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English 099

Advanced College Preparation (non-credit)

Length of Course:  14weeks

Classroom Hours per Week:  8

Prerequisite: C grade in English 098; IELTS 5.5 with 5.5 Writing Band; TOEFL – iBT Total 71, Writing 16 plus two of Reading 17, Listening 17, Speaking 16; CAEL – 50-59 & Wr. 50

Text: Essay Essentials with Readings (6th Ed). Ed. S. Norton & B.Green

Course Description:

English 099 is an advanced English preparatory course for students in the University Transfer Program. Students are placed in English 099 because they either require remedial work in English or have completed prerequisites within the College. Students at this level are expected to have a basic competency in English. English 099 is meant to add to that competency and prepare students for the rigors of academic work. The course focuses on university level reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Students are required to write a summary of an academic article, three thesis-driven essays, and a research paper in MLA format. Students also participate in oral presentations and debates. Writing is in response to text and supplementary readings (or from various media) in a variety of subject areas and rhetorical styles. Particular attention is paid to integrating and synthesizing sources, and avoiding plagiarism. Through discussion and written work based on these readings, students develop their critical thinking skills.


Assignments 60%
Participation 5%
Oral Presentation(s) 10%
Final Examination 25%


Steve Barnes, B.Sc. (Alberta), M.A. (British Columbia)
Zeferino Cabrita, B.A., B.F.A., M.A. (British Columbia)
Dilek Cansin, B.A. (Macalester College), M.A. (British Columbia)
Debra Clarke, B.Sc., M.A., TESL Cert (British Columbia)
Julie Karey, B.A. ( British Columbia), M.A. (Simon Fraser)
Angela Lavery, B.A., B.Ed., (Toronto), M.A. (British Columbia)
Nicola Maher, B.A. (British Columbia), M.A. (Sussex)
Leslie Mercer, B.A. (British Columbia), M.A. (University College Dublin)
Jim Smith, B.Ed., M.Ed. (British Columbia), M.A. (Simon Fraser)
Gary Swanson, B.A. (Simon Fraser), M.A. (British Columbia)
Julie Karey, B.A. (British Columbia), M.A. (Simon Fraser)