ENG-081: Preparation for College Reading

Liberal Arts
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Preparation for College Reading
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Students place into ENG 081 through self-placement or through multiple-measures assessment as determined by English Department guidelines.
Students who place into both ENG 093: Preparation for College Writing and ENG-081: Preparation for College Reading are encouraged to take both classes during the same semester.
Catalog Course Description

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

Goal Statement

This course will prepare students to read at a level that will enable success in all content area college-level courses.

Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)

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

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).

General Course Requirements and Recommendations

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.

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2019
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date