READ089 Fast Track Reading (Experimental)

Department of Language & Literature: Reading

I. Course Number and Title
READ089 Fast Track Reading (Experimental)
II. Number of Credits
1 credit
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information

This course is individualized and self-paced.

The majority of instruction is computer based.

VI. Catalog Course Description

This self-paced course assesses, strengthens, and develops reading skills. Focus of instruction is on basic comprehension skills which are assessed by the College’s placement test, such as identification of main idea, supporting details, sentence relationships, and author’s purpose and tone.

VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    Students will:
    • demonstrate improved general comprehension of passages by identification and/or statement of topic, main idea, general and specific details;
    • recognize transition words and organizational patterns in paragraphs;
    • distinguish between fact and opinion;
    • formulate valid conclusions bases on stated and implied information; and
    • identify the author’s purpose and tone.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    Students complete a diagnostic reading assessment in My Reading Lab and based on their performance are assigned learning modules at the appropriate skill level in the following areas:
    • Main Idea
    • Supporting Detail
    • Sentence Relationship
    • Inference
    • Author’s Purpose/Rhetorical Strategies
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    • track progress by monitoring their learning path;
    • complete online assessments;
    • conference with the instructor throughout the semester to review their progress in the online reading program, and
    • take the Accuplacer reading placement test.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    Students use College online learning modules, websites, and teacher assigned reading packets.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.