English (ENGL) 149

Advanced Speaking and Listening Skills (Revision 2)

ENGL 149 Course cover

Permanently closed, effective April 3, 2013.

Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 0

Area of Study: No area of study

Prerequisite: None

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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ENGL 149 is not available for Challenge.


This course is designed for non-native English speaking students (ESL) who need to improve their speaking and listening skills to ensure accuracy and confidence in communications for academic success, improved employability, and for increased ease in social situations. There is a systematic review of the English sound system; in addition there is individualized attention to accent reduction. The instructor works with students to help them modify their three of four most serious accent problems. Students also complete a comprehensive series of listening exercises because listening is not only an essential communications skill, but many accent issues are related to listening issues. This course may be recommended for students interested in taking ENGL 177 or ENGL 189.


  • Unit 1: Introduction
  • Unit 2: Sound/Spelling Patterns
  • Unit 3: Syllables and Word Endings
  • Unit 4: Stress in Words and Grammatical Units
  • Unit 5: Stress in Words Predicted by Suffixes
  • Unit 6: Rhythm in Sentences
  • Unit 7: Intonation
  • Unit 8: Changing Intonation
  • Unit 9: Phrasing, Pausing, and Listening


To receive credit for ENGL 149, 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:

Pretest 4 speaking assignments 4 listening assignments Post-test and final exam Total
0% 40% 30% 30% 100%

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

Course Materials


Well Said: Pronunciation for Clear Communication, Second Edition, by Linda Grant. Boston: Heinle and Heinle, 2001. (Includes audio CD.)

Other materials

The course materials also include a student manual, study guide, assignment manual, answer key, and a Advanced Listening CD.

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 2, January 22, 2008.

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Updated January 21 2016 by Student & Academic Services