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ENGL420:  READING IMPROVE


Course Description

This is a practical, "how to" course teaching various methods of learning and reading college material. Using group and individual instruction in vocabulary, comprehension, and study skills, the students will increase their ability to survive academically, to profit, grow and succeed in all college courses, and to enjoy reading and learning. Units earned in this course do not count toward the associate degree and/or certain certificate requirements. This course has the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass. PREREQUISITE: Satisfactory score on the English placement examination.


Learning Outcomes

  • Students will formulate and practice successful approaches to learning college-level vocabulary, including identifying meaning through context, identifying and utilizing word parts, and dictionary skills.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to respond to a variety college-level reading through text-supported responses to questions about reading selections, applying inference, paraphrasing, quoting, analysis, analysis with terms of rhetoric, decifering main ideas and supporting points, and reflection.
  • Students will utilize a variety of tools for reading comprehension, which may include graphic organizers, SQR3, PPPC, learning logs, KWL+ charts, think alouds, and/or questioning techniques, and more.
  • Students will distinguish the link between rate and comprehension and demonstrate rate flexibility by practicing techniques for faster reading and adjusting rate for purpose
  • Students will employ successful study behaviors, which may include note- taking, annotation, learning styles, and test-taking-skills, as well as understanding and adjusting reading process for success.


Last modified: November 25, 2014
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