English Upgrading

Code Course Description
ENGU 0100

Reading and Writing – Fundamental Level 1

This course is designed for non-readers. Reading and writing will focus on basic decoding, developing a sight vocabulary for spelling and reading, and introducing students to simple reading and sentence writing. Students will also work on reading environmental and workplace signs and other literacy tasks which they identify as personally relevant. The course will emphasize behaviours and learning skills appropriate to the classroom, community and workplace.

ENGU 0115

Reading and Writing – Fundamental Level 2

This course is designed for beginning readers and writers who want to continue developing basic decoding skills, increase sight word recognition and spelling, improve their comprehension of simple reading passages and begin writing groups of sentences. Students will identify short and long-term personal goals for literacy learning. The course will emphasize behaviour and learning skills appropriate to the classroom and the community. Job related skills will be identified and integrated throughout the course where appropriate.

ENGU 0125

Reading and Writing – Fundamental Level 3

This course is designed for students who require greater ability with reading and writing in order to achieve a functional literacy level. The reading focus is on comprehension and developing a range of decoding strategies, and the writing focus is on composing sentences and paragraphs and developing a range of spelling strategies.
Students will identify short- and long-term personal goals for literacy learning. The course will emphasize behaviour and learning skills appropriate to the classroom and the community. Job-related skills will be identified and integrated throughout the course. Reading content will include current events.

ENGU 0140

Study Skills – Literacy Level

This course introduces those study skills which are necessary for successful classroom learning. It is for adults who have spent little time studying. As a beginning level, it covers how to organize and remember, how to use the library and basic reference books, and how to read for information.

ENGU 0146

Reading and Writing – Fundamental Level 4

This is an integrated reading and writing course. It is designed for students who need to develop and improve basic skills with composing and comprehending written texts and with meeting the demands of a college classroom. The course focuses on reading and writing as processes and attention is given to spelling and vocabulary development. Assignments and exercises include attention to current events and issues relevant to the students' lives. Attention is given to learning and study skills throughout the course

ENGU 0150

Reading and Writing – Fundamental Support 1

This course provides an opportunity for Literacy students to practice their reading and writing skills together in a classroom environment under the guidance of ENGU faculty. Students with different levels of reading and writing will continue developing comprehension and decoding strategies, increase sight word recognition and practice their spelling skills, sentence level writing, and write groups of sentences.

ENGU 0156

Reading and Writing Fundamental Level 5

This is an integrated reading and writing course. It is designed for students who need to develop and improve basic skills with composing and comprehending written texts and with meeting the demands of a college classroom. The course focuses on reading and writing as processes and attention is given to spelling and vocabulary development. Assignments and exercises include attention to current events and issues relevant to the students' lives. Attention is given to learning and study skills throughout the course

ENGU 0200

Reading & Writing Fundamental Support 2

This is a reading, writing and student skills course designed to assist those needing preparation for 200 level course work. Skills introduced/reviewed will include basic reading strategies appropriate to success and guided writing experiences designed to develop greater volume, clarity and precision of expression. Attention will be given to developing attitudes and behaviours appropriate to academic success. Reading materials will include newspaper and periodical articles and published essays as well as student essays.

ENGU 0220

Spelling – Fundamental Level

This course is designed for adults needing to improve their spelling skills. Students will receive individual assistance with specific skills such as recognizing basic affixes and roots, applying appropriate rules and generalizations, and distinguishing homonym spellings. Using the dictionary for vocabulary development and correct spelling will also be covered.

ENGU 0230

Word Study – Fundamental Level

This course is designed for adults needing to improve their word analysis skills. Students will receive individual assistance with specific skills such as recognizing affixes and roots, and pronouncing stressed syllables.

ENGU 0241

Learning and Study Skills

This course is for students who are new to the College and are enrolled in or intend to enrol in further Developmental Studies courses. This course will help students learn about and use College facilities and resources. Students will develop skills in personal time management, goal setting, and basic study techniques and learning strategies. This course will focus on the development of skills necessary for success.

ENGU 0245

Reading and Writing for Student Success

This is a seven week reading, writing and student skills course designed to assist those needing preparation for 200 and 300 level course work. Skills introduced/reviewed will include basic reading strategies appropriate to success and guided writing experiences designed to develop greater volume, clarity and precision of expression. Attention will be given to developing attitudes and behaviours appropriate to academic success. Reading materials will include newspaper and periodical articles and published essays as well as student essays.

