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COMM 0003 - Technical Communication Skills for EAL Students 2

Communication Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

BCIT is planning for a substantial return to on-campus activity for the fall 2021 term as informed by BC Public Health Officer guidelines. Refer to each course listing for details.

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 completed ONE of the following: (1) COMM 0015 (placement at the COMM 0003 level) within the past 12 months OR (2) CLB/LINC or CELPIP 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 24 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 (if taken before January 2021) OR (5) TAE 3 with 50% (if taken after January 2021) OR (6) TOEFL overall score of 35 or better within the last 24 months.

Credits

0.0

Cost

$614.19 - $625.62 See individual course offerings below for actual costs.

Fall 2021

Below are two offerings of this course for the Fall 2021 term.

CRN 31159

Mon Nov 01 - Fri Dec 17 8 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Nov 01 - Dec 17 Mon 08:30 - 12:20 BBY NE23 Rm. 102
Nov 01 - Dec 17 Wed 08:30 - 12:20 BBY NE01 Rm. 201
Nov 01 - Dec 17 Fri 08:30 - 12:20 BBY NE23 Rm. 102
Dec 03 - Dec 10 Fri 08:30 - 12:20 BBY NE01 Rm. 201

Instructor

Judit Gyenes

Course Outline

Cost

$625.62

Notes

  1. This is an in-class course. Students are required to attend all classes on campus every Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 8:30am to 12:30pm. The tuition portion of this course is free for Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or people with protected/Convention refugee status; however, all students will still need to pay the ancillary fee, which includes things like student activity fee, student ID card, etc. BCIT must receive this payment within two business days from the time you register. You will be dropped from the course if you do not make payment before the deadline. Course registrations work on a first-come-first-serve basis only. We do not guarantee or reserve seats for students with no exceptions. There is no waitlist for this course so please check the website for updates regularly if it is full.
  2. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.

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

In Progress

CRN 48166

Sat Nov 06 - Sun Dec 12 6 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Nov 06 - Dec 12 Sat 08:30 - 16:30 DTC DTC Rm. 476
Nov 06 - Dec 12 Sun 08:30 - 16:30 Online

Instructor

Rapti Dietrich

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim

Cost

$614.19

Notes

  1. ** IMPORTANT NOTICE: Classes will be held in class at the downtown campus on Saturdays, but ONLINE on Sundays with an instructor present. Class hours are from 8:30 am to 4:30pm on both days. Attendance is mandatory for both in-class and online classes. ** The tuition portion of this course is free for Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or people with protected/Convention refugee status; however, all students will still need to pay the ancillary fee, which includes things like student activity fee, student ID card, etc. BCIT must receive this payment within two business days from the time you register. You will be dropped from the course if you do not make payment before the deadline. Course registrations work on a first-come-first-serve basis only. We do not guarantee or reserve seats for students with no exceptions. There is no waitlist for this course so please check the website for updates regularly if it is full. Attendance is mandatory for all classes.
  2. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.

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

In Progress

Winter 2022

Below are four offerings of this course for the Winter 2022 term.

CRN 17797

Wed Jan 05 - Wed 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 Wed 08:30 - 12:20 BBY NE01 Rm. 201
Jan 05 - Feb 23 Fri 08:30 - 12:20 BBY NE23 Rm. 101

Instructor

TBD

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim

Cost

$625.62

Notes

  1. 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. 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 21 due to statutory holiday.
  2. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.

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

Registration Options

CRN 15244

Sat Jan 08 - Sun Feb 13 6 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 08 - Feb 13 Sat 08:30 - 16:30 DTC DTC Rm. 685
Jan 08 - Feb 13 Sun 08:30 - 16:30 Online

Instructor

TBD

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim

Cost

$614.19

Notes

  1. ** IMPORTANT NOTICE: Classes will be held in class at the downtown campus on Saturdays, but ONLINE on Sundays with an instructor present. Class hours are from 8:30 am to 4:30pm on both days. Attendance is mandatory for both in-class and online classes. ** 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.
  2. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.

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

Registration Options

CRN 19210

Fri Feb 25 - Wed Apr 13 8 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Feb 25 - Apr 13 Mon 08:30 - 12:20 BBY NE23 Rm. 101
Feb 25 - Apr 13 Wed 08:30 - 12:20 BBY NE01 Rm. 201
Feb 25 - Apr 13 Fri 08:30 - 12:20 BBY NE23 Rm. 101

Instructor

TBD

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim

Cost

$625.62

Notes

  1. 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. 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.
  2. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.

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

Registration Options

CRN 19209

Sat Mar 05 - Sun Apr 10 6 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Mar 05 - Apr 10 Sat 08:30 - 16:30 DTC DTC Rm. 685
Mar 05 - Apr 10 Sun 08:30 - 16:30 Online

Instructor

TBD

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim

Cost

$614.19

Notes

  1. ** IMPORTANT NOTICE: Classes will be held in class at the downtown campus on Saturdays, but ONLINE on Sundays with an instructor present. Class hours are from 8:30 am to 4:30pm on both days. Attendance is mandatory for both in-class and online classes. ** 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. 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.
  2. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.

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

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

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