All undergraduate (UG) students are required to complete 12 credits of English so that you are equipped with adequate English for successful completion of your studies. Six of those credits are for the Common Core E-Comm courses, and the other six credits are for Program Required Courses.

If you have questions about your English courses, contact an advisor.

Credit Transfer During Study (for courses other than the Common Core English Communication Courses)

 

Program Required Courses
  • ECON 3700
    Writing as an Economist
  • LABU 2051
    Business Case Analyses I
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 1403, LANG 1404, or LANG 1003 (prior to 2022-23)
    Exclusion(s) LABU 2050 (prior to 2017-18)

    For students who have this course as a program requirement. This course lays the foundation for students to engage in business case analyses by developing their critical reading and thinking skills, as well as their ability to present case analysis findings and recommendations in spoken and written forms.

  • LABU 2052
    Business Case Analyses II
    Prerequisite(s) LABU 2051
    Exclusion(s) LABU 2050 (prior to 2017-18)

    Intended Learning Outcomes

    For students who have this course as a program requirement. This course builds on the foundation built in LABU 2051 and further develops students' ability to comprehend and analyze business cases, and eventually to present findings and recommendations clearly and persuasively.

  • LANG 2010
    English for Science I
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 1403 OR LANG 1404

    An English course for students of the School of Science. The course introduces students to the language and discourse of science and develops their competence in speaking and writing about scientific topics.

  • LANG 2030
    Technical Communication I
    Prerequisite(s) CORE 1403 OR CORE 1404 OR LANG 1003 (prior to 2022-23)

    The course provides students with a broad introduction to English within the discipline of engineering. A central aim of the course is to encourage students to analyze critically the wider social implications of engineering products and processes, through the careful examination of texts (and other media) beyond their own specific engineering field and to communicate effectively by delivering oral presentations and writing reports on topics relevant to all engineers.

  • LANG 2061
    Professional Writing for the Workplace
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 1403 or LANG 1404
    Exclusion(s) N/A

    LANG 2061 is a three-credit, one semester course offered in Fall and Spring semesters.  Students attend two 1.5 hour-lessons per week. The course offers students the language and communication skills and strategies to adapt their writing to any professional contexts. It increases student awareness of how writing creates change and convinces one to take action, and how audiences, contexts and genre call for different choices in language, organization, format and style. As students explore and analyze business genres, they learn how to shape and adapt their language skills, strategies and communication practices to meet the needs of various internal and external audiences including co-workers, supervisors, management and customers. The course also develops in students the ability to communicate in digital contexts by analyzing and producing texts including on email and social media. Students will develop a repertoire of language and communication skills and strategies and will write for various workplace needs.

     

    Intended Learning Outcomes

    Students can:

    a) Develop and apply knowledge of a language and genre approach to identify and compare communicative and linguistic features, skills and strategies of a range of professional written genres in achieving business objectives.

    b) Critically analyse and develop awareness of rhetorical context, purposes and audience (internal and external) needs and expectations to create effective communication skills and strategies in professional writing.

    c) Evaluate and apply digital media communication principles and strategies in various professional contexts.

    d) Organize texts logically and coherently to communicate information and ideas in professional writing.

    e) Compose persuasive professional writings effectively to address specific purposes, audience, contexts.

    f) Develop awareness of writing as a social process including giving, receiving and responding to feedback, and practicing teamwork and leadership

    g) Demonstrate control of syntax, mechanics and style in writing for professional purposes.

    h) Reflect on communication skills, strategies and methods in professional writing.

     

  • LANG 2062
    Professional Speaking for the Workplace
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 1403 or LANG 1404

    Exclusion(s) N/A

    LANG 2062 is a three-credit, one semester course offered in Fall and Spring semesters.  Students attend two 1.5 hour-lessons per week. This course equips students with the language and communication skills and strategies to speak and present professionally in internal and external business settings. It increases student awareness of how speaking and presenting creates change and convinces one to take action. As students explore and analyze spoken genres using language and communication theories, they learn how to shape and adapt their language skills, strategies and communication practices to influence various internal and external audiences including customers, co-workers and supervisors. Students will also develop ways to express themselves in multimodal settings. The course develops in students particularly with soft skills to handle sensitive business situations and incidents including a crisis, and how to communicate interculturally in diverse settings. Students will develop a repertoire of language and communication skills and strategies to meet various workplace needs.

