First English Courses (Block A):

All students are required to complete one of the 603-101, Introduction to College English, core courses before they can complete any other core English course.

To meet the varying needs of new English students, the English Department has three types of 603-101, Introduction to College English, courses.

The three types of 603-101 course are: 603-101-MA: Introduction to College English: Literature; 603-101-MB: Introduction to College English: Literature and Composition; and 603-101-MC: Introduction to College English: Effective Reading and Writing.

These three types of courses all have the same basic curriculum components but somewhat different focuses for some of the course work. These three types of courses are separated in order for teachers to provide more assistance to students who may have more fundamental problems with English written expression or who have English as a second language difficulties.

All students must complete the required course assignments in order to pass a 603-101 course.

These assignments will include a summative major reading and writing assignment, which is an analytical essay of at least 750 words. This essay will demonstrate college-level ability in the comprehension of a literary text and its elements, appropriate organization and development of a thesis statement, and appropriate use of standard written English.

603-101-MA: Introduction To College English: Literature

This course is intended for students whose results in Vanier English On-Line Classification Test or Admissions Test indicate a fairly good level of competency in writing basic English.

The literary content of the course will be chosen by individual instructors but will include selections from various genres: poetry, expository and persuasive literary essays, fiction, and drama. The reading material will be drawn from important representative works from the tradition of literature, with primary focus on works written in English.

The course will also provide a thorough grounding in analytical reading of literature and comprehension of basic literary elements, and the fundamentals of essay writing, with an emphasis on the writing and rewriting process. Some review of important aspects of sentence construction and grammar, spelling, punctuation and capitalization problems may be included as needed.

603-101-MB: Introduction To College English: Literature And Composition

Like the 603-101-MA course, this course is designed to develop the inter-related skills of reading and writing. It aims to assist the student in improving fluency and confidence in written expression and college level reading comprehension while also providing instruction in the analytical reading of literature and comprehension of basic literary elements.

The student can expect particular emphasis on practical work and will be expected to submit written work on a regular basis. The literature component of the course will be chosen by individual instructors. The course will provide a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of the essay-writing process: introductions and thesis statements, development of thesis, transitions, conclusion, drafting and revision, editing and proof-reading. Important aspects of sentence construction and grammar, spelling, punctuation and capitalization problems will also be emphasized.

Enrolment is limited so that students can receive more individual attention.

603-101-MC: Introduction To College English: Effective Reading And Writing

This course is the equivalent of 603-101-MB (see above) but is designed especially for students whose first language is not English. Therefore, a major focus is on developing students’ composition skills and, in particular, effective college-level reading and sentence writing, as the course name suggests. At the same time, analytical reading of literature and comprehension of basic literary elements is also a significant focus of this course.

Enrolment is limited so that students can receive more individual attention.

IMPORTANT: Successful completion of one 603-101-MC, 603-101-MB or 603-101-MA course is an ABSOLUTE prerequisite for registration in post-introductory courses.

Regardless of the specific 603-101 course type and teacher, successful completion of any 603-101 course is equivalent to completion of any other 603-101 course of any type.

Some students may be required to complete the non-credit Preparation for College English course if the results of your Vanier Admissions or English On-Line Classification Test indicate that improvement in your English writing skills is needed before you can take the first college-level English course.

IMPORTANT: The Preparation for College English course must be successfully completed BEFORE a student who is required to take this course can register for a 603-101, Introduction to College English, course.

603-001 OR 603-002: Preparation For College English

This non-credit course is designed to help English second-language students who have difficulty expressing themselves correctly and accurately in written English improve their English language skills to an introductory college level.

The course focuses on improving students’ reading, writing, and oral skills by exposing them to a variety of texts and writing assignments.

Basic problems with standard English expression, including vocabulary, diction and word choice, spelling and homonym confusions, grammar elements such as verb tense and agreement use, article, preposition and pronoun use, and correct sentence constructions are usually addressed in this course.

While some analysis of literary works is usually included in this course, the primary objectives are to enable students to read general college level texts accurately and to write a basic college level essay with adequate content, organization and expression.

This course is currently offered as a 90-hour summer Prep School intensive course in June and July, and as a regular semester 60-hour English course in the Fall and Winter semesters.

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