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COMM 0071

Technical Communication Skills for EAL Students 1

School School of Computing and Academic Studies
Program PELD
Minimum Passing Grade 50%
Start Date September 10, 2021
End Date October 29, 2021
Total Weeks 8
Delivery Type Lecture/Lab
Pre-requisites  ​Students must have completed ONE of the following: (1) COMM 0015 (placement at the COMM 0071 level) within the past 12 months OR (2) CLB/LINC or CELPIP score of 5 or better in both reading and writing within the last 12 months OR (3) IELTS (academic format only) of 4.5 or better in both reading and writing within the last 24 months OR (4) Completion of ELSK 420 through the Pathway program OR (5) TOEFL overall score of 32 or better within the last 24 months.
CRN 32595

Acknowledgement of Territories

The British Columbia Institute of Technology acknowledges that our campuses are located on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish Nations of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam).

Instructor Details

Name Judit Gyenes
E-mail Instructor to provide
Location NA
Office Hours Instructor to provide

Course Description

The introductory course is for students who intend to study technology and trades at the college level. It provides students with a foundation in English language skills, including reading, writing, speaking and listening, and prepares them for future Professional English Language Development courses at BCIT. The course will emphasize developing accurate writing, in particular, applying grammar rules and appropriate phrasing. Each week, students will be introduced to topics based on themes found in business, technology, and trades. 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: Your application must be submitted NO LATER THAN THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS.

Course Learning Outcomes/Competencies

Writing Skills

  • Write sentences that are clear, concise, and grammatically correct.
  • Organize paragraphs effectively.
  • Organize and develop your ideas effectively in written assignments.
  • Write documents that use a variety of sentence patterns and appropriate vocabulary.
  • Use appropriate vocabulary correctly.
  • Demonstrate improvement in written work.

Reading and Learning Skills

  • Read textbooks, handouts, and articles with greater comprehension and retention.
  • Identify main ideas and important details in reading assignments.
  • Take effective notes from written course materials and listening exercises.

Listening and Speaking Skills

  • Plan, organize, and deliver an effective oral presentation.
  • Improve the grammatical correctness of your speech.

Learning Resources


Understanding and Using English Grammar by Azar and Hagen, 5th edition

An English-to-English advanced learner's dictionary, for example the Collins Cobuild Advanced Learner's Dictionary or the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Evaluation Criteria

Assignments 35%

Midterm 20%

Final 30%

Oral Presentation 15%

Safety equipment or protective clothing

facemask in the classroom

Course Schedule and Assignments

Week 1 Introduction; Diagnostic Writing (Sept. 10)

Week 2 Paragraphing; Sentence Structure; Verb Tenses; Assignment 1 (Sept. 17)

Week 3 Grammar and Writing Issues (continued); Assignment 2 (Sept. 27)

Week 4 Review; Midterm (Oct. 6)

Week 5 Sentence Combining; Transitions; Assignment 3 (Oct. 13)

Week 6 Writing Issues and Editing; Oral Presentation Skills; Assignment 4 (Oct. 20)

Week 7 Oral Presentations; Review (Oct. 25 and 27)

Week 8 Final Exam (Oct. 29)

BCIT Policy

Any student who needs special assistance in the event of a medical emergency or building evacuation (either because of a disability or for any other reason) should promptly inform their course instructor(s) and Accessibility Services of their personal circumstances.

Human Rights, Harassment and Discrimination:
The BCIT community is made up of individuals from every ability, background, experience and identity, each contributing uniquely to the richness and diversity of the BCIT community as a whole. In recognition of this, and the intrinsic value of our diversity, BCIT seeks to foster a climate of collaboration, understanding and mutual respect between all members of the community and ensure an inclusive accessible working and learning environment where everyone can succeed.

Respect, Diversity, and Inclusion is a supportive resource for both students and employees of BCIT, to foster a respectful learning and working environment. Any student who feels that they are experiencing discrimination or harassment (personal or human rights-related) can confidentially access this resource for advice and support. Please see Policy 7507 – Harassment and Discrimination and accompanying procedure.

Students should make themselves aware of additional Education, Administration, Safety and other BCIT policies listed at

Guidelines for School of Computing and Academic Studies

Students must successfully complete a course within a maximum of three (3) attempts at the course. Students with two attempts in a single course will be allowed to repeat the course only upon special written permission from the Associate Dean. Students who have not successfully completed a course within three attempts will not be eligible to graduate from their respective program.


I verify that the content of this course outline is current.
Judit Gyenes, Instructor
September 09, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed.
Nathan Devos, Program Head
September 09, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed and complies with BCIT policy.
Patricia Sackville, Associate Dean
September 09, 2021

Note: Should changes be required to the content of this course outline, students will be given reasonable notice.