    Intended Learning Outcomes

    Students can:

    a) Analyse a variety of internal and external audience’s needs and expectations and formulate effective communication strategies to address specific purposes and contexts.

    b) Analyse and assess critically spoken business discourses, contexts, and communicative and linguistic features, using a language-based approach.

    c) Articulate ideas clearly and concisely using appropriate verbal and non-verbal communication.

    d) Communicate and present evidence-based arguments, and apply different communication theories and techniques to engage with and persuade the stakeholders.

    e) Enhance presentation skills and convey meaning through multimedia that combines modalities (through a combination of modes of communication).

    f) Develop cultural sensitivity and use language of diversity and inclusion to conduct effective cross-cultural business communication.

    g) Lead and work as a team, and manage work independently.

    h) Reflect on language and communicative skills and approaches learnt.

  • LANG 2070
    English Communication for Humanities and Social Science Studies I
    Prerequisite(s) CORE 1403 OR CORE 1404 OR LANG 1003 (prior to 2022-23)

    Restricted to students in programs offered by the School of Humanities and Social Science. The course is an integrated skills course with a special emphasis on critical reading and thinking. It develops students' ability to understand the nuances of English vocabulary and to assimilate information from different sources for analysis and commentary. The course also hones students' skills in giving effective academic presentations.

  • LANG 2082
    Communication for Environmental Management and Technology I
    Prerequisite(s) CORE 1403 OR CORE 1404 OR LANG 1003 (prior to 2022-23)

    This course aims to develop students’ competence in discipline-related English, specifically communicating topics in the field of Environmental Management and Technology to the general public. Throughout the course, environmental issues will be examined, and students will learn the necessary skills to be applied in weekly communicative tasks and individual spoken and written assessments. For EVMT students only.

  • LANG 2083
    Communication for Environmental Management and Technology II
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 2082

    This course aims to develop students’ competence in discipline-related English, specifically communicating topics in the field of Environmental Management and Technology to a business audience. Throughout the course, the importance of communication and persuasion will be examined, and students will learn the necessary skills to be applied in weekly communicative tasks, and individual and group assessments. For EVMT students only.

  • LANG 3021
    Science Communication in English (Mathematics)
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 2010 OR LANG 2030 (for DSCT students only)

    The course focuses on developing students' ability to communicate mathematical knowledge to the general public through effective writing and speaking skills. In writing, students learn the specific skills to produce genres of both expository and persuasive nature, and reflect on how to explain mathematics concepts in an accessible manner without losing the scientific complexity. In speaking, students learn how to communicate mathematics notions and implications to nonexpert audiences using short videos and oral presentations with appropriate rhetorical and stylistic devices. For MATH and DSCT students only.

  • LANG 3022
    Science Communication in English (Chemistry)
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 2010

    The course focuses on developing students' ability to communicate chemistry knowledge to the general public through effective writing and speaking skills. In writing, students learn the specific skills to write genres of both expository and persuasive nature, and reflect on how to explain chemistry concepts in an accessible manner without losing the scientific complexity. In speaking, students learn how to communicate chemistry notions and implications to nonexpert audiences using short videos and oral presentations with appropriate rhetorical and stylistic devices. For CHEM students only.

  • LANG 3023
    Science Communication in English (Physics)
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 2010

    The course focuses on developing students' ability to communicate physics knowledge to the general public through effective writing and speaking skills. In writing, students learn the specific skills to produce genres of both expository and persuasive nature, and reflect on how to explain physics concepts in an accessible manner without losing the scientific complexity. In speaking, students learn how to communicate physics notions and implications to nonexpert audiences using short videos and oral presentations with appropriate rhetorical and stylistic devices. For PHYS students only.

