English Language and Writing Skills (ENGL) 140

Grammar (Revision 3)

ENGL 140 Course cover

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

Credits: 0

Area of Study: No area of study

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

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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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 ENGL189.


  • Module 1: Verb Tenses
  • Module 2: Modals and Related Expressions
  • Module 3: The Passive Voice
  • Module 4: Gerunds and Infinitives
  • Module 5: Nouns, Pronouns, and Agreement
  • Module 6: Noun and Adjective Clauses
  • Module 7: Adverb Clauses
  • Module 8: Conjunctions and Other Connectives


To receive credit for ENGL 140, you must complete all of the assignments, achieve a minimum grade of D (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:

Assignment Weight
Assignments (8) 64%
Quizzes (8) 8%
Reflective Paragraph Assignment 8%
Final Exam 20%
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


Azar, Betty S., and Stacy A. Hagen. Understanding and Using English Grammar. 5th ed. Pearson Education, 2017.

Azar, Betty S., Stacy A. Hagen, Geneva Tesh, and Rachel Spack Koch. Understanding and Using English Grammar: Workbook. 5th ed. Pearson Education, 2017.

Other Materials

All other 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, October 9, 2019.

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