Class instructional mode will vary with instructional goals. Lecture, large-group discussion, small-group discussion and learning activities, cooperative learning, and individual learning activities may be employed. Lab tutorial and scheduled individual appointment time will be available as appropriate.
Student-directed learning outside of the classroom will also constitute a component of instruction.
Students will receive instruction in the following skill areas using materials selected from a variety of academic disciplines and reflecting a range of sources, organizational patterns, topics and points of view.
- Identifying main ideas and central themes
- Differentiating main ideas and themes from supporting details
- Distinguishing fact from opinion
- Using content to determine meaning
- Acquiring content-area vocabulary and terminology
- Recognizing author's tone, intent, and point of view
- Making generalizations
- Making comparisons and synthesizing ideas from different sources
- Researching and compiling information from a variety of sources
- Participating in class discussion
- Leading class discussion
- Analyzing organization of text structure as an aid to comprehension
- Taking an historical perspective
- Critically evaluating text
- Developing flexibility in reading speed
The aims of the course are for students:
- To develop and practice effective strategies, skills and approaches to reading that are directed at the improvement of comprehension of college-level academic text.
- To broaden and deepen general as well as content-specific knowledge as a means of improving comprehension.
- To demonstrate comprehension of text both orally and in written form.
- To participate in class discussion and to work cooperatively in an academic setting.
A mastery model of evaluation will be used.
Progress will be monitored in an ongoing and cumulative fashion by the instructor, based on written and oral demonstrations of skill. Course credit will be granted on the basis of achievement of course objectives as demonstrated by satisfactory completion of course assignments. Satisfactory progress and undertaking of independent learning are expected. Specific feedback will accompany completed assignments, and more general feedback on progress will be provided periodically by the instructor as appropriate.
Students may be required to purchase a textbook.