This course is designed to help students become critical readers who confidently engage and interact with what they read. College reading is more substantial and more sophisticated than high school reading or personal reading. Students required to take this course must earn a grade of S (Satisfactory) before taking ENG-131.
Goals, Topics, and Objectives
This course will prepare students to read at a level that will enable success in all content area college-level courses.
After completing this course, students should be able to:
Demonstrate academic vocabulary growth through observed usage.
Integrate a variety of reading comprehension strategies including, but not limited to, connecting, questioning, predicting, and summarizing.
Discriminate between topics, main ideas, supporting details within various patterns of organization in authentic fiction and non-fiction sources.
Analyze and create notes from textbook reading that demonstrate active reading and comprehension.
Paraphrase and summarize text using academic English.
Analyze text for author’s message, audience, purpose, and tone.
Recognize and evaluate credible sources, and/or explain and defend sources to show appropriate use.
Assessment and Requirements
Assessment of academic achievement may include, but not be limited to, quizzes, tests, timed readings, group projects, individual projects and portfolio reviews. Students must achieve 75% in the class to pass (S).
Requirements: * Students must actively participate in class to demonstrate reading comprehension.
Students must complete a regular schedule of readings from the course text and handouts.
Students practice reading strategies throughout the course. Instructors may choose to assess student practice through journals, homework, portfolios, or other ongoing coursework.
Students must receive some orientation to academic success resources on campus including The Writing Center, The Learning Lab, the Library, and Assisted Learning Services.
Students must attend at least one conference with their instructors.
While instructors may use letter or numerical grades to assess course work, the final grade assigned in English 093 must be S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory). The grade of S shall be given if students successfully complete 75% of the course work.
In addition, instructors are highly encouraged to: Create a supportive, empowering environment in their classrooms in order to invite students into college culture; Use non-prescriptive, collaborative, and encouraging assessments including discussions, journals, and portfolios; Welcome and support the diverse identities, backgrounds, and academic experiences of our students as essential foundations for college community.
The curricular committee that oversees this course maintains a list of approved texts.