This is an English Upgrading course for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students at the Lower Advanced Level. Students will be able to use and develop the reading, writing, vocabulary and grammar skills taught at the Upper Intermediate Level. Through the study of themes, students develop language for educational goals and functional use in the community. Students will be able to read and answer comprehension questions on longer, more complex high interest stories from Penguin Readers, short stories readers, and modified current affair articles. Students will be able to identify and analyze elements of a story, express personal opinions, make inferences about a story, be able to predict what will happen and be able to identify different genres of texts. Vocabulary will be developed through current affairs, idiom exercises, more complex short stories and readers. Students will demonstrate the use of unity of thought, cohesion, transitions and conclusion in their writing of expository, factual, narrative and descriptive paragraphs. Students will further develop computer skills/literacy by using email and a word program to write personal and business letters. Students will be able to use numerical information in order to complete more complex forms, interpret and classify more complex visual data, and read more complex graphs. Using more formal presentation skills, students will prepare and do a timed presentation for the class on a set topic, using written (10-12 sentences) and visual material. They will also answer four audience questions based on their presentation.
Course code: DHHE 0660F
Length: 20 hours
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† This information is intended as a guideline only. Program and course details are subject to change with the approval of VCC's Board of Governors.