ENG 097W, Effective Reading and Vocabulary Development I
Prerequisite: READING LEVEL 3. Designed for those whose academic and personal needs call for building skills, confidence, greater comprehension, and enjoyment of reading. The course includes techniques for understanding and remembering a wider reading vocabulary. Consideration will be given to applying reading strategies to a wide variety of reading materials under the guidance of an instructor. (60-0)
Outcomes and Objectives
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Apply appropriate active reading strategies to a variety of texts.
Develop strategies for and awareness of many kinds of reading, such as fiction,
autobiography, short journalistic features, and academic/expository texts.
Apply and modify active reading strategies before, during, and after reading, with special emphasis on previewing, predicting, accessing prior knowledge, questioning, and summarizing.
Appropriately adapt goals and approaches to reading, depending upon the text and purpose.
Apply appropriate study strategies to the reading of texts for academic/study purposes. This includes text annotation, written summary of textbook material, mapping, and note taking.
Comprehend a variety of texts appropriate to beginning college academic work.
- Check comprehension by learning to infer topic, thesis/focus, and supporting examples and details in a reading.
- Use visual strategies to organize a college reading. These strategies include map, outline, and summary in order.
- Use test-preparation, test-taking, and post test self- evaluation strategies.
- Analyze, summarize, paraphrase, and synthesize from reading, both orally and in writing.
- Practice identifying obvious organizational patterns in beginning level college readings. These patterns include chronological order, listing, definition, cause/effect, comparison/contrast, generalization/illustration, and problem/solution in passages of several paragraphs.
- Demonstrate ability to preview and gain meaning from basic organization of fiction and non-fiction books: book title, preface and epilogue elements, chapter title and divisions, book jacket and "about the author" elements, glossary and index.
Apply various techniques for learning new vocabulary encountered while reading.
- Develop a beginning awareness of English as an evolving language and lexicon, with roots in several other languages.
- Appropriately apply dictionary skills to broaden reading vocabulary and locate definition and spelling.
- Derive clues to word meanings from context.
- Apply memory strategies in learning new vocabulary.
- Use word parts, such as prefix, suffix, and roots, to analyze and understand complex words.
- Speak and write using a broadened vocabulary as a result of the course.
Develop confidence and enjoyment that will contribute to life long appreciation of reading.
- Demonstrate ability to choose and gain meaning and enjoyment from a text.
- Demonstrate awareness of a range of reading materials for personal satisfaction.
- Personalize reading analysis, selection, and responses to suit ongoing lifelong individual satisfaction in the reading process.
Participate in "writing to learn" activities.
- Perform writing tasks to promote learning.
- Write effectively for a specific audience and purpose.
- Demonstrate the learning of concepts through writing.
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