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COMM 0003 - Technical Communication Skills for ESL Students 2

Communication Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

Course Details

This course provides students with the writing, speaking, listening, and reading skills required to succeed in BCIT's other Professional English Language Development courses. You will practice grammar skills and language structures useful for technical communication, including writing and speaking about your background, writing formal definitions and descriptions, summarizing, and making presentations. NOTE: Seat availability is limited and registration is on a first-come-first-serve basis only. We do not guarantee or reserve seats for students with no exceptions. Please also be mindful that taking the COMM 0015 test and receiving a placement does NOT guarantee students a seat for a course. If you need financial assistance for any additional fees, tuition, books, transportation, and/or unsubsidized child-care (up to a maximum of $300 per term), please refer to the following website:www.bcit.ca/finaid/abesap.shtml. Your application must be submitted no later than the first day of class.

Prerequisite(s)

COMM 0015 (placement at the 0003 level) within the last 12 months, OR COMM 0071 within the last 12 months.

Credits

0.0

Cost

$689.87 - $703.00 See individual course offerings below for actual costs.

Fall 2014

Below are two offerings of this course for the Fall 2014 term.

CRN 31159

Wed Oct 29 - Fri Dec 12 8 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Oct 29 - Dec 12 Mon 08:30 - 12:20 BBY NE1 Rm. 201
Oct 29 - Dec 12 Wed 08:30 - 12:20 BBY NE1 Rm. 320
Oct 29 - Dec 12 Fri 08:30 - 12:20 BBY NE23 Rm. 101

Instructor

Rapti Dietrich

Course Outline

TBD

Cost

$703.00

Notes

  1. In order to register for this course, you must either have written the COMM 0015 test (and been placed at this level) within the last 12 months, or you have successfully completed COMM 0071 within the last 12 months. This course is tuition-free for Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, Refugees and Live-in Caregivers. To register for this course you must come in person to the International Student Centre at the Burnaby campus (SW1-1170) and bring proof of your immigration status/citizenship, and one additional piece of photo ID for approval. Note: Attendance is mandatory for the first two classes. Students who fail to attend the first two classes will be dropped from the course WITHOUT notice. This cousre runs concurrently with the BMS program. The start date has changed from October 27 to 29, 2014.

This course offering is in progress. Please check this page for other currently available offerings or subscribe to receive email updates.

In Progress

CRN 37997

Sat Nov 01 - Sun Dec 07 8 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Nov 01 - Dec 07 Sat/Sun 08:30 - 16:30 DTC Rm. 420

Instructor

Judit Gyenes

Course Outline

Cost

$703.00

Notes

  1. In order to register for this course, you must either have written the COMM 0015 test (and been placed at this level) within the last 12 months, or you have successfully completed COMM 0071 within the last 12 months. This course is tuition-free for Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, Refugees and Live-in Caregivers. To register for this course you must come in person to the International Student Centre at the Burnaby campus (SW1-1170) and bring proof of your immigration status/citizenship, and one additional piece of photo ID for approval. Note: Attendance is mandatory for the first two classes. Students who fail to attend the first two classes will be dropped from the course WITHOUT notice.

Online registration for this course offering is not available. However, you can still register via phone, fax, mail or in person.

Registration Options

Winter 2015

Below are four offerings of this course for the Winter 2015 term.

CRN 17797

Mon Jan 05 - Mon Feb 23 8 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 05 - Feb 23 Mon 08:30 - 12:20 BBY NE23 Rm. 101
Jan 05 - Feb 23 Fri 08:30 - 12:20 BBY NE23 Rm. 101
Jan 05 - Feb 23 Wed 08:30 - 12:20 BBY NE1 Rm. 201

Instructor

TBD

Course Outline

TBD

Cost

$689.87

Notes

  1. In order to register for this course, you must either have written the COMM 0015 test (and been placed at this level) within the last 12 months, or you have successfully completed COMM 0071 within the last 12 months. This course is tuition-free for Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, Refugees and Live-in Caregivers. To register for this course you must come in person to the International Student Centre (SW1-1170) and bring proof of your immigration status/citizenship, and one additional piece of photo ID for approval. Note: Attendance is mandatory. Students who do not attend the first two classes will be dropped from the course WITHOUT notice. This cousre runs concurrently with the BMS program. There is no class held on February 9.

Online registration for this course offering is not available. However, you can still register via phone, fax, mail or in person.

Registration Options

CRN 15244

Sat Jan 10 - Sun Feb 22 7 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 10 - Feb 22 Sat/Sun 08:30 - 16:30 DTC Rm. 420

Instructor

TBD

Course Outline

TBD

Cost

$689.87

Notes

  1. In order to register for this course, you must either have written the COMM 0015 test (and been placed at this level) within the last 12 months, or you have successfully completed COMM 0071 within the last 12 months. This course is tuition-free for Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, Refugees and Live-in Caregivers. To register for this course you must come in person to the International Student Centre (SW1-1170) and bring proof of your immigration status/citizenship, and one additional piece of photo ID for approval. Note: Attendance is mandatory. Students will be dropped from the course WITHOUT notice if they do not attend the first two classes. There are no classes held on Feb 7 and 8.

Online registration for this course offering is not available. However, you can still register via phone, fax, mail or in person.

