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REA 112 - Critical Reading

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

Development of college reading strategies. Includes comprehension strategies at the college level, critical reading and thinking, information literacy, vocabulary development, and advanced study strategies.

Prerequisite(s): Requires both Reading and Writing prerequisites. Reading: ESL 088RV  with a B or better, or REA 091  with a C or better, or required score on the Reading assessment. Writing: ESL 088WG  with a B or better, or WRT 070 with a C or better, or required score on the Writing assessment.
Information: Student may be admitted with instructor recommendation.

Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Analyze material at the college level using text- and discipline-based inferencing.
  2. Apply a variety of critical reading and thinking strategies to a wide variety of college-level reading materials.
  3. Apply information literacy strategies.
  4. Use study strategies with content-area textbooks to improve comprehension/retention of information.

  1. Comprehension Strategies at the College Level
    1. Analyze, interpret, and evaluate college level material
    2. Summarize
    3. Synthesize information from multiple sources
    4. Expand vocabulary
  1. Critical Reading and Thinking
    1. Understand and differentiate between observations, interpretations and facts
    2. Recognize and identify assumptions and biases
    3. Explore diverse perspectives and points of view
    4. Explore errors in reasoning
    5. Recognize, analyze and evaluate the soundness of arguments
    6. Weigh and evaluate evidence and draw conclusions
  1. Information Literacy
    1. Implement informational search strategies to locate a variety of sources
    2. Evaluate websites
  2. Advanced Study Strategies
    1. Select, apply and evaluate textbook study strategies such as the following
      1. Before reading activate prior knowledge, set a purpose, preview text structure
      2. During reading highlight, annotate, take notes, monitor comprehension
      3. After reading: summarize, make concept cards, create question/answer sheets, create practice exams, construct study guidelines
    2. Developing and practicing test taking strategies

Effective Term:
Summer 2016