ESL-088 English Reading IV

Course Description:  To prepare students to master college level coursework, the course focuses on the development of pre-reading, reading, and post-reading skills and strategies necessary for students to effectively process academic content materials.

  • Prerequisite Courses: None, Placement will be determined by COMET results and/or departmental tests.

A.  PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES (PLOs): 
 The student will be able to:
1.   Enrich and deepen self-knowledge by exploring different academic experiences.
2.   Articulate and understand their experiences through effective writing, reading, and various modes of artistic expressions.

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

  1. Demonstrate different approaches to academic reading through pre-reading activities.
  2. Demonstrate reading strategies through reading activities to enhance reading comprehension.
  3. Demonstrate post-reading strategies that maximize comprehension and retention of content.         

SLO

PLO1

PLO2

1

I

I

2

ID

ID

3

ID

ID

I = Introduced
D = Demonstrated
M = Mastered

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

General SLO 1.  Demonstrate different approaches to academic reading through pre-reading activities


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

    1. Preview or survey academic materials to discover topic, key ideas, and thematic vocabulary.

Group discussions and presentations and vocabulary exercises.

    1.  Activate prior knowledge and/or develop new background knowledge in order to improve comprehension of content.

Class exercises/worksheets and oral and group presentations assessed using a rubric.


General SLO 2. Demonstrate reading strategies through ‘during reading’ activities to enhance reading comprehension.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

2.1. Find the main idea in academic content based materials and read critically in order to detect implied ideas and make inferences about the text.

Text organization exercises w/worksheets after reading. Comprehension Exercises:

  1. Using Graphic organizers
  2. Vocabulary activities

2.2. Draw conclusions from academic reading passages and use contextual clues and decoding skills to deduce vocabulary meanings.

Group discussions and vocabulary exercises and interpretation of vocabularies through drawing/art. Concept quizzes & tests.

2.3.  Develop skimming and scanning skills

Skimming and scanning exercises/practice

2.4. Expand background knowledge in content areas through thematic reading and develop thematic vocabulary through reading passages in content areas.

Application exercises and journal writing and vocabulary journals.

 
General SLO 3.  Demonstrate post-reading strategies that maximize comprehension and retention of content.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

3.1. Rephrase, explain, and expand on written information to reflect comprehension.

Cloze reading exercises.
Journal writing with selected topics/themes.

    1. Connect new information to information previously learned.

Chapter quizzes, unit tests and concept mapping using graphic organizers.

3.3. Summarize or paraphrase main ideas and important details in source material.

Critical thinking exercises. 
Essay questions (tests, quizzes and group discussions).

3.4. Synthesize information from what has been read by relating new information to prior knowledge, experience, interests, and opinions.

Writing assignment graded using a  rubric for all chapters

D.  COURSE CONTENT
Reading Strategies
Writing Strategies
Mechanics of Writing
Critical Thinking Strategies
Test-Taking Strategies

E.  METHODS OF INSTRUCTION
Lectures    
Cooperative Learning through Group discussions
Student Teacher role reversals

F.    REQUIRED TEXT(S) AND COURSE MATERIALS
Hartmann, Pamela. Quest: Reading and Writing in the Academic World, Book 2 McGraw Hill, New York, NY 2006 (or most recent edition). 
One novel from the 6 – 8 grade reading level of the Townsend Press library series.  Text to be selected by the division chair in consultation with the ESL/developmental faculty.  The complete list of books in the series can be viewed at http://www.townsendpress.com/books.php
G.  REFERENCE MATERIALS
None
HINSTRUCTIONAL COSTS
None

I.   EVALUATION
Students must exhibit proficiency of at least 70% to receive a passing grade of “C”.

J.   CREDIT BY EXAMINATION
None

 

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