ENGU 0250

Writing – Fundamental Level

This course is designed for students with little writing experience who wish to develop their self-expression on paper. The course focuses on writing as a systematic process. Assignments encourage students to move from personal to public forms of writing. Students receive assistance with developing the complexity of their sentence structure and learning how to edit their writing. Assignments and exercises focus on current events and issues that are relevant to the students’ lives.

ENGU 0256

Reading and Writing Fundamental Level 6

This is an integrated reading and writing course. It is designed for students who need to develop and improve basic skills with composing and comprehending written texts and with meeting the demands of a college classroom. The course focuses on reading and writing as processes and attention is given to spelling and vocabulary development. Assignments and exercises include attention to current events and issues relevant to the students' lives. Attention is given to learning and study skills throughout the course.

ENGU 0260

Reading – Fundamental Level

This course is for students who need to develop their basic reading comprehension and vocabulary skills. The course focuses on reading as a process for gathering and reacting to information and ideas. Students receive assistance with specific skills such as identifying main ideas and details, drawing inferences and recognizing an author's tone and intent. Assignments and exercises focus on current events and issues that are relevant to the students' lives.

ENGU 0320

Spelling – Intermediate Level

This course is designed for adults needing to improve their spelling skills beyond the level achieved in ENGU 0220. Students will receive individual assistance with specific skills such as recognizing affixes and roots, applying appropriate rules and distinguishing homonym spellings. Using the dictionary for vocabulary development and correct spelling will also be covered. Students who have completed this course will be competent spellers.

ENGU 0341

Learning and Study Skills I

This course will help students to gain the learning and study skills needed in various types of learning situations. The course is useful for students who are involved in, or intending to enrol in, developmental courses, remedial courses, correspondence course, vocational coursework, or career coursework. The course will help students to develop and practice effective learning strategies, study skills and techniques, and approaches to learning and study. It will focus on the improvement of learning and academic performance.

ENGU 0350

Developmental Writing

This is a course for students who wish to develop their expression of ideas in different written formats, including letters, reports, and essays. The course is designed for students who lack experience with practical writing tasks and who are preparing for entry into vocational and career programs or preparing to take the GED exam. Emphasis is placed on the process of generating appropriate material for difference audiences and expressing this in standard written English.

ENGU 0355

Reading/Writing Intermediate Level

This is an integrated reading and writing course. It is designed for students who need to develop comprehension of academic text and the expression of ideas in a variety of formats including academic essays and reports. The course is appropriate for students who are preparing to write the GED exams, to enter vocational or career programs at a college level, or to enter the sequence of preparatory courses for university transfer reading and writing work. Reading work in this course will emphasize 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.

ENGU 0356

Human Services Foundations Program

This is an integrated course for students who are interested in pursuing future training and employment in human services, but who first need to strengthen their reading, writing and vocabulary skills. Reading, writing and vocabulary skill development will be based on human services related content including the development of personal and professional identity and roles; historical perspectives and ethical decision making; and
Significant current social policy trends. 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 readings in a range of academic formats and to apply these skills to academic writing. Students who receive Mastery in this course
and are subsequently accepted into one of the Integrated Programs in the Faculty of Child, Family and
Community Studies at Douglas College, will receive credit for CFCS 1110.

ENGU 0360

Academic Reading I

The purpose of this course is to develop comprehension of academic text. The course is appropriate for students who are preparing to write the GED exams, enter vocational or career programs at a college level, or who want an introduction to comprehension of academic text. Work in this course will emphasize summing up main points from academic material, and responding critically to the information and ideas. Skills instruction will include: paraphrasing and reporting on text material, critically evaluating ideas in reading material, and participating in class discussion. Reading material used will be at an introductory college level.

ENGU 0380

Reading and Writing Intermediate Level 1

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.

ENGU 0390

Reading and Writing Intermediate Level 2

This is an integrated reading and writing course that prepares students to meet the prerequisites of ENGU 480 and ENGU 0455. It is designed for students who need to develop comprehension of academic text and the expression of ideas in a variety of formats, including academic essays. The course is appropriate for students who are preparing to enter vocational or career programs at a college level, or to enter the sequence of preparatory courses for university transfer reading and writing work. Reading skills will focus on 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 concepts and analyses from their reading work and to employ these in developing academic organization, content and language in their writing.

