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Advanced Reading Skills for Home Support/Resident Care Attendant Program Students

Course Code: EASL 0865
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course is designed for students who are planning to enter the Home Support/Resident Care Attendant Program. This course emphasizes reading longer passages at a reasonable rate, and taking notes that would be useful for study and review purposes. Effective academic reading strategies and memory techniques will be studied and practiced. Moreover, methods for improving and expanding vocabulary relating to HSRC educational, employment, and social contexts will be stressed. Readings will come from a variety of health care materials, including the textbooks and other materials required for the Home Support/Resident Care Attendant Program.

Course Content

  1. reading strategies and techniques including those required for effective previewing, reading and reviewing of academic materials;
  2. vocabulary techniques, including studying medical word prefixes, suffixes, roots, and managing unfamiliar vocabulary with context;
  3. memory techniques;
  4. organizational patterns, especially those used in academic texts and materials;
  5. notetaking and summary techniques;
  6. basic library research skills, including using computer catalogues and periodical indexes.

Methods of Instruction

The instructor will facilitate, observe, and evaluate students’ participation in communicative activities.  Whole and small group instruction will be combined with individual assistance and student directed learning.  Students will participate in the setting of goals by identifying their communicative and language development needs, and will participate in the selection of learning activities.

Means of Assessment

A mastery model of on-going evaluation will be used.  A student will reach mastery when she/he has demonstrated through satisfactory completion of exercises, assignments and other assessments that the course objectives have been achieved.

Where formal evaluations of specific skills are used, mastery will be defined as a score of 70% or more.

Progress will be monitored on a regular basis by the instructor in consultation with each student.

Learning Outcomes

Within HSRC educational, employment, and social contexts, EASL students will:

  1. read longer passages and chapters with comprehension;
  2. identify main ideas and supporting details in readings;
  3. use academic reading techniques and strategies such as textbook annotating and SQ3R;
  4. use memory techniques such as idea linking, acronyms, and mental and physical imagery;
  5. identify organizational patterns of readings and use them in notetaking;
  6. paraphrase original ideas from readings without distorting or obscuring meaning;
  7. write effective notes from various types of reading;
  8. employ strategies to manage unfamiliar vocabulary;
  9. use basic library research skills.

course prerequisites


EASL 0835, EASL 0885, and EASL 0875

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.