ENGL 0501

Advanced English Skills

0 Credits


Students review and practice the skills necessart 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. (Grade 11 equivalency).

Delivery Methods

Online, self-paced


Grade 10 English, ENGL 0401 or equivalent. Placement can be made on the basis of an English Assessment.


Students should obtain an English Language and Writing Assessment form and have their skills assessed to make sure they start with the course best-suited to their needs. The form is available on the TRU-OL website and from Student Services.


ENGL 0500


  • To develop the British Columbia ABE Advanced English core skills.

Course Outline

Unit One

  • Use the Essay Writing Skills with Readings textbook efficiently.
  • Apply principles of effective writing and use the first and second steps in essay writing.
  • Apply several pre-writing techniques.
  • Analyse a story.
  • Complete exercises on subject and verb forms.
  • Revise, edit, and rewrite compositions.
  • Write a short story based on a personal memorable experience.
  • Write a summary of a short story.
  • Write a paragraph about the skill or art of story writing.
  • Place major and minor details in logical order.
  • Write a thesis statement.

Unit Two

  • Apply the "Third and Fourth Bases for Writing and Evaluating Essays."
  • Apply the "Four Bases for Revising Essays."
  • Distinguish between narrative and expository writing.
  • Correct sentence fragments, run-on sentences, misplaced modifiers, dangling modifiers, and faulty parallelism.
  • Write two paragraphs.
  • Write an essay using examples.
  • Write sentences that contain connecting words or phrases.

Unit Three

  • Use comparison and contrast effectively in essay development.
  • Use cause and effect effectively in essay development.
  • Identify and use figures of speech that make or imply comparisons.
  • Learn effective literary terms/devices.
  • Write with correct pronoun agreement, pronoun reference, pronoun point of view, pronoun types, adjectives, and adverbs.
  • Analyse a personal essay.
  • Correctly use apostrophes, commas, colons, semicolons, dashes, hyphens, parentheses, quotation marks, and capital letters.
  • Write a review, a "backgrounder,"or an analysis of bias and balance in televised investigative reporting.
  • Edit, revise, and rewrite essays.

Unit Four

  • Format a paper.
  • Follow rules for abbreviating and writing out in full.
  • Apply the following literary terms to literature: foreshadowing, characterization, plot, theme, conflict, symbolism, irony, and mood.
  • Write one argumentative essay.
  • Write five literary analysis paragraphs about a novel.
  • Edit and revise an essay and paragraphs at a higher level.
  • Do preliminary planning for writing an analytical essay in the next unit.

Unit Five

  • Plan and write a paragraph.
  • Write a literary essay on Of Mice and of Men.
  • Use a library to do research (optional).
  • Correct or avoid errors related to commonly confused words, slang, pretentious wording, clichés, and wordiness.
  • Vary your sentence patterns.
  • Edit, revise, and rewrite one paragraph and one essay.

Unit Six

  • Revise, edit and rewrite better essays.
  • Write a literary essay on a play.
  • Write either a rhetorical mode essay or a unit theme orientated essay on handling adversity.
  • Distinguish between connotation and denotation.
  • Practice your editing skills.
  • Prepare for the final exam.

Course Duration

30 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

  1. Of Mice and Men. Steinbeck, John. Penguin. (1993).
    Type: Novel, ISBN – 0-14-017739-6
  2. The Baby Blues. Taylor, Drew H. Talonbooks. (1999).
    Type: Novel, ISBN – 0-88922-406-4

Note: Students registering for this course will have to source the following textbook on their own:

  1. Langan, John and Sharon Winstanley. Essay Writing Skills with Readings. 6th Edition. McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 2011.
    Type: Textbook, ISBN: 978-1-259-02418-4

Additional Requirements

A computer with Internet is required.

Open Learning Faculty Member

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.


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 final mandatory exam.

Assignment 1 12.5%
Assignment 2 12.5%
Assignment 3 12.5%
Assignment 4 12.5%
Assignment 5 12.5%
Assignment 6 12.5%
Final Exam 25%
Total 100%