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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 in the next available term/schedule. Financial aid is also available for this course. 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

$585.52

Fall 2015

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

CRN 34000

Wed Sep 09 - Wed Oct 28 8 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 09 - Oct 28 Mon 08:30 - 12:20 BBY NE1 Rm. 325
Sep 09 - Oct 28 Wed 08:30 - 12:20 BBY NE1 Rm. 201
Sep 09 - Oct 28 Fri 08:30 - 12:20 BBY NE23 Rm. 101

Instructor

TBD

Course Outline

TBD

Cost

$585.52

Notes

  1. In order to register for this course, you must either have (1) a CLB/LINC score of "6" in both reading AND writing (2) written the COMM 0015 test (and been placed at this level) within the last 12 months, or (3) have successfully completed COMM 0071 within the last 12 months. Note: Attendance is mandatory for ALL classes. If you are unable to attend the first class, please be sure to email PELD@bcit.ca to inform the department; otherwise, you may be dropped from the course WITHOUT notice. All course registrations work on a first-come-first-serve basis only. Seats will NOT be guaranteed or reserved for students with no exceptions. There is no waitlist for this course. We recommend students to check our course website frequently for updates on seat availability. There is no class held on October 12. This course runs concurrently with the BMS program.

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

Full

CRN 31575

Sat Sep 12 - Sun Oct 25 7 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 12 - Oct 25 Sat/Sun 08:30 - 16:30 DTC

Instructor

TBD

Course Outline

TBD

Cost

$585.52

Notes

  1. In order to register for this course, you must either have (1) a CLB/LINC score of "6" in both reading AND writing (2) written the COMM 0015 test (and been placed at this level) within the last 12 months, or (3) have successfully completed COMM 0071 within the last 12 months. Note: Attendance is mandatory for ALL classes. If you are unable to attend the first class, please be sure to email PELD@bcit.ca to inform the department; otherwise, you may be dropped from the course WITHOUT notice. All course registrations work on a first-come-first-serve basis only. Seats will NOT be guaranteed or reserved for students with no exceptions. There is no waitlist for this course. We recommend students to check our course website frequently for updates on seat availability. There are no classes held on October 10 and 11.

This course offering has been cancelled. Please check this page for other currently available offerings or subscribe to receive email updates.

Cancelled

CRN 31159

Fri Oct 30 - Fri Dec 18 8 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Oct 30 - Dec 18 Mon 08:30 - 12:20 BBY NE1 Rm. 325
Oct 30 - Dec 18 Wed 08:30 - 12:20 BBY NE1 Rm. 201
Oct 30 - Dec 18 Fri 08:30 - 12:20 BBY NE23 Rm. 101

Instructor

TBD

Course Outline

TBD

Cost

$585.52

Notes

  1. In order to register for this course, you must either have (1) a CLB/LINC score of "6" in both reading AND writing (2) written the COMM 0015 test (and been placed at this level) within the last 12 months, or (3) have successfully completed COMM 0071 within the last 12 months. Note: Attendance is mandatory for ALL classes. If you are unable to attend the first class, please be sure to email PELD@bcit.ca to inform the department; otherwise, you may be dropped from the course WITHOUT notice. All course registrations work on a first-come-first-serve basis only. Seats will NOT be guaranteed or reserved for students with no exceptions. There is no waitlist for this course. We recommend students to check our course website frequently for updates on seat availability. There is no class held on November 11. This course runs concurrently with the BMS program.

CRN 37997

Sat Nov 07 - Sun Dec 13 6 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Nov 07 - Dec 13 Sat/Sun 08:30 - 16:30 DTC Rm. 420

Instructor

TBD

Course Outline

TBD

Cost

$585.52

Notes

  1. In order to register for this course, you must either have (1) a CLB/LINC score of "6" in both reading AND writing (2) written the COMM 0015 test (and been placed at this level) within the last 12 months, or (3) have successfully completed COMM 0071 within the last 12 months. Note: Attendance is mandatory for ALL classes. If you are unable to attend the first class, please be sure to email PELD@bcit.ca to inform the department; otherwise, you may be dropped from the course WITHOUT notice. All course registrations work on a first-come-first-serve basis only. Seats will NOT be guaranteed or reserved for students with no exceptions. There is no waitlist for this course. We recommend students to check our course website frequently for updates on seat availability.

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

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