READ089 Fast Track Reading

Department of Language & Literature: Reading

I. Course Number and Title
READ089 Fast Track Reading
II. Number of Credits
1 credit
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
Students with a reading placement level of 1 or 2 may use this course as an alternate, accelerated pathway through the developmental reading sequence. Successful completion of the course does not indicate progression to the next reading level. Progression to the next reading level requires demonstrated reading proficiency as measured by an approved placement assessment.
VI. Catalog Course Description
Through the use of an individualized, web-based learning system and instructor guided group instruction, this course develops the reading competencies required for academic success. Emphasis is on the development of basic reading comprehension skills and the application of these skills and other strategies for increased reading proficiency.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. increase reading comprehension skills
    2. develop active reading strategies
    3. apply reading skills and strategies for increased understanding of text
    4. demonstrate increased reading proficiency as measured by a department approved assessment
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    Students will:

    1. utilize an online reading program that provides a diagnostic assessment of reading skills and creates an individualized learning path that consists of instructional modules at the appropriate skill level in the following areas:
      • Main Idea
      • Supporting Detail
      • Sentence Relationship
      • Inference
      • Author's Purpose/Rhetorical Strategies
    2. develop and improve reading skills by completing exercises related to an individually assigned series of progressively difficult expository texts that are aligned with student's reading level
    3. engage in an active approach to reading by previewing the material, connecting background knowledge, noting headings, reading introductions and summaries, and predicting outcomes
    4. select, monitor and adjust reading strategies for increased understanding of written material
    5. apply course learning for understanding, evaluating, and organizing information from thematic articles related to mindset, learning, academic success, or a related topic.
    6. demonstrate increased reading proficiency as measured by a department approved assessment
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Course learning goals are assessed by successful completion of the skills modules in the online learning system, quizzes, class activities and a department approved final assessment.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    This course uses departmentally-selected online instructional software, open educational resources, and instructor created materials. See course syllabus.

New Core 8/2015;Review/Approval Date 6/29/2017