  • LANG 3024
    Science Communication in English (Life Science)
    Prerequisite(s) (For DDP only) CORE 1403 OR CORE 1404 OR LANG 1003 (prior to 2022-23); (For all others) LANG 2010

    The course focuses on developing students' ability to communicate life science knowledge to the general public through effective writing and speaking skills. In writing, students learn the specific skills to produce genres of both expository and persuasive nature and reflect on how to argue for their own stance of a controversial issue in an accessible manner without losing the scientific complexity. In speaking, students learn how to communicate life science notions and implications to nonexpert audiences using oral presentations with appropriate rhetorical and stylistic devices. For BCB, BISC and BIOT students only.

  • LANG 3025
    Science Communication in English (Ocean Science)
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 2010

    The course focuses on developing students' ability to communicate ocean science knowledge to the general public through effective writing and speaking skills. In writing, students learn the specific skills to produce genres of both narrative and persuasive nature, and reflect on how to explain ocean science concepts in an accessible manner without losing the scientific complexity. In speaking, students learn how to communicate ocean science notions and implications to lay audiences using short videos and oral presentations with appropriate rhetorical and stylistic devices. This course is for students on programs offered by the Department of Ocean Science.

  • LANG 3027
    Science Communication in English for Research Students
    Prerequisite(s) To enroll in LANG3027in Fall Semester 2023, students must have completed LANG 2010 or LANG 2010(H). The course is a co-requisite to SCIE3900, and open to all IRE science students and department-selected science students (with consent from SSCI and CLE).

    LANG3027 offers undergraduate science students the valuable opportunity to enhance their skills in writing research project reports, abstracts, and other related genres. By focusing on research writing skills, referencing and editing techniques, this course aims to empower science research students to produce professional and polished research project reports. Engaging with authentic texts, students will receive guidance on writing different sections of a scientific research paper, while also exploring the research writing conventions specific to their individual science disciplines.

  • LANG 3060
    Advanced Academic Writing
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 1403 or LANG 1404
    Exclusion(s) N/A

    LANG 3060 is a three-credit, one semester course offered in Fall and Spring semesters.  Students attend two 1.5 hour-lessons per week. This course offers students advanced strategies and practice in writing texts in their academic disciplines. It increases student awareness of how disciplinary conventions, genre and rhetorical situations call for different choices in language, organization, format, citation and style. As students explore and analyze academic disciplinary genres and their research and writing process, they learn how to use advanced language skills and strategies including developing stances, defining, explaining, reporting, analyzing, synthesizing and organizing and how to repurpose academic content to communicate ideas effectively. The course also develops in students the view of writing as a social process as they work with a community of writers who share ideas, give feedback and support. It creates writers who are engaged to demonstrate their writing in various ways including a small-scale research project. The course threads competencies in communication, problem-solving and personal development including lifelong learning and awareness to help students develop transferable skills to become effective writers in their academic disciplines.

    Intended Learning Outcomes

    Students can:

    a) Develop and apply knowledge of rhetoric, genre and disciplinary conventions to write texts appropriate to the discipline.

    b) Critically analyze, synthesize and integrate sources using advanced citation practices in the discipline.

    c) Organize texts logically and coherently to communicate information and ideas suited to disciplinary-specific conventions.

    d) Analyze and apply advanced skills and strategies in writing including stance development, definition, explanation, reporting, analysis and synthesis.

    e) Develop awareness of writing as a social process through planning, research, drafting, revising, editing and responding to feedback and collaborating with others.

    f) Adapt academic texts for the public.

    g) Demonstrate control of syntax, mechanics and style in writing.

    h) Apply reflective strategies to synthesize, communicate and create knowledge in writing.

  • LANG 3070
    English Communication for Humanities and Social Science Studies II
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 2070

    Restricted to students on programs offered by the School of Humanities and Social Science. The course builds on the critical reading and thinking skills students have developed, and prepares them for writing up long documents such as project reports and dissertations, with special attention paid to the demands on students from various Humanities and Social Science disciplines.

