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To complete this course successfully, you will need each of the items listed below. These items should have been sent to you in the course package for English 353. If you find that you are missing any of them, please contact the Course Materials division of Athabasca University as soon as possible. If you live in Edmonton or Calgary, you may call the Learning Centre in your city and use the automated telephone attendant to connect with Course Materials (extension 6366). If you live within Canada or the United States, but outside of Edmonton or Calgary, you may call the automated attendant by dialing 1-800-788-9041 (extension 6366). If you live outside of Canada or the United States or if you do not wish to use the automated system, you may call (780) 675-6366. You may write in care of Course Materials, Tim Byrne Centre, 4001 Hwy 2 South, Athabasca AB T9S 1A4. The email address for Course Materials is cmat@athabascau.ca.


Lannon, John M., and David B. Parsons. The Writing Process: A Concise Rhetoric. Canadian ed. Toronto: Pearson Longman, 2004.

Roberts, Tammy et al., eds. The Broadview Anthology of Expository Prose. Peterborough, ON: Broadview, 2002.

Williams, Joseph M., and Ira B. Nadel. Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace. Canadian ed. Toronto: Longman, 2005.

Athabasca University Materials

English 353: Intermediate Composition Student Manual. Athabasca, AB: Athabasca University, 2006.

The Student Manual is designed to direct you through English 353. Pay particular attention to the commentary on each type of essay and to the study schedule, which indicates what you should be working on each week and when you should submit assignments. The Student Manual also contains the instructions for your assignments and general Athabasca University student information. Be sure to look at the section in each unit called “For Further Consideration.” This section offers information or perspectives to reflect upon after you have read the assigned texts. The Student Manual does not provide answers to the discussion questions, but you may want to talk about them with your tutor or with your colleagues on the course discussion board.

Athabasca University Forms. The forms you need to submit the essay assignments or notify the University of a change in your status as a student are contained the the course materials package.

Note: The Centre for Language and Literature has a home page which includes resources for essay writing at Centre for Language & Literature.

Supplementary Materials List

Baker, Sheridan, and Lawrence B. Gamache. The Canadian Practical Stylist with Readings. 4th ed. Don Mills, ON: Addison-Wesley, 1998.

  • The Canadian Practical Stylist used to be the textbook for this course. Though old-fashioned in some respects, its forthright approach and dense content still makes it a good resource for writing students.

Blumenthal, Joseph C. English 3200 with Writing Applications: A Programmed Course in Grammar and Usage. 4th college ed. Boston: Heinle and Heinle, 1994.

  • This text facilitates intensive self-study on grammar and syntax on a principle it calls “errorless learning.” It uses short exercises that force the reader to focus repetitively on a narrow aspect of grammar so that the reader quickly learns to respond automatically with the correct answer.

Bryson, Bill. Bryson’s Dictionary of Troublesome Words. 1st Broadway ed. New York, Broadway, 2002.

  • This book pinpoints words that many people use incorrectly or confuse with other words. If diction is a weakness in your writing, this book may help you.

Kolln, Martha J., and Robert W. Funk. Understanding English Grammar. 7th ed. New York: Longman, 2005.