade 11 equivalent focusing on English skills including basic essay format and introductory research skills. Students who have completed advanced level work will have the skills necessary to enter provincial level courses and some vocational, career, and technological programs. 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 : ENGL 040, English 10, 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;
  • make inferences;

  • - using prior knowledge,
    - synthesizing information,
    - evaluating information for accuracy, relevance, and importance,
    - recognizing underlying assumptions (bias and tone),
    - identifying purpose and audience;
  • compare and contrast;
  • classify, define, and, draw conclusions;
  • respond to information (create solutions,
  • identify impact of solutions, modify solutions); and
  • identify and discuss examples of fact and opinion.

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

  • Reading, Research, Reference
  • summarize, make inferences, draw conclusions and critically evaluate;
  • use context clues and word structure analysis (i.e. prefix, suffix, root) to determine meaning;
  • use a dictionary and a thesaurus to expand vocabulary and to learn homonyms, antonyms and synonyms;
  • use in-book reference tools (index, table of contents, glossary);
  • use skimming and scanning techniques;
  • read to locate specific information;
  • recognize point of view, illogical argument, fallacies, stereotypes, bias and propaganda;
  • use reference materials (periodicals, encyclopedias, textbooks, catalogues, operating manuals, CD-ROMs, World Wide Web);
  • develop skills in outlining and note taking; and
  • develop search skills (Internet and library catalog searches).

  • Written Communication
  • use the steps of the writing process (prewrite, draft, revise, edit);
  • gather ideas; define and narrow a topic; select, evaluate, and order material into an organized, paragraph, essay, summary, and report;
  • adjust content and style of writing to suit purpose, audience, and situation;
  • revise and edit work to improve content, organization, word choice, phrasing, grammar, sentence and paragraph structure, spelling, and punctuation;
  • recognize and edit for clich├ęs, jargon, slang, and wordiness;
  • use complex and compound sentence structures;
  • use parallel constructions and correct misplaced or dangling modifiers;
  • develop advanced spelling strategies;
  • review a book, movie, play, television program, documentary, or piece of music;
  • produce writing on demand (e.g. business writing, LPI prep, GED prep, essays, exams);
  • write expository (explanatory and persuasive) essays;
  • identify, discuss and evaluate literary elements (plot, theme, character, setting, conflict) in works in various media (e.g. print, film, audio);
  • analyze and respond to editorial comment, magazine articles, technical or investigative writing, or advertising;
  • gather research and organize it into a research paper using an appropriate documentation style ( e.g. APA, MLA or Chicago); and,
  • identify and avoid plagiarism.

  • Optional Learning OutcomesCo-operative Communication
  • establish co-operative working relationships with others;
  • recognize and respect diversity and individual differences;
  • recognize non-verbal cues;
  • problem-solve; and
  • challenge assumptions and traditions constructively.

  • Media Literacy
  • identify and track a theme, topic, or specified content from a variety of media;
  • interpret common graphics (graphs, charts, tables); and
  • exhibit a critical awareness of media messages (e.g. TV ads, billboards, corporate sponsorship, videos, brochures, and pamphlets).

  • Computer Literacy
  • use appropriate computer hardware and peripherals (keyboard, mouse, printer, etc.);

  • use word processing software including spell check and thesaurus;
  • move information between applications (e.g. word documents, spreadsheets, data bases, WWW); and
  • communicate effectively using electronic mail.

  • Text and Materials:
  • Lagan, John & Winstanley S. College writing skills with readings. (Current Edition). New Jersey. Pearson.
  • Borland, H.When The Legends Die. Current Edition. New York. Bantam Books.
  • Van Camp, R. The Lesser Blessed. Current Edition. Vancouver. Douglas and McIntyre.
  • Young-Ing., G. Gatherings. Current Edition. Penticton. Theytus.

  • Each student will choose a literary piece written by a First Nations writer on which to complete his/her own novel study (choices must be instructor approved). The following is a partial list of titles from which students may choose:

  • King, Thomas. (1993). Green grass, running water. Toronto: Harper Perennial.
  • Deloria, Ella Cara. (1988). Waterlily. (Current Edition). University of Nebraska Press.
  • Momaday, N. Scott. (1969). The Way to Rainy Mountain. (Current Edition). University of New Mexico Press.
  • Hogan, Linda. (1995). Dwellings: A spiritual history of the living world. (Current Edition). New York: Touchstone Book, Simon and Schuster.
  • Erdrich, Louise. (1998). The Antelope Wife. (Current Edition). Harper Perennial.
  • 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