English Language and Writing Skills (ENGL) 145

Reading and Writing for Academic Purposes (Revision 1)

ENGL 146 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 (with eTextbook)

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 fill the gaps in their reading and writing skills in preparation for studies at the university level. It is appropriate for both ESL students and native speakers of English who wish to upgrade their academic skills and strongly recommended for those who plan on taking or ENGL 155, ENGL 177, or ENGL 189.

Course Learning Outcomes

After completing ENGL 145, you should be able to

  1. write cogently and persuasively in a variety of modes, using the appropriate form of English for the occasion.
  2. distinguish textual forms and genres in order to evaluate their functions and facilitate a close reading of a text as a composed artifact.
  3. apply original and creative thinking related to the discipline in order to produce compelling and imaginative work.


Unit 1

  • Lesson 1 – Structure and Language
  • Lesson 2 – Reading
  • Lesson 3 – Writing—Summary Paragraphs I

Unit 2

  • Lesson 4 – Structure and Language
  • Lesson 5 – Reading
  • Lesson 6 – Writing—Summary Paragraphs II

Unit 3

  • Lesson 7 – Structure and Language
  • Lesson 8 – Reading
  • Lesson 9 – Writing Narratives I

Unit 4

  • Lesson 10 – Structure and Language
  • Lesson 11 – Reading
  • Lesson 12 – Writing Narratives II

Unit 5

  • Lesson 13 – Structure and Language
  • Lesson 14 – Reading
  • Lesson 15 – Descriptive Paragraphs I

Unit 6

  • Lesson 16 – Structure and Language
  • Lesson 17 – Reading
  • Lesson 18 – Descriptive Paragraphs II

Unit 7

  • Lesson 19 – Structure and Language
  • Lesson 20 – Reading
  • Lesson 21 – Explanatory Paragraphs I

Unit 8

  • Lesson 22 – Structure and Language
  • Lesson 23 – Reading
  • Lesson 24 – Explanatory Paragraphs II


To pass ENGL 145, 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 1-8 (10% each) 80%
Final Exam 20%
Online Self-tests 0%
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

ENGL 145 is taught by a combination of a print textbook, an eText, and academic support.


Silberstein, S., Dobson, K., & Clarke, M. (2008). Reader’s Choice (5th ed.). (International Edition). Books 1 and 2. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Merivale, J. (1998). Reading Matters: A Selection of Canadian Writing. Scarborough: Prentice Hall Canada. (PDF)


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

May, C. (2006). Spotlight on Sentence and Paragraph Skills. Toronto: Pearson Prentice Hall.

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 materials

All other 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 1, June 5, 2018.