- January 07, 2019
- May 02, 2019
- In Class
Adult Basic Education: in-class learning
Here's what you can expect from Adult Basic Education if you're learning in class:
- Improve your reading, writing, math, and computer skills
- Face-to-face instructor-paced courses offered in a traditional classroom setting
- Classes offered every day Monday to Friday for 75 minutes per course, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
- Free tutors
Adult Basic Education: self-paced learning
Here's what you can expect from Adult Basic Education if you're learning at your own pace:
- Individualized student-centered support from instructors
- Independent pace of learning
- Access to computers and technology
- Orientation and course outlines with test and assignment due dates
- The possibility of completing courses more quickly or even taking two courses for the price of one
Hours for Spring/Summer term:
Monday and Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Hours for Fall and Winter terms:
Monday and Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
(Note: Alberta Works funding may be available to eligible students)
- Applicants are expected to obtain a minimum score on the Bow Valley College Admission/Placement Test
- Where possible, applicants may provide an official transcript or statement of marks
"When I first came back to school for upgrading at Bow Valley College, I was petrified. But as times went on, I got to know the teachers and the learner support people. Their doors are always open, no matter how busy they are, they always take the time to answer my questions."
Student, Academic Upgrading 2018
Courses in Program
Adult Basic Education credit
This course is designed to support learners in identifying themselves within an academic and/or workplace learning environment. Learners will create a portfolio as a way to showcase their learning throughout the course. As well, learners will work with their instructor in creating course work that meets their individual learning profiles. Learners will achieve outcomes through a variety of pathways including but not limited to: Literacy, numeracy, and digital
This course teaches students basic level reading skills. Students will increase reading comprehension and word identification skills, study and apply reading strategies, read and understand fiction such as short stories and novels as well as non-fiction texts, and relate narrative texts to personal experiences. This course prepares students for Reading 3.
This course builds on basic reading and comprehension skills. Students will compare texts, study literary conventions and terms, and build vocabulary. Students read fiction including short stories and novels, as well as non-fiction texts. This course prepares students for Reading 4.
Prerequisites: D in READ0102 and D in WRIT0102
In this course students will continue to develop reading comprehension skills and strategies. Students will compare and contrast texts, develop vocabulary, and critically analyze information. Students will read a variety of texts including poetry, short stories, novels, and non-fiction. This course prepares students for Reading 5.
Prerequisites: D in READ0103 and D in WRIT0103
In this course students critically analyze plot and characters, compare and contrast texts, as well as recognize and discuss an author's viewpoint. Students will read and respond to a variety of materials including media, novels, short stories and non-fiction. This course prepares students for English Language Arts 10-1 and 10-2.
This course teaches students basic level writing skills. Students will learn to well-constructed sentences and paragraphs using proper spelling and grammar and will edit and revise their writing. This course prepares students for Writing 3.
This course builds on basic writing skills. Students will write sentences and paragraphs, as well as workplace materials. Students will incorporate proper spelling and grammar, as well as compose writing using email and word processors. This course prepares students for Writing 4.
Prerequisites: D in READ0102 and D in WRIT0102
This course continues to build on and increase students' writing skills. Students will write narrative and expository paragraphs incorporating proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation. This course prepares students for Writing 5.
In this course students continue to develop their writing skills to write clear, concise, and correct descriptive, narrative, and expository paragraphs. Students will also research, plan, and write an expository essay. This course prepares students for English Language Arts 10-1 and 10-2.
Language Arts 5 is a literacy course that continues to prepare students to read and write in academic and real-world contexts. Learners are exposed to a variety of texts such as non-fiction, short stories, multimedia, and audio/visual presentations in order to build comprehension strategies. Learners engage with texts through skill-building tasks. Learners will develop strategies of organization, problem-solving, and critical thinking. This course prepares learners for English Language Arts 10-1/-2.
Prerequisite: D in ENGL0704
This course teaches students basic level math skills. Students will learn addition, multiplication, and fractions. Students also work with word problems. This course prepares students for Basic Math 2.
This course teaches students basic math skills. Students develop skills in basic operations, and learn rounding, graphs, fractions, decimals, ratio and proportion, and percent. This course prepares students for Basic Math 3.
Prerequisites: C- in MATH0701, D in READ0102, D in WRIT0102
This course teaches students basic math skills. Students develop skills in ratio and proportion, percent, measurement, and geometry. This course prepares students for Prep Math 10, GED Math, and Math 10-3.
Prerequisites: C- in MATH0702, D in READ0103, D in WRIT0103
This course develops students' math skills. Students study number concepts, patterns and relations, variables and equations, measurement, geometry, and statistics. This course prepares students for Math 10C.
Prerequisites: C- in MATH0703 and D in ENGL0704
This is a foundational level science course for students with some formal science education at an elementary level. Students will be introduced to science concepts and vocabulary related to life and physical sciences such as light, mechanical and electrical systems, the cell, genetics, and chemistry. This course prepares students for Science 10.
Prerequisites: D in MATH0703 and D in ENGL0704
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