ENG 109, Academic Reading
Prerequisite: READING LEVEL 4. Designed for those who are good readers, but who still need to make improvements in reading, vocabulary, and critical thinking to become successful and independent college students. Provides instruction and practice in study-reading college level texts; opportunities for self -selected research, reading and sharing of information; and the chance to select and read imaginative materials for pleasure and increased self -confidence as a reader. (45/0)
Outcomes and Objectives
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Effectively apply the active reading process to a wide variety of college-level texts.
- Develop a flexible approach to the use of reading process that allows for modification of strategies to fit expository or imaginative texts and reading purpose.
- Use appropriate before, during, and after reading strategies to gain meaning and develop appreciation of text.
Comprehend a variety of college-level texts.
- Use strategies to efficiently survey a text, predict subject matter and scope of material, and relate prior knowledge.
- Establish a purpose for reading by posing questions before and during reading.
- Read purposefully by taking notes, answering questions, and defining new vocabulary.
- Map and/or summarize to demonstrate understanding.
- Demonstrate awareness of author use of organizational pattern/s.
- Critically respond to reading.
- Develop effective memory strategies to encode, store, and retrieve information gained by reading.
Become independent learners of language.
- Increase vocabulary by learning a broad base of new college- level words and using this vocabulary in speaking. listening, reading and writing assignments.
- Develop a repertoire of vocabulary strategies to apply to college reading materials:
dictionary skills, context clues, word parts, and memory strategies.
Access, analyze, and use information.
- Develop questions and establish purpose for research, based on personal interest and academic assignment.
- Access a variety of sources and determine usefulness and credibility of information.
- Selectively and accurately record information from useful and credible sources.
- Answer research questions and organize information accordingly.
- Under guidance of instructor, paraphrase and present information in a manner appropriate to an academic assignment, using a standard citation format such as MLA.
- Work creatively in groups to plan and share newly gained information and insights with the whole class.
Develop self -confidence and satisfaction from reading, leading to a greater
appreciation of the written word.
- Select and read imaginative and expository reading materials that satisfy individual needs and interests.
- Develop an awareness that reading materials offer not only information, but also pleasure, understanding, insight, and encouragement.
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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