English Language and Writing Skills (ENGL) 177

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).

Delivery Mode: Individualized study online (with eTextbook)

Credits: 3

Area of Study: No area of study

Prerequisite: None

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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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:

Diagnostic Assignment 5%
Two paragraph writing assignments 10% each
Short Essay Assignment 10%
Long Essay Assignment 10%
Research Essay Assignment 15%
Online Journal 15%
Quizzes 10%
Final Exam 15%
Total 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 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.

Course Materials


Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.

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 may be available for purchase 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.

Other Resources

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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