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English (ENGL) 353
Intermediate Composition

This version of ENGL 353 closed. To current version.

Delivery mode: Individualized study.

Credits: 3 - Humanities

Prerequisite: ENGL 255, ENGL 211, or any senior English course

Centre: Centre for Language and Literature

ENGL 353 has a Challenge for Credit option.


ENGL 353 takes a practical approach to the art of essay writing by having students apply the major principles of composition in five essay assignments.

Students learn these principles in the abstract by studying a handbook on composition and in practice by studying samples of good writing and by applying the principles in their own work.


Essay 1: Exposition

Essay 2: Comparison - Contrast

Essay 3: Persuasion

Essay 4: Contemplation

Essay 5: Research/Analysis


To receive credit for ENGL 353, you must achieve a minimum grade of 50 percent on each assignment and a composite course grade of at least “D” (50 percent). The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:

Essay 1 Essay 2 Essay 3 Essay 4 Essay 5 Total
15% 15% 20% 20% 30% 100%

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

Course Materials


Baker, Sheridan and Lawrence B. Gamache. The Canadian Practical Stylist with Readings, Fourth Edition. Don Mills, ON: Addison-Wesley, 1998.

Dillard, Annie. Teaching A Stone to Talk: Expeditions and Encounters. New York: HarperPerennial, 1992.

Dillard, Annie. The Writing Life. New York: HarperPerennial, 1990.

Pivato, Joseph, ed. Caterina Edwards: Essays on Her Works. Toronto: Guernica, 2000.

Other materials

The course materials also include a student manual.