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 allows the students to develop reading skills through reading adapted text at the intermediate level. Students will continue to build fluency and grammatical accuracy in writing using more complex sentence structures. Students learn to scan for details, interpret maps and tables, take notes, organize information, and use reference sources such as dictionaries. Vocabulary from the Academic Word List is continued.

Prerequisites: IELTS 4ꓸ5; or equivalent score on the placement test; or a minimum grade of B- in ERDW 081.

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

Advanced Reading and Writing I allows the students to develop reading and writing skills required to succeed in post-secondary education. Students continue to develop skimming, scanning, predicting, and summarizing skills, and build fluency and grammatical accuracy in writing using more complex sentence structures. Paragraph and essay writing is covered in conjunction with a review of grammar. Vocabulary from the Academic Word List is continued.

Prerequisites: IELTS 5ꓸ5; or equivalent score on the placement test; or a minimum of B- in ESPL 082.

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

Advanced Reading and Writing II allows the students to develop reading and writing skills to succeed in post-secondary education. This level focuses on comprehension and interpretation of complex English texts and vocabulary. Grammatical accuracy is emphasized. Students are expected to practice note-taking and write essays in a logical, well-organized manner. Speed reading is also continued. Academic vocabulary is enhanced and put into practice.

Prerequisites: IELTS 5ꓸ5; or equivalent score on the placement test; or a minimum grade of B- in ERDW 083.

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 or entry into a high school upgrading program or post-secondary education. Students access material and topics at a post-secondary and professional level. The course includes discussion and analysis of literary works. Non-fiction texts are studied and interpreted for content, purpose, and writing style. Clarity of expression in written work is emphasized.

Prerequisites: IELTS 6ꓸ0; or equivalent score on the placement test; or a minimum grade of B- in ERDW 084.