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ENGL 0501: Advanced English Skills

Students review and practice 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. (Grade 11 equivalency).

ENGL 0501 (or Advanced English in the ABE Articulation Handbook) is the equivalent of academic English 11 and has been articulated to meet the standards of similar English 11 courses in British Columbia. It covers the basic steps in essay writing and the basic rules of grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and word usage. It also examines select literary terms as they apply to short narratives, essays, poems, a play, and a novel. Objectives for the six course units are provided at the beginning of each unit. The required work includes six unit assignments and the final exam.

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 courses at the Advance English level, as articulated by the Adult Basic Education (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 One: Memorable Experience and Places

Unit Two: Being Different

Unit Three: Adapting to Change

Unit Four: Friendship

Unit Five: Disabilities and Abilities

Unit Six: Handling Adversity

Required text and materials

  1. Langan, J., & Albright, Z. L. (2019). College writing skills with readings (10th ed.). McGraw-Hill Ryerson.
    Type: Textbook: ISBN 978-1-260-09202-8
  1. Steinbeck, J. (1993). Of mice and men. Penguin. (Original work published in 1937.)
    Type: Novel: ISBN 0-14-017739-6
  1. Taylor, D. H. (1999). The baby blues. Talonbooks.
    Type: Novel: ISBN 0-88922-406-4


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 final mandatory exam.

Unit 1 Assignment 12.5%
Unit 2 Assignment 12.5%
Unit 3 Assignment 12.5%
Unit 4 Assignment 12.5%
Unit 5 Assignment 12.5%
Unit 6 Assignment 12.5%
Final Exam (mandatory) 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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