Registration Options

CRN 19210

Fri Feb 27 - Mon Apr 20 9 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Feb 27 - Apr 20 Wed 08:30 - 12:20 BBY NE1 Rm. 201
Feb 27 - Apr 20 Mon 08:30 - 12:20 BBY NE23 Rm. 101
Feb 27 - Apr 20 Fri 08:30 - 12:20 BBY NE1 Rm. 318

Instructor

TBD

Course Outline

TBD

Cost

$689.87

Notes

  1. In order to register for this course, you must either have written the COMM 0015 test (and been placed at this level) within the last 12 months, or you have successfully completed COMM 0071 within the last 12 months. This course is tuition-free for Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, Refugees and Live-in Caregivers. To register for this course you must come in person to the International Student Centre (SW1-1170) and bring proof of your immigration status/citizenship, and one additional piece of photo ID for approval. Note: Attendance is mandatory. Students who do not attend the first two classes will be dropped from the course WITHOUT notice. This course runs concurrently with the BMS program. There is no class held on February 16.

Online registration for this course offering is not available. However, you can still register via phone, fax, mail or in person.

Registration Options

CRN 19209

Sat Mar 07 - Sun Apr 19 7 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Mar 07 - Apr 19 Sat/Sun 08:30 - 16:30 DTC Rm. 420

Instructor

TBD

Course Outline

TBD

Cost

$689.87

Notes

  1. In order to register for this course, you must either have written the COMM 0015 test (and been placed at this level) within the last 12 months, or you have successfully completed COMM 0071 within the last 12 months. This course is tuition-free for Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, Refugees and Live-in Caregivers. To register for this course you must come in person to the International Student Centre (SW1-1170) and bring proof of your immigration status/citizenship, and one additional piece of photo ID for approval. Note: Attendance is mandatory. Students who do not attend the first two classes will be dropped from the course WITHOUT notice. There are no classes held on April 4 & 5.

Online registration for this course offering is not available. However, you can still register via phone, fax, mail or in person.

Registration Options

Learning Outcomes

Writing skills

  • Organize ideas using some pre-writing techniques
  • Draft, revise and edit paragraphs
  • With the help of correction symbols, identify common grammatical components and correct identified errors
  • Use concrete content vocabulary
  • Write descriptive and expository paragraphs on a familiar or concrete topic
  • Use personal experience to write paragraphs
  • Review and practice the basic components of effective technical paragraph writing and some multi-paragraph assignments
  • Make some adjustment for audience, purpose and intended effects

Speaking skills

  • Participate in a variety of group or paired activities
  • Deliver 2 or 3 individual presentations (description, interview and process)
  • Organize thoughts and ideas in terms of purpose, sequence, language
  • Respond to questions and feedback in familiar and predictable contexts
  • Demonstrate the use of some basic presentation skills (body language, timing, eye contact)
  • Express and/or explain ideas, opinions and feelings about familiar topics with rare reliance on re-wording or rephrasing
  • Use a varying range of concrete vocabulary and some idiomatic expressions for use in classroom discussions on general topics
  • Have a good range of technical language in their particular field
  • Use a limited range of structures. (Errors, while frequent, do not prevent communication. Pronunciation, however, may impede understanding.)

Reading skills

  • Comprehend selected authentic texts and/or supported materials of moderate length (newspaper and magazine articles and manuals) within a less familiar context
  • Analyze sections of texts for main ideas, supporting details, purpose and meaning, distinguish fact from opinion
  • Use context, title, headings and format to predict and determine information about a text
  • Adjust reading rate according to task (skimming and scanning a variety of passages)
  • Comprehend high frequency content words
  • Accept some ambiguity in reading passages
  • Use context clues to guess meaning of unfamiliar words. Use affixes and roots in decoding
  • Use a monolingual learners' dictionary

Listening skills

  • Understand to a significant degree most conversations on a variety of normal general topics at a normal rate of speech
  • Understand selected information delivered through a variety of broadcast media (radio, television, video )
  • Distinguish between formal informal register in speech with some effectiveness
  • Understand most natural speech containing a variety of structures, with some dependence on repetition
  • Understand sufficient concrete and abstract vocabulary, idioms, and expressions to follow classroom discussions on general topics
  • Understand ideas, opinions, and feeling about familiar topics and activities and technical and conceptual language related to their specialization
  • Follow instructions with some repetition from instructor
  • Understand group discussion and conversations 75% of the time

Related Programs

COMM 0003 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Business

  1. Business Management Studies (BMS)
    Full-time   Associate Certificate

Books & Supplies

The BCIT bookstore carries textbooks, general reference books, software, and stationery. Please visit bcit.ca/bookstore for more information.

Fall 2014

Books for Fall 2014 offerings of this course are available in the following BCIT online bookstores. Please choose the bookstore appropriate for the offering you are considering.

BCIT Downtown Campus Bookstore

If you are taking this course at the BCIT Downtown Campus (DTC), please purchase books for this course at the BCIT Downtown Campus Bookstore.

Understanding & Using Engl Grammar Internat'l Sb W/AK & Audiocd
Author Betty Schrampfer Azar
Publisher Pearson Education Usa
Copyright 2010
Binding Paperback
ISBN 978-0-13246-450-5
Price $55.95
Optional

BCIT Burnaby Bookstore

If you are taking this course, but are not taking it through either Distance Education or Online Learning, nor at the BCIT Downtown Campus (DTC), please purchase books for this course at the BCIT Burnaby Bookstore.

Understanding & Using Engl Grammar Internat'l Sb W/AK & Audiocd
Author Betty Schrampfer Azar
Publisher Pearson Education Usa
Copyright 2010
Binding Paperback
ISBN 978-0-13246-450-5
Price $55.95
Optional

Winter 2015

No information on books is currently available for Winter 2015 offerings of this course.

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