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