English for Academic Purposes (Revision 6)
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The English Language Studies Assessment test is designed to help students understand their strengths and weaknesses in English and guide them to the most appropriate course(s).
Area of Study: No area of study
ENGL 177 is not available for challenge.
This course provides an introduction to university studies for students who wish to attend a post-secondary institution where English is the medium of instruction. The aim of this course is to prepare students to succeed in complex academic tasks in writing and reading. This is a general academic preparatory course designed from an ESL perspective. However, it is also appropriate for native speakers of English who are in need of general academic and writing preparation.
Module 1: Starting the Formal Academic Writing Process
- Lesson 1: Structure and Language
- Lesson 2: Reading
- Lesson 3: Writing—Understanding the Paragraph
Module 2: History—The Settlement of Canada
- Lesson 4: Structure and Language
- Lesson 5: Reading
- Lesson 6A: Writing—Process Development
- Lesson 6B: Writing—Comparison-Contrast Development
Module 3: Geography and Land Use
- Lesson 7: Structure and Language
- Lesson 8: Reading
- Lesson 9A: Writing—Summarizing
- Lesson 9B: Writing—Classification and Division
Module 4: Environmental Science
- Lesson 10: Structure and Language
- Lesson 11: Reading
- Lesson 12A: Writing—Cause and Effect
- Lesson 12B: Writing—Argumentation and Persuasion
- Lesson 12C: Writing—The Short Essay
Module 5: Romanticism in Literature
- Lesson 13: Structure and Language
- Lesson 14: Reading
- Lesson 15A: Writing—Definition Development
- Lesson 15B: Writing—The Longer Essay
Module 6: Earth Science
- Lesson 16: Structure and Language
- Lesson 17: Reading
- Lesson 18: Writing—The Research Essay
To receive credit you must complete all of the assignments, achieve a minimum grade of 50 percent on the final examination, and a composite course grade of at least "C-" (60 percent). The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:
|Two paragraph writing assignments||10% each|
|Short Essay Assignment||10%|
|Long Essay Assignment||10%|
|Research Essay Assignment||15%|
The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Gaetz, Lynne, Suneeti Phadke and Rhonda Sandberg. The Canadian Writer’s World: Paragraphs and Essays. Toronto: Pearson Canada, 2011.
A print version of the eText can sometimes be purchased from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.
All learning resources will be available online.
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 6, December 3, 2014.
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Updated January 11 2018 by Student & Academic Services