English Language and Writing Skills (ENGL) 146

Reading for Academic Purposes (Revision 4)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 0

Area of Study: No area of study

Prerequisite: None. (TOEFL 450 level or equivalent recommended)*

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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**Note:* If you are unsure of your English language level, please take the English Language Assessment test.


This course takes an analytical approach to the skill of reading. The main focus is on the accurate comprehension of written materials. We begin with basic word and sentence structures then gradually build the skills necessary for reading paragraphs and longer articles as we work through the modules of the Study Guide. Short readings help you to practice improving your reading speed as you progress through the course. While each module of the Study Guide focuses on a specific reading objective, you will also practice general skills within the modules, such as dictionary usage and general comprehension. While this course is written for learners of English as another language, the review of reading basics will also be helpful for anyone who needs to improve their comprehension skills and speed.


  • Module I: Vocabulary from Context
  • Module II: Skimming and Scanning
  • Module III: Stems and Affixes
  • Module IV: Sentence Study
  • Module V: Paragraph Reading and Analysis
  • Module VI: Prediction
  • Module VII: Careful Reading/Drawing Inferences
  • Module VIII: Identifying Opinion


To receive credit for ENGL 146, 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:

Module Assignments (1–8)
(10% each)
Final Exam Total
80% 20% 100%

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 that can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Baudoin, E. Margaret, Ellen S. Bober, Mark A. Clarke, Barbara K. Dobson and Sandra Silberstein. Reader’s Choice, Int’l. ed. Books 1 and 2. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1993.

Merivale, Jane. Reading Matters, A Selection of Canadian Writing. Scarborough: Prentice Hall Canada, 1998.

Other materials

All other materials are 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 4, February 10, 2012

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Updated May 11 2016 by SAS