AESL083 Reading Fundamentals for International Students

Department of Language & Literature: American English as a Second Language

I. Course Number and Title
AESL083 Reading Fundamentals for International Students
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
Placement by the Department of Language and Literature only
V. Other Pertinent Information

This course will not satisfy the general elective category for students who entered their program or study in or after the 2007 Fall semester.

  • To meet course objectives, students are expected to spend a minimum of six hours a week completing homework assignments. These six hours are in addition to the three hours class time.
  • Students are expected to visit the Tutoring Center as needed.
  • Approximately eighty-to-ninety percent of the final grade for the course will be based upon a student's performance on tests, in-class and out-of-class writings, and other written and oral assignments. Class participation and attendance will account for the remaining ten-to-twenty percent of a student's overall grade.
  • Transferability is determined by the transfer institution.
VI. Catalog Course Description
AESL 083 is a reading course designed for international students who need to learn the fundamentals of reading. It focuses on reading comprehension skills: vocabulary development, including word definitions, word families, common American idioms, and familiarity with American cultural influences.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Reading: In this AESL course students will be able to

    1. identify American cultural influences through reading;
    2. recognize supporting details, and draw inferences;
    3. read, with instructional support, texts that are written for an audience whose primary language is American English;
    4. develop the ability to read independently for pleasure to further enhance comprehension and vocabulary development; and;
    5. advance reading skills to earn a C or better in the course and demonstrate progress by improving their performance on a final proficiency test;

    Writing: Students will be able to

    1. respond orally and in writing to assigned texts and a variety of authentic materials; and
    2. develop vocabulary for written and oral expression, including the use of collocations, phrasal verbs, and common American idioms.

    Academic Integrity: Students will be able to

    1. identify plagiarism and adhere to the principles of academic integrity.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    Reading/Writing/Vocabulary: Students will

    1. read texts that promote comprehension, discussion, and written response to American historical events and cultural values;
    2. read a variety of authentic materials, such as newspapers, magazines, and Internet articles in order to identify main ideas and supporting details;
    3. read an American novel, biography, or collection of short stories for small group or class discussion, oral presentation, or written responses;
    4. engage in self-selected free reading written in American English to further enhance comprehension and vocabulary development;
    5. effectively use a unilingual American English dictionary for ESL learners to define words, identify parts of speech, and improve pronunciation through the accurate interpretation of phonetic script; and
    6. complete a teacher-prepared plagiarism exercise.

    Other learning activities that may include but not be limited to the following: in-class and out-of-class collaborative activities, such as interviews, surveys, and small group or paired discussions.

  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Students will demonstrate what they have learned through quizzes, including a quiz on plagiarism, in-class and out-of-class writings, oral and written responses to text, presentations, conferences with the instructor, and a final proficiency test.

    Students will complete numerous comprehension and vocabulary exercises in their textbooks and/or workbook.

    These exercises will be evaluated on a consistent basis.

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Departmentally-selected textbooks and/or workbooks. See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 3/07; New Core 8/2015