Academic Calendar

ERDW – ESL Reading and Writing

ERDW 081
Intermediate Reading and Writing I
5 Credits          Weekly (7-0-0)

Intermediate Reading and Writing I allows the students to develop reading skills through reading adapted text at the low intermediate level. They write with improved fluency and grammatical accuracy and prepare for further study. High frequency vocabulary from the Academic Word List is introduced.

Prerequisites: EAL Placement Test (Reading/Writing 81 or more).

ERDW 082
Intermediate Reading and Writing II
5 Credits          Weekly (7-0-0)

Intermediate Academic Reading and Writing II introduces short narratives on common topics of interest. Students learn to scan for details and interpret maps and tables. Students also learn to take notes, organize information and use reference sources such as dictionaries. More vocabulary from the Academic Word List is introduced. Students write paragraphs and summaries.

Prerequisites: EAL Placement Test (Reading/Writing 82) or Minimum B- in ERDW 081.

ERDW 083
Advanced Reading and Writing I
5 Credits          Weekly (7-0-0)

Advanced Reading and Writing I is intended to help students develop the reading and writing skills required to succeed in post-secondary education. The following reading skills are covered: skimming, scanning, predicting and summarizing. Paragraph and essay writing is covered in conjunction with a review of grammar. Most of the Academic Word List is introduced.

Prerequisites: EAL Placement Test (Reading/Writing 83) or Minimum B- in ERDW 082 and B- in ESPL 081.

ERDW 084
Advanced Reading and Writing II
5 Credits          Weekly (7-0-0)

In Advanced Reading and Writing II, students develop reading and writing skills to a level which ensures their comprehension and interpretation of complex English texts and vocabulary. Grammatical accuracy is emphasized. Students are expected to practice note-taking and write summaries, essays and reports in a logical, well-organized manner. News items are analyzed for fact and opinion. Speed reading is also introduced. Academic vocabulary is enhanced and put into practice.

Prerequisites: EAL placement Test (Reading/Writing 84) or Minimum B- in ERDW 083 and minimum B- in ESPL 082.

ERDW 085
Reading and Writing for Academic Purposes
5 Credits          Weekly (7-0-0)

Reading and Writing for Academic Purposes is intended for students who require an academic level of English reading and writing for re-entry into a profession, entry into a high school upgrading program or entry into post-secondary education. Students access material and topics at a post-secondary and professional level. The course includes discussion and analysis of literary works in conjunction with the development of critical thinking skills and clarity of expression. Charts, graphs and non-fiction are studied and interpreted for content, opinion, bias and writing style.

Prerequisites: EAL Placement Test (Reading/Writing 85) or B- in ERDW 084 and B- in ESPL 083.