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Course Description

This course prepares ESL students for mainstream college classes by reviewing a variety of reading skills, strategies, and topics from different academic disciplines. Students expand their academic vocabulary and read short stories or a novel for literary appreciation. PREREQUISITE: ESL 552 with a grade of 'C' or better or ESL assessment recommendation. Recommended concurrent enrollment in ESL 564 and ESL 563.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and restate the main idea(s) and supporting ideas in a reading
  • Identify and tell the author's viewpoint, tone, and purpose
  • Apply a variety of reading skills and strategies for the comprehension of academic or literary texts
  • Examine and appraise different aesthetic aspects of literature
  • Analyze and interpret the form, style, and specific strategies utilized in an academic or literary text
  • Use the context of a reading to understand unfamiliar vocabulary
  • Categorize and extend the set of academic vocabulary commonly employed in academic texts for a variety of disciplines
  • Summarize and paraphrase parts of readings and use the summaries/paraphrases to explain a personal viewpoint
  • Evaluate own reading strengths and weaknesses and progress made throughout the course

Last modified: November 25, 2014
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