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Suggested Year of Study:1theme-1
Duration:1 Semester
Credit units:3
Offering unit:FAH

Department of English


ENGL112 – EELC142 (English IV: Academic English 4) or release from EELC142 based on placement or admission assessments

Course Description

ENGL112 seeks to develop the writing and reading skills that are necessary for active participation within the University academic environment. The course will focus primarily on the development of skills related to analysing different rhetorical situations, responding to those situations and developing effective writing processes that encourage active revision and editing. Students are expected to read a number of academic and non-academic non-fiction texts within 3-4 thematic areas (taught as modules) and write 3-4 essays (one for each module) of appropriate academic prose. At least one essay assignment must be an ‘in-class’ timed essay. Throughout the semester students will be expected to produce 6-8 pages (1500-2000 words) of edited prose writing, which will form the bulk of the evaluated student products.


Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Use critical reading and thinking skills to analyse the language and rhetorical choices of texts. This includes:
    1. identification of the purpose(s) and audience(s) of a text
    2. awareness of the role of genre in understanding a text
    3. accurate summarisation of a text
  2. Use rhetorical knowledge to produce writing that:
    1. focuses on a clear consistent purpose
    2. responds to the needs of an appropriate sophisticated academic audience
    3. employs a tone that is consistent with writing for an academic audience
    4. develops supporting arguments that are rhetorically appropriate
  3. Develop a writing process that is rhetorically flexible to the demands of academic writing in multiple genres. This includes the ability to:
    1. use various strategies of invention, drafting and revision
    2. critique ones own work and the work of peers
    3. reflect on the process of writing multiple drafts of an essay
  4. Learn to give and receive critical responses as a member of a community of academic writers.