EN-110 Advanced Reading

Course Description:  Advanced Reading is designed to improve students’ critical reading and thinking skills, increase analytical, inferential and evaluative comprehension, expand vocabulary skills, and employ effective study strategies for use across academic disciplines.

  • This course also meets PLO #(s) ___2____ of the Liberal Arts program.
  • Prerequisite Courses: Divisional placement or completion of ESL 089 with a “C” or better.

A.  PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES (PLOs): 
The student will be able to:
1.   Articulate and understand their experiences through effective writing, reading, speaking, and various modes of artistic expression.  

B.  STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOs) - GENERAL: 
The student will be able to:

  1. Read text critically.
  2. Read text analytically.
  3. Summarize a reading, evaluate a reading and relate the reading rto the student’s life.

     


SLO

PLO2

1

IDM

2

IDM

3

IDM

I = Introduced
D = Demonstrated
M = Mastered

C.  STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOs)-SPECIFIC: 
The student will be able to: 

General SLO 1.  Read a text critically.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

1.1 Define unfamiliar vocabulary.

Complete worksheets, take quizzes, and play vocabulary games.

1.2 Locate facts and isolate details of a text.

Complete worksheets, take quizzes, and participate in group discussions and activities, which require locating facts of a text.

1.3 Retain specific facts and details from a text.

Write short answer responses, participate in group discussions, take quizzes, or make oral presentations.

General SLO 2.  Read a text analytically.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

2.1 Identify the tone, mood, and voice of a literary text through an analysis of its linguistic features and literary devices.

Complete worksheets, take quizzes, and participate in group discussions and activities, which require identifying tone, mood, and voice.

2.2 Identify the theme of a literary text and the ways it is embodied by formal elements.

Complete worksheets, take quizzes, and participate in group discussions and activities, which require identifying the theme.

2.3 Identify and analyze common semantic features such as connotation, denotation, and figures of speech

Complete worksheets, take quizzes, and participate in group discussions and activities, which require identifying common semantic features.

2.4 Distinguish between facts and opinions in a text.

Complete worksheets, take quizzes, and participate in group discussions and activities, which require distinguishing between facts and opinions.

2.5 Evaluate ideas presented in a text by determining the rhetorical structures used to persuade readers.

Complete worksheets, take quizzes, and participate in group discussions and activities, which require determining rhetorical structures and their relationship with ideas.

2.6 Recognize the implicit assumptions and values underlying a written work.

Complete worksheets, take quizzes, and participate in group discussions and activities, which require recognizing implicit assumptions.

 

General SLO 3.    Summarize a reading, evaluate a reading, and relate the reading to the student’s life.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

3.1 Write a summary of a text that demonstrates an understanding of the main ideas of the text.

Submit a written summary for evaluation.

3.2 Write a paraphrase of a passage that demonstrates an understanding of the content of the passage.

Paraphrase a passage for a quiz, worksheet, or short essay.

3.3 State the main idea of a text.

Complete worksheets, take quizzes, and participate in group discussions and activities, which require stating the main idea.

3.4 Ascertain the meaning of a passage by identifying main ideas, supporting details, and logical or narrative sequences.

Complete worksheets, take quizzes, and participate in group discussions and activities, which require ascertaining the meaning of a passage.

3.5 Evaluate ideas presented in a text by determining their logical validity, their implications, and their relationship to ideas beyond the text.

Write short essays, participate in group discussions, and make oral presentations.

D.  COURSE CONTENT
The Search for Self
Personal Relationships
Cultural Traditions
Science, the Environment, and the Future
Freedom and Human Dignity
Education
Personal Values

E.  METHODS OF INSTRUCTION

  • Lecture, group discussion, online activities, and guest lectures.

F.  REQURIED TEXT(S) AND COURSE MATERIALS
Shrodes, Caroline, Michael Shugrue, Marc Di Paolo and Christian Matuschek.  The Conscious Reader.  11th ed. New York:  Longman, 2009 (or most recent edition).

G.  REFERENCE MATERIALS
None

H.  INSTRUCTIONAL COSTS
None

I.   EVALUATION
Students must achieve 70% mastery or a “C” to pass this course.

L.  CREDIT BY EXAMINATION
None

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