Academic Reading II

Curriculum Guideline

Effective Date:
Course
Discontinued
Yes
Course Code
ENGU 0460
Descriptive
Academic Reading II
Department
English Upgrading
Faculty
Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Credits
3.00
Start Date
End Term
202210
PLAR
No
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
18
Contact Hours
4 hours per week
Method Of Instruction
Seminar
Methods Of Instruction

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.

Course Description
The purpose of this course is to develop comprehension of college-level reading material. The course is appropriate for students who are preparing for the reading demands of college-level academic coursework. Emphasis will be on understanding ideas and themes from academic text, producing critical responses to information and ideas, and evaluating information from varied sources. Skills covered will include producing written and oral summaries of lengthy academic text, researching academic topics, synthesizing and evaluating information from diverse sources, and participating in and leading academic discussion. Readings will be typical of first-year academic material, for example, textbook chapters, journal articles, and other supplementary reading.
Course Content

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.

  1. Identifying main ideas and central themes
  2. Differentiating main ideas and themes from supporting details
  3. Distinguishing fact from opinion
  4. Using content to determine meaning
  5. Acquiring content-area vocabulary and terminology
  6. Recognizing author's tone, intent, and point of view
  7. Making generalizations
  8. Summarizing
  9. Making comparisons and synthesizing ideas from different sources
  10. Researching and compiling information from a variety of sources
  11. Participating in class discussion
  12. Leading class discussion
  13. Analyzing organization of text structure as an aid to comprehension
  14. Taking an historical perspective
  15. Critically evaluating text
  16. Developing flexibility in reading speed
Learning Outcomes

The aims of the course are for students:

  1. To develop and practice effective strategies, skills and approaches to reading that are directed at the improvement of comprehension of college-level academic text.
  2. To broaden and deepen general as well as content-specific knowledge as a means of improving comprehension.
  3. To demonstrate comprehension of text both orally and in written form.
  4. To participate in class discussion and to work cooperatively in an academic setting.
Means of Assessment

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.

Textbook Materials

Students may be required to purchase a textbook.

Prerequisites

ENGU 0360 or ENGU 0355 or ENGU 0356 or permission of instructor