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COMM 0003 - Technical Communication Skills for ESL Students 2

Communication Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

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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: https://www.bcit.ca/finaid/abesap.shtml. Your application must be submitted NO LATER THAN THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS.

Prerequisite(s)

Students must have ONE of the following: (1) COMM 0015 (placement at the COMM 0003 level) within the past 12 months OR (2) CLB/LINC score of 6 or better in both reading and writing within the last 12 months OR (3) IELTS (academic format only) of 5.0 or better in both reading and writing within the last 12 months OR (4) Completion of ELSK 520 through the Pathway program OR (5) Completion of ISEP Level 4 with 50% or better in each course.

Credits

0.0

Cost

$602.47 - $612.47 See individual course offerings below for actual costs.

Fall 2020

Below are two offerings of this course for the Fall 2020 term.

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 Online Delivery
Oct 30 - Dec 18 Wed 08:30 - 12:20 BBY Online Delivery
Oct 30 - Dec 18 Fri 08:30 - 12:20 BBY Online Delivery

Instructor

Chad Fryer

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim

Cost

$612.47

Notes

  1. All scheduled PELD classes will be temporarily online via Learning Hub (learn.bcit.ca) until further notice. Once BCIT deems it safe to return to face-to-face classes, our courses will resume their on-campus schedule, as posted on the PELD website. Your instructor will send you details via your BCIT email (my.bcit.ca) about your course approximately one week before the start date. Effective September 1, 2017, the tuition portion of this course is free for Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents. Please note: ancillary fees such as Student Association fees, BCIT ID card fees, etc. will be charged and must be paid. 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 (4) completed ELSK 520 through VCC Pathway Program (5) have an IELTS score (academic format only) of 5.0 in BOTH reading and writing (6) completed ISEP level 4 with 50% or better in all four levels.. 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-served basis only. Seats will NOT be guaranteed or reserved for students with no exceptions. There is no waitlist for this course. We recommend students check our course website frequently for updates on seat availability. No class on November 11.

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

Registration Options

CRN 37997

Sat Nov 07 - Sun Dec 13 7 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Nov 07 - Dec 13 Sat/Sun 08:30 - 16:30 DTC Online Delivery

Instructor

TBD

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim

Cost

$602.47

Notes

  1. All scheduled PELD classes will be temporarily online via Learning Hub (learn.bcit.ca) until further notice. Once BCIT deems it safe to return to face-to-face classes, our courses will resume their on-campus schedule, as posted on the PELD website. Your instructor will send you details via your BCIT email (my.bcit.ca) about your course approximately one week before the start date. Effective September 1, 2017, the tuition portion of this course is free for Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents. Please note: ancillary fees such as Student Association fees, BCIT ID card fees, etc. will be charged and must be paid. 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 (4) completed ELSK 520 through VCC Pathway Program (5) have an IELTS score (academic format only) of 5.0 in BOTH reading and writing (6) completed ISEP level 4 with 50% or better in all four levels. 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-served basis only. Seats will NOT be guaranteed or reserved for students with no exceptions. There is no waitlist for this course. We recommend students check our course website frequently for updates on seat availability.

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

Cancelled

Winter 2021

Below are four offerings of this course for the Winter 2021 term.

CRN 17797

Wed Jan 06 - Wed Feb 24 8 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 06 - Feb 24 Mon 08:30 - 12:20 Online Delivery
See Notes below
Jan 06 - Feb 24 Fri 08:30 - 12:20 Online Delivery
See Notes below
Jan 06 - Feb 24 Wed 08:30 - 12:20 Online Delivery
See Notes below

Instructor

TBD

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim

Cost

$612.47

Notes

  1. All scheduled PELD classes will be temporarily online via Learning Hub (learn.bcit.ca) until further notice. Once BCIT deems it safe to return to face-to-face classes, our courses will resume their on-campus schedule, as posted on the PELD website. Your instructor will send you details via your BCIT email (my.bcit.ca) about your course approximately one week before the start date. Effective September 1, 2017, the tuition portion of this course is free for Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and protected person/Convention refugee status. Please note: ancillary fees such as Student Association fees, BCIT ID card fees, etc. will be charged and must be paid within two business days of registration. Please be sure to ask the Registrar's office of payment options and deadlines. You will be dropped from the course if ancillary fees are not paid within the deadline. In order to register for this course, you must either have (1) a CLB/LINC score of "6" in both reading AND writing OR (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 OR (4) completed ELSK 520 through VCC Pathway Program OR (5) have an IELTS score (academic format only) of 5.0 in BOTH reading and writing OR (6) completed ISEP level 4 with 50% or better in all four levels.. 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-served 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.. This course runs concurrently with the BFUN program. No class on February 15 due to statutory holiday.

A portion of seats are temporarily held for domestic students. International students: this may impact your ability to register. Learn why.