ENGU 0399

Editing: Intermediate/Advanced Level

This course supplements both ENGU 0355 and ENGU 0455. 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 level, sentence level, and paragraph level to develop editing strategies for basic clarity and style, and proofreading strategies for errors in grammar, word choice, spelling, and punctuation. Journalistic readings will be used as prompts for brief composition practice.

ENGU 0425

Writing and Learning Skills Adjunct for CFCS Students

This course is a writing and study skills adjunct course for students enrolled in the CFCS programs. It is intended for students who have some experience in writing for academic purposes, but require further instruction and practice in the kinds of writing required in program courses. Therefore, exercises will be based on integrated course writing assignments, and students will develop writing and learning skills and strategies specific to these assignments. Students will improve their ability to take notes, generate appropriate content, organize information and ideas, and use language accurately.

ENGU 0441

Learning and Study Skills II

This course will help students to prepare for the learning and study skills needed in first-year coursework. The course will provide opportunities to develop and practice effective strategies, skills, and approaches to learning that focus on improving learning and academic performance at a college-level. Learning strategies will be covered as well as the use of specific external study aids and techniques (for example, study formulas, notetaking methods for both texts and lectures, and exam writing). Emphasis will be on study aids and techniques. Students taking this course should already have the ability to learn independently.

ENGU 0450

Introduction to Research Papers and Academic Assignments

This course prepares students for successfully handling documented research papers and other types of academic writing assignments. It is designed for students who lack previous experience with the demands of academic writing and who wish to improve their ability to succeed in university-transfer level courses. Students learn to compose essays, analyze assignments, gather and organize material, document sources and avoid plagiarism, handle essay exams, use feedback to improve the expression of their ideas, and use computers to assist with editing.

ENGU 0455

Reading/Writing Advanced Level

This is an intensive reading and writing course. It is designed for students who are preparing to do university transfer courses or who need support for the university transfer courses they are presently taking. Students will read academic material such as college-level textbook chapters and scholarly journal articles as well as journalistic sources. Emphasis will be on reading critically, developing a vocabulary to articulate ideas, and handling a college-level volume of reading. Skills covered will include summarizing lengthy academic text, researching databases on academic topics and diverse points of view, and participating in and leading academic discussion. Students will learn how to gather and organize information, avoid plagiarism, and follow conventions of documentation styles. They will produce research papers, and practice writing essay exams under time restraints. As well, their written expression and editing skills will be an important focus.

ENGU 0460

Academic Reading II

The purpose of this course is to develop comprehension of college-level reading material. The course is appropriate for students who are preparing for the reading demands of college-level academic coursework. Emphasis will be on understanding ideas and themes from academic text, producing critical responses to information and ideas, and evaluating information from varied sources. Skills covered will include producing written and oral summaries of lengthy academic text, researching academic topics, synthesizing and evaluating information from diverse sources, and participating in and leading academic discussion. Readings will be typical of first-year academic material, for example, textbook chapters, journal articles, and other supplementary reading.

ENGU 0480

Reading and Writing Advanced Level 1

This is an intensive reading and writing course. It is designed for students who are preparing to do university transfer courses or who need support for the university transfer courses they are presently taking. Students will read academic material such as college-level textbook chapters and scholarly journal articles as well as journalistic sources. Emphasis will be on reading critically, developing a vocabulary to articulate ideas, and handling a college-level volume of reading. Skills covered will include summarizing text, and participating in and leading academic discussion. Students will learn how to utilize and organize information, avoid plagiarism, and follow conventions of documentation styles. As well, their written expression and editing skills will be an important focus. Students will learn to compose essays, analyze assignments, utilize and organize material, document sources, handle essay exams and use feedback to improve the expression of their ideas.

ENGU 0490

Reading and Writing Advanced Level 2

This is an intensive reading and writing course. It is designed for students who are preparing to do university transfer courses or who need support for the university transfer courses they are presently taking. Students will read academic material such as college-level textbook chapters and scholarly journal articles as well as journalistic sources. Emphasis will be on reading critically, developing a vocabulary to articulate ideas, and handling a college-level volume of reading. Skills covered will include summarizing lengthy academic text, researching databases on academic topics and diverse points of view, and participating in and leading academic discussion. Students will learn how to gather and organize information, avoid plagiarism, and follow conventions of documentation styles. They will produce a research paper, and practice writing essay exams under time restraints. Their written expression and editing skills will be an important focus.

ENGU 0499

Advanced Grammar and Editing

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.