  • LANG 3081
    Communication for Environmental Management and Technology III
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 2083

    LANG 3081 is a two-credit, one-semester course for students in the BSc in Environmental Management and Technology (EVMT) program. It focuses on preparing students for their Final Year Capstone Project report writing and presentations. The course is offered during the Spring terms only. 

  • LANG 4030
    Technical Communication II for CSE, CPEG & DSCT
    Prerequisite(s) (For DDP only) CORE/LANG 1403 OR CORE/LANG 1404 OR LANG 1003 (prior to 2022-23); (For DSCT only) LANG 2010 OR LANG 2030; (For all others) LANG 2030
    Corequisite(s) (For COMP and DSCT) COMP 4910 OR COMP 4981 OR COMP 4981H ; (For CPEG) CPEG 4901 OR CPEG 4902 OR CPEG 4910; (For COSC) Nil

    A one-term, major-specific language course for CSE students, and for CPEG and DSCT students undertaking a CSE Final Year Project or Final Year Thesis. The course focuses on report writing and presentations, and communication in professional contexts relevant to the disciplines.

  • LANG 4031
    Technical Communication II for ECE & CPEG
    Prerequisite(s) (For DDP only) LANG 1403 OR LANG 1404 OR LANG 1003 (Prior to 2022-23); (For all others) LANG 2030
    Corequisite(s) ELEC 4900 OR ELEC 4901 OR ELEC 4910 OR CPEG 4910 OR CPEG 4911 OR CPEG 4912

    A one-term, major-specific language course for all ECE students and for all CPEG students undertaking an ECE Final Year Project. The course focuses on Final Year Project report writing and presentations and communication in professional contexts relevant to ECE and CPEG.

  • LANG 4032
    Technical Communication II for IEDA and ISDN
    Prerequisite(s) (For DDP only) CORE 1403 OR CORE 1404 OR LANG 1003 (prior to 2022-23); (For all others) LANG 2030

    A one-term, major-specific language course for students in IEDA and ISDN. The course focuses on Final Year Project report writing and presentations and appropriate communication strategies and language use in professional contexts relevant to the disciplines. For IEDA and ISDN students in their third or fourth year of study only.

  • LANG 4033
    Technical Communication II for Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Prerequisite(s) (For DDP only) CORE 1403 OR CORE 1404 OR LANG 1003 (Prior to 2022-23); (For all others) LANG 2030

    A one-term, major-specific language course for all students of the CIVL Department undertaking the Final Year Project and Capstone Project. The course focuses on Final Year Project report writing and presentations, and communication in professional contexts relevant to the CIVL Capstone Project. For CIVL and CIEV students in their third or fourth year of study only.

  • LANG 4034
    Technical Communication II for Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    Prerequisite(s) (For DDP only) CORE 1403 OR CORE 1404 OR LANG 1003 (Prior to 2022-23); (For all others) LANG 2030
    Corequisite(s) MECH 3690 OR MECH 3830

    A one-term, major-specific course for all Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering students. The course focuses on academic speaking and writing skills for laboratory report writing and the Final Year Design Project. For MAE students only.

  • LANG 4035
    Technical Communication II for Chemical and Biological Engineering
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 2030/H OR LANG 1003 (for DDP only) OR LANG 1403 (for DDP only) OR LANG 1404 (for DDP only)

    A one-term, major-specific course for all students in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. The course focuses on Final Year Project report writing and presentations, and communication in professional contexts relevant to chemical and biological engineering. For CBE students in their third or fourth year of study only.

  • LANG 4070
    Academic Writing in Context - Global China Studies
    Corequisite(s) SHSS 4991 OR SHSS 4992

    This is a course with a special delivery mode -- a combination of input sessions plus highly individualized assistance provided for students to address their specific writing needs, dictated by students' choices of topics in particular areas of Global China Studies. For GCS students only.