ENGL 0501: Advanced English Skills

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).

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.


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 Objectives:

  • Co-operative Communication
  • Media Literacy

Course outline

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, John, & Sharon Winstanley, Essay Writing Skills with Readings, 7th ed., McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 2014.
    Type: Textbook: ISBN: 978-007087730-6
  2. Steinbeck, John. Of Mice and Men, First published in 1937. Penguin, 1993.
    Type: Novel: ISBN: 0-14-017739-6
  3. Taylor, Drew H. The Baby Blues. Talonbooks, 1999.
    Type: Novel: ISBN: 0-88922-406-4

Additional requirements

A computer with Internet access.


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* 25%
Total 100%


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.

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