AESL103 Reading Skills for International Students

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

I. Course Number and Title
AESL103 Reading Skills 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.

  • Students are encouraged to take AESL101 and AESL103 concurrently. 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 of class time.
  • 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.
VI. Catalog Course Description
AESL103 is a reading course designed for intermediate level international students. Reading skills focus on reading comprehension and familiarity with American culture; vocabulary development, including word definition, denotation, connotation, and American idioms. Transferability determined by transfer institution.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    In this reading course, students will be able to

    1. connect American history and culture through reading;
    2. demonstrate basic comprehension skills: understand the main idea, recall specific facts, organize supporting detail, and make inferences;
    3. read and demonstrate comprehension of texts that are written for an audience whose primary language is American English;
    4. develop the ability to read independently to further enhance comprehension and vocabulary development;
    5. respond orally and in writing to assigned texts and a variety of authentic materials;
    6. develop vocabulary for fluency in written and oral communication, including the use of common American idioms and expressions;
    7. identify plagiarism and adhere to the principles of academic integrity;
    8. validate their use of the different learning resources available at Bucks County Community College, such as the Tutoring Center;
    9. develop advanced reading skills in order to earn a C or better in the course, and demonstrate progress by improving their performance on a final proficiency test.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    Reading/Writing/Vocabulary Students will

    1. read texts that promote comprehension, discussion, and written evaluation of American history and cultural values and their effects on various institutions and aspects of American life;
    2. read a variety of authentic materials, such as newspapers, magazines, and internet articles in order to write summaries and personal reactions;
    3. read an American novel, biography, or collection of short stories for small group or class discussions, composition, or oral presentations;
    4. engage in self-selected free reading written in American English;
    5. complete teacher-prepared plagiarism exercise;
    6. interact out-of-class with other second language learners or native speakers to share and discuss written material;

    Other learning activities 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, 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 - 3/06; Revised 4/06; New Core 8/2015