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  • The Academic Program

    The department teaches three courses: ENGL 101 (An Introduction to Academic Discourse), which is a freshman composition course; ENGL 102 (An Introduction to Report Writing), which deals with freshman composition and basic research and report writing skills; and ENGL 214 (Academic & Professional Communication), which develops the students' research and report writing skills and teaches the language of recruitment and correspondence. Both ENGL 102 and 214 also include formal presentation skills.​

    ELD faculty teach four sections each per semester and can expect to be responsible for between 90 and 110 students. The nature of the courses means that a significant part of the working week is taken up with preparing classes and quizzes and with marking written work. A set of course materials is available for download on Blackboard and teachers are encouraged to supplement them with their own materials. A published course textbook for ENGL 214 is also available.


    Each English course is worth three credit hours for a student's GPA. In the freshman year, students tend to take ENGL 101 in their first semester and ENGL 102 in their second. They study around five subjects per semester including English but little or nothing about their major during this year. Instead, their freshman-year courses aim to bring them up to a suitable level in Math, Physics and Chemistry. Most students now take ENGL 214 in the first semester of their sophomore year, which is not ideal. ENGL 214 students have to write a technical report on a topic in their major but, at this stage in their academic careers, have only just started to study it. We normally recommend that ENGL 214 should be taken in the second semester of the sophomore year, or later.

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  • ENGL 101 - An Introduction to Academic Discourse

    An introduction to academic reading, writing, and vocabulary. Students are exposed to reading texts of various genres, such as encyclopedias, magazines, newspapers, and websites, and are taught strategies for dealing with them. The writing component teaches argumentation and such rhetorical modes as definition, exemplification, causal analysis, and comparison. Students are taught the writing process and introduced to paragraphing, cohesion, conciseness, unity and the use of specific detail, and are alerted to common errors in grammar and sentence structure.     The vocabulary component is based on the Academic Word List, a corpus of approximately 600 words based on the most frequently occurring lexis in a broad range of academic texts. During the course, students are expected to maintain a Reading and Writing Portfolio as guided self-study.

    Prerequisite: Completion of Preparatory English Program

    Texts: An Introduction to Academic Discourse (online Blackboard course)

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  • ENGL 102 - Introduction to Report Writing

    Students acquire and develop the requisite skills needed to write a technical report, using a variety of sources on a themed topic. Students hone these skills through a number of shorter writing exercises meant to emulate all aspects of a full report. They are introduced to basic research skills involving the internet and the University's databases and print collection.  They are introduced to the APA style of documentation. They are taught about document design, evaluating sources, summarizing, outlining, note taking, drafting, revising and editing, culminating in a final term report of 1000 to 1200 words. Academic integrity in report writing is strongly emphasized. Their reading skills are further enhanced through exposure to a variety of graphical sources such as charts, graphs and diagrams. Students are taught oral presentation skills culminating in a PowerPoint presentation based on a topic of their choosing.

    Prerequisite: ENGL101

    Texts: An Introduction to Report Writing (online Blackboard course)

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  • ENGL 214 - Academic and Professional Communication

    Students write a 1750-word source-based report on a topic that combines their major field of study with a particular theme. They use the APA6 style of documentation and advanced Internet and library research skills. Instruction includes audience analysis, narrowing and focusing a report topic, quotation, document design, summarizing, writing a descriptive abstract, and drafting. Academic integrity receives particular emphasis. Students are also  introduced to the world of work starting with job seeking (job applications, cover letters and emails, résumés, interviews) and leading to the most important aspects of business correspondence (letter formats, style, tone). Instruction is given on advanced presentation skills for public speaking in both academic and professional environments.

    Prerequisite: ENGL102

    Texts: Successful Writing at Work by Philip C. Kolin, 4th ed., 2015

    Academic & Professional Communication (Online Blackboard course)

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