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English (ENGL) 140

Grammar (Revision 1)

ENGL 140 Course website

Revision 1 closed, replaced by current version.

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).

Delivery Mode:Individualized study.


Area of Study:No area of study

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

Centre:Centre for Language and Literature

ENGL 140 is not available for Challenge.

Course website


This course is designed for students who need to revise or upgrade their grammar skills to ensure accuracy of communication before proceeding with other courses or post-secondary studies. There is a thorough and systematic review of grammatical structures and their use in authentic language situations. Although this course studies grammar from an ESL perspective, it is also appropriate for native speakers of English who need to improve their grammar skills. ENGL 140 may be recommended for students interested in taking ENGL 177 or ENGL 189.


Module 1: verb tenses, part A (present, past, simple, progressive, perfect, and perfect progressive tenses)

Module 2: verb tenses, part B (future time, adverb clauses of time)

Module 3: modal auxiliaries and similar expressions

Module 4: forming and using the passive

Module 5: gerunds and infinitives

Module 6: nouns, pronouns, and subject-verb agreement

Module 7: clauses (noun, adjective, adverbs) and the reduction of adverb clauses

Module 8: showing relationship between ideas (coordinating conjunctions and other connective devices)

Module 9: conditional and hypothetical structures


To receive credit for ENGL 140, 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:

Telephone Quizzes (5) Writing Assignments (4) Final Exam Total
39% 31% 30% 100%

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

Course Materials


Azar, Betty Schrampfer. 1999. Understanding and Using English Grammar (3rd Edition). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.

Azar, Betty Schrampfer. 2000. Understanding and Using English Grammar, Workbook (3rd Edition). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.

Other Materials

The course materials also include a student manual and a study guide containing additional instructional material, instructions for completing exercises, and directions for completing assignments. English Language Support 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 1, April 5, 2002.

Last updated by SAS  09/10/2013 11:31:20