First-year English courses are designed to help students improve their writing and reading-comprehension skills, and to help them become culturally aware of the world around us. Successful completion of first-year English at Langara will provide students with practical communication and critical thinking skills which will give them the tools to succeed in their non-English courses, in the workplace, and in everyday life. Follow the links for more information about each course.

For information about transfer credit and articulation of these courses, please visit the BC Transfer Guide.


ENGL 1100
Reading and Writing About Literature

This course is a writing-intensive introduction to the disciplines of literary studies. Students will examine three or four literary texts in their critical and scholarly contexts from the perspectives of at least three sub-disciplines of literary studies, such as postcolonial theory, Marxism, gender studies, psychoanalytic criticism, disability studies, etc. This course is typically required for students wishing to transfer to UBC Arts.


ENGL 1127
Essay Writing and Short Prose Selections

This course emphasizes the principles of composition through the study and writing of various kinds of essays, including the research essay. As a secondary aim, it encourages an appreciation of modern literature through a study of the short story.


ENGL 1128
Short Prose Selections and Composition

This course is a version of ENGL 1127 designed for advanced students. Like 1127, it introduces students to the principles of composition through the study of various kinds of essays, including the research essay. It also emphasizes an appreciation of modern prose writing through the study of both short stories and essays. Because this course is designed for students with superior writing skills, more intensive reading will be required.


ENGL 1129
Modern Novel, Poetry, and Drama

This course introduces students to the modern novel, to a selection of poems, mainly from the twentieth century, and to a sampling of modern drama.


ENGL 1130
Modern Novel, Poetry, and Film

This course introduces students to the modern novel, to a selection of poems, mainly from the twentieth century, and to the dramatic elements and narrative techniques of modern film. Students may be required to attend a feature film series.


ENGL 1181
History of Drama and Theatre I

This course is a study of drama and theatre history of the primitive, Greek, Roman, Medieval, and early modern periods.


ENGL 1191
History of Drama and Theatre II

This course is a study of drama and theatre history of the Restoration and the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. (This course is usually preceded by ENGL 1181, but it can be taken either before or along with ENGL 1181.)


ENGL 1125
Introduction to Linguistics: Contemporary

This course introduces students to various descriptions of language, with special attention to recent models. It covers the nature and acquisition of language and how to analyze its sounds, words, and sentences.


ENGL 1135
Introduction to Linguistics: Historical

This course introduces students to the history and development of the English language from its origins in the Indo-European family through Anglo-Saxon and Middle English to its present day form. It studies the changes that have taken place in sounds, spelling, and ordering, as well as the ways in which English has enriched its vocabulary.