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2023-2024 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ESL 088RV - Reading and Vocabulary for Non-Native Speakers for English IV

4 Credits, 4 Contact Hours
4 lecture periods 0 lab periods

Advanced-level reading and vocabulary skills for non-native speakers of English.  Includes comprehension of narrative, informational, and college textbooks; vocabulary at an advanced level, written tasks, information literacy, study strategies, college resources, and a community of readers.

Prerequisite(s): Placement into ESL 088RV; or completion of ESL 080RV  or ESL085RV . 

Recommendation: Concurrent enrollment in an ESL Oral Communication course (CM) and an ESL Writing and Grammar course (WG) according to previous course completion or ESL assessment test score.
Information: Prerequisites may be waived with consent of instructor. See an ESL instructor for details.
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Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate literal comprehension of advanced written material.
  2. Demonstrate interpretive comprehension of advanced written material.

Performance Objectives:
  1. Use advanced-level reading strategies and critical thinking skills to demonstrate comprehension of academic materials.
  2. Apply a strategic approach to the development of academic vocabulary.
  3. Demonstrate development of analytical and evaluative comprehension through written tasks.
  4. Locate, access, and use needed information.
  5. Develop and integrate a variety of study strategies into academic learning.
  6. Employ college resources.
  7. Participate in a community of readers.

  1. Comprehension of Narrative, Informational, and College Textbooks
    1. Reading strategies
      1. Use strategies before reading/studying
      2. Use strategies during reading/studying
      3. Use strategies after reading/studying
      4. Reading fluency
    2. Comprehension of text at different levels
      1. Comprehend at a literal level
        1. Identify main ideas
        2. Identify details
        3. Interpret graphs and statistics
        4. Analyze the inter-relationship of words, phrases, and clauses
        5. Identify rhetorical styles
    3. Comprehend at an interpretive level
      1. Differentiate between facts and opinions
      2. Analyze cause and effect
      3. Draw inferences and conclusions
      4. Recognize tone and purpose
      5. Interpret hedging language
  2. Comprehend at a critical level
    1. Analyze evidence for and against an argument
    2. Analyze diverse perspectives and points of view from difference sources
    3. Evaluate credibility, accuracy, and reliability of sources of information
  3. Vocabulary at  an Advanced Level
    1. Analogies 
    2. Context, structural, and syntactic clues
    3. Roots, prefixes, suffixes 
    4. Academic word list
    5. Synonyms and antonyms
    6. Use of word families (noun, verb, adjective, adverb forms)
    7. Collocations
    8. Vocabulary resources
    9. Printed and online
    10. Dictionaries and thesauruses
    11. Spelling rules   
  4. Written Tasks
    1. Journal 
    2. Paraphrasing
    3. Summary and analysis
    4. Description of graphic information
    5. Short answer (50-75 words)
    6. Understanding and avoiding plagiarism
  5. Information Literacy
    1. Library research procedures
    2. Basic database usage
    3. Evaluative criteria
  6. Study Strategies
    1. Use of syllabus
    2. Organization of course materials
    3. Use of teacher feedback
    4. Use of study techniques
    5. Testing taking skills
  7. College Resources
    1. Faculty office hours
    2. Learning/tutoring center
    3. Advising and counseling center
  8. Community of Readers
    1. Reading as a catalyst for exchange of ideas
    2. Acknowledge diverse points of view
    3. Discuss diverse cultural values as they relate to readings

Effective Term:
Full Academic Year 2020/21