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CRN 15244

Sat Jan 09 - Sun Feb 21 6 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 09 - Feb 21 Sat/Sun 08:30 - 16:30 Online Delivery
See Notes below

Instructor

TBD

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim

Cost

$612.47

Notes

  1. All scheduled PELD classes will be temporarily online via Learning Hub (learn.bcit.ca) until further notice. Once BCIT deems it safe to return to face-to-face classes, our courses will resume their on-campus schedule, as posted on the PELD website. Your instructor will send you details via your BCIT email (my.bcit.ca) about your course approximately one week before the start date. Effective September 1, 2017, the tuition portion of this course is free for Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and protected person/Convention refugee status. Please note: ancillary fees such as Student Association fees, BCIT ID card fees, etc. will be charged and must be paid within two business days of registration. Please be sure to ask the Registrar's office of payment options and deadlines. You will be dropped from the course if ancillary fees are not paid within the deadline. In order to register for this course, you must either have (1) a CLB/LINC score of "6" in both reading AND writing OR (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 OR (4) completed ELSK 520 through VCC Pathway Program OR (5) have an IELTS score (academic format only) of 5.0 in BOTH reading and writing OR (6) completed ISEP level 4 with 50% or better in all four levels.. 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-served 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. No classes held on Feb 13 and 14 due to statutory holiday.

A portion of seats are temporarily held for domestic students. International students: this may impact your ability to register. Learn why.

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CRN 19210

Mon Mar 01 - Wed Apr 21 8 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Mar 01 - Apr 21 Wed 08:30 - 12:20 Online Delivery
See Notes below
Mar 01 - Apr 21 Mon 08:30 - 12:20 Online Delivery
See Notes below
Mar 01 - Apr 21 Fri 08:30 - 12:20 Online Delivery
See Notes below

Instructor

TBD

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim

Cost

$612.47

Notes

  1. All scheduled PELD classes will be temporarily online via Learning Hub (learn.bcit.ca) until further notice. Once BCIT deems it safe to return to face-to-face classes, our courses will resume their on-campus schedule, as posted on the PELD website. Your instructor will send you details via your BCIT email (my.bcit.ca) about your course approximately one week before the start date. Effective September 1, 2017, the tuition portion of this course is free for Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and protected person/Convention refugee status. Please note: ancillary fees such as Student Association fees, BCIT ID card fees, etc. will be charged and must be paid within two business days of registration. Please be sure to ask the Registrar's office of payment options and deadlines. You will be dropped from the course if ancillary fees are not paid within the deadline. In order to register for this course, you must either have (1) a CLB/LINC score of "6" in both reading AND writing OR (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 OR (4) completed ELSK 520 through VCC Pathway Program OR (5) have an IELTS score (academic format only) of 5.0 in BOTH reading and writing OR (6) completed ISEP level 4 with 50% or better in all four levels.. 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-served 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. This course runs concurrently with the BFUN program.

A portion of seats are temporarily held for domestic students. International students: this may impact your ability to register. Learn why.

}

This section is only available for registration starting Wed, Oct 28 at 9:00 am (PDT)

Sneak Preview

CRN 19209

Sat Mar 06 - Sun Apr 18 8 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Mar 06 - Apr 18 Sat/Sun 08:30 - 16:30 Online Delivery
See Notes below

Instructor

TBD

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim

Cost

$612.47

Notes

  1. All scheduled PELD classes will be temporarily online via Learning Hub (learn.bcit.ca) until further notice. Once BCIT deems it safe to return to face-to-face classes, our courses will resume their on-campus schedule, as posted on the PELD website. Your instructor will send you details via your BCIT email (my.bcit.ca) about your course approximately one week before the start date. Effective September 1, 2017, the tuition portion of this course is free for Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and protected person/Convention refugee status. Please note: ancillary fees such as Student Association fees, BCIT ID card fees, etc. will be charged and must be paid within two business days of registration. Please be sure to ask the Registrar's office of payment options and deadlines. You will be dropped from the course if ancillary fees are not paid within the deadline. In order to register for this course, you must either have (1) a CLB/LINC score of "6" in both reading AND writing OR (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 OR (4) completed ELSK 520 through VCC Pathway Program OR (5) have an IELTS score (academic format only) of 5.0 in BOTH reading and writing OR (6) completed ISEP level 4 with 50% or better in all four levels.. 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-served 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. No classes on April 03 and 04 due to statutory holiday.

A portion of seats are temporarily held for domestic students. International students: this may impact your ability to register. Learn why.

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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

Effective as of Fall 2003

Related Programs

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

School of Business + Media

  1. Business Fundamentals
    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 2020

Books for Fall 2020 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.

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Cei Digital: Understanding & Using English Grammar, 5Th Ed W Etext/Audio + Mylab
Author Azar
Publisher Ph
Copyright 2018
Binding Digital Version
ISBN 978-0-13427-524-6
Price $62.50
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Cei Digital: Comm 003 Writing, Speaking, Listening & Reading (Aug 2016)
Author Comm
Copyright 2016
Binding Digital Version
Price $11.95
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Comm 0003: Writing, Speaking, Listening & Reading Skills (Aug 2016)
Author Comm
Binding Paperback
Price $15.50
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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.

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Cei Digital: Understanding & Using English Grammar, 5Th Ed W Etext/Audio + Mylab
Author Azar
Publisher Ph
Copyright 2018
Binding Digital Version
ISBN 978-0-13427-524-6
Price $62.50
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Cei Digital: Comm 003 Writing, Speaking, Listening & Reading (Aug 2016)
Author Comm
Copyright 2016
Binding Digital Version
Price $11.95
Choose One

Comm 0003: Writing, Speaking, Listening & Reading Skills (Aug 2016)
Author Comm
Binding Paperback
Price $15.50
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Winter 2021

No information on books is currently available for Winter 2021 offerings of this course.

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