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English (ENGL) 146

Reading for Academic Purposes (Revision 3)

Revision 3 closed, replaced by current version.

Delivery Mode:Individualized study online.

Credits: 0

Area of Study: No area of study

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

Centre: Centre for Language and Literature

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


This course is designed for students who need to upgrade and practise their reading skills to improve general comprehension and reading efficiency. While working on specific skills throughout the course, students will also be improving the general skills of comprehension, dictionary usage, and reading speed. This course is appropriate for both ESL students and native speakers of English who need to upgrade their general reading ability before proceeding further with their education. This course may be recommended for students intending to take ENGL 177 or ENGL 189.


Module I: Vocabulary from Context

Module II: Skimming and Scanning

Module III: Stems and Affixes

Module IV: Sentence Study

  • Unit I: Comprehension
  • Unit II: Restatement and Inference

Module V: Paragraph Reading and Analysis

  • Unit I: The Main Idea
  • Unit II: Restatement and Inference
  • Unit III: Reading for Full Understanding

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:

Readings with questions (6) Readings with questions (2) Final Exam Total
60% 10% 30% 100%

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

Course Materials


Baudoin, E. M., E. S. Bober, M. A. Clarke, B. K. Dobson, & S. Silberstein. 1993. Reader's Choice. The University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor.

Merivale, J. (1998). Reading Matters, A Selection of Canadian Writing. Prentice Hall Allyn & Bacon, Scarborough.

Other materials

The course materials also include a student manual and a study guide containing additional instructional material and exercises, 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 3, January 22, 2008.

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