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Thompson Rivers University

ENGL 0501: Advanced English Skills

Students review and practise the skills necessary for writing effectual sentences, paragraphs, and short essays. By the end of the course, students are able to write effective application letters and short critical essays about literary selections in this Grade 11 English equivalency course.  

Learning outcomes

The intended outcome of this course is for students to be as well-prepared for further education and decision making as typical students who have completed other secondary school and adult basic education (ABE) courses at the “Advanced English” (English 11) level, as articulated by the ABE English Working Group.

Required Learning Outcomes:

  • Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Speaking and Listening
  • Reading, Research, Reference
  • Written Communication

Recommended Learning Outcomes:

  • Co-operative Communication
  • Media Literacy
  • Computer Literacy

Course topics

Unit 1: Memorable Experience and Places

Unit 2: Being Different

Unit 3: Adapting to Change

Unit 4: Friendship

Unit 5: Disabilities and Abilities

Unit 6: Handling Adversity

Required text and materials

The following materials are required for the course:

  1. Albright, Z. L., & Langan, J. (2023). College Writing Skills with Readings ISE + Connect (11th ed.). McGraw-Hill.
    Type: Textbook. ISBN: 9781265459444
  2. Steinbeck, J. (1993). Of Mice and Men. Penguin. 
    Type: Novel. ISBN: 0-14-017739-6 / 978-0-14-017739-8
  3. Taylor, D. H. (1999). The Baby Blues. Talonbooks.
    Type: Novel. ISBN: 0-88922-406-4 / 978-0-88922-406-3


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact with any questions about this.

To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the mandatory final exam.

Assignment 1: Memorable Experiences and Places 12.5%
Assignment 2: Being Different 12.5%
Assignment 3: Adapting to Change     12.5%
Assignment 4: Friendship 12.5%
Assignment 5: Disabilities and Abilities     12.5%
Assignment 6: Handling Adversity 12.5%
Mandatory Final Exam 25%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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