ENGL 050 - Introduction to College Reading
3 Credit: (3 lecture, 0 lab, 0 clinical) 3 Contact Hours: [Prerequisite: Reading Level 1 ][Pre-or co-requisite: GNST 100 ]
Introduction to College Reading is required for students at Reading Level 1. The strategies introduced and practiced in this course will develop reading skills necessary for students to successfully meet the demands of college reading.
Students who do not meet the exit requirement of a C or better will be required to repeat the course.
OFFERED: fall and spring semesters
Course Goals/ Objectives/ Competencies:
Goal 1: Employ an effective reading process.
- Use pre-reading strategies such as accessing background knowledge, establishing a purpose for reading, and chunking the text.
- Read actively by using textual annotation and note-taking strategies.
- Utilize strategies for working through comprehension difficulties when encountering a difficult passage.
- Consider author’s choices (purpose, tone, style, supporting evidence).
- Complete multiple readings of the same text as necessary.
Goal 2: Demonstrate successful close reading.
- Summarize text accurately to confirm comprehension and understanding.
- Make connections between ideas within a text, between different texts, between text and reader, and between text and media.
- Draw conclusions in order to respond to texts effectively.
- Synthesize information within and across texts.
Goal 3: Apply a variety of vocabulary strategies to determine the meaning of unknown words.
- Determine the meaning of new words using context clues.
- Apply knowledge of roots and affixes to infer the meaning of new words.
- Use reference guides (dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses, etc.) to confirm the meanings of new words or phrases.
- Develop a strategy for studying vocabulary.
Goal 4: Increase reading ability.
- Improve Lexile score (measure of reading ability level).
- Improve reading fluency through repeated reading practice.
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