This is a reading course that builds and refines skills learned in advanced-level reading and critical thinking. Students will select and apply appropriate reading strategies to complete academic work. This course includes TOEFL practice.
By the end of the course, students will be able to:
1. Preview and predict the content of a reading selection at an advanced level by:
A. Considering the title, headings and subheadings;
B. Identifying the arrangement of topic, and subtopic through outlining;
C. Discussing previous knowledge on the subject;
D. Asking questions that might be answered in the reading.
2. Skim a text at an advanced level for general meaning by:
A. Identifying introduction and conclusion;
B. Understanding paragraph structure;
C. Recognizing topic sentences;
D. Recognizing when the main idea has been rephrased;
E. Being able to distinguish between the main idea and supporting details;
F. Listing and writing the main ideas;
G. Making a story outline or a time line.
3. Scan a text, read for specific information, and answer specific information questions in a limited amount of time at an advanced level.
4. Read a text and answer basic comprehension questions about main idea, vocabulary, and important details in the form of multiple choice, true/false, and short answer questions at an advanced level.
5. Guess vocabulary from context by:
A. Recognizing clues (punctuation, example, comparison or contrast, definition, description, series, cause and effect, setting, and synonyms);
B. Recognizing prefixes, suffixes, and roots and discerning their meanings (mis-, pre-, im-, anthropo, poly, etc.).
6. Expand active vocabulary by:
A. Writing definitions;
B. Using the words in a sentence;
C. Looking up words in a monolingual dictionary;
D. Recognizing that a word can have more than one meaning;
E. Recognizing that certain suffixes give clues as to the part of speech.
7. Make inferences and be able to answer inference questions through multiple choice, true/false, and short answer formats at an advanced level.
8. Distinguish fact from opinion by:
A. Distinguishing vocabulary associated with fact from vocabulary associated with opinion (objective: scientific, fact, evidence, prove, certain; subjective: think, believe, agree, disagree, possible, theorize, etc.);
B. Recognizing stated or implied facts;
C. Recognizing stated or implied opinions.
9. Demonstrate increased speed.
10. Respond to an advanced-level text by:
A. Determining the authorís purpose;
B. Distinguishing fact from opinion;
C. Analyzing tone and point of view;
D. Evaluating and explaining reasons why the text is either effective or ineffective;
E. Including a proper citation of the source.
11. Summarize a text at an advanced level by:
A. Making a story outline and/or a time line;
B. Listing ideas;
C. Writing margin notes;
D. Recognizing and rewording main ideas;
E. Writing a 2-3 sentence summary statement.
12. Engage in extensive reading and demonstrate understanding.
Course topics will include the following:
1. Vocabulary expansion
2. Reading skills strategies and practice
3. Content analysis and evaluation
4. Author opinion
Method of Instruction:
3. Group and pair work
Types of Assignments:
2. Textbook exercises
3. Vocabulary study
1. Seal, Bernard, Academic Encounters: Human Behavior: Reading, Study Skills and Writing, Cambridge University Press.