READ090 Introduction to College Reading
Department of Language & Literature: Reading
- I. Course Number and Title
- READ090 Introduction to College Reading
- II. Number of Credits
- 3 credits
- III. Number of Instructional Minutes
- IV. Prerequisites
- Reading Placement test score Level 1, or AESL 103 (C or better), or permission of the Department of Language and Literature
- V. Other Pertinent Information
This course is mandatory for students who score at Level 1 on the College's reading placement test. It must be taken the semester immediately following the test.
Students scoring into READ090 are limited in their enrollment to an approved list of courses until they pass READ090 with a grade of C or better.
READ090, like other developmental courses, is non-transferrable.
- VI. Catalog Course Description
- This introductory course develops students' ability to apply, monitor and adjust a variety of reading strategies for increased comprehension and metacognitive awareness. The focus of this course is to develop the reading competencies necessary for success in college level courses.
- VII. Required Course Content and Direction
Course Learning Goals
- improve comprehension through the development of discrete reading skills;
- utilize active reading strategies for increased comprehension of written material;
- develop the metacognitive skills necessary to monitor, apply and adjust reading strategies for increased understanding; and
- demonstrate reading competency at Level 2 as measured by a department-approved reading assessment.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities
Throughout the academic term, reading skills and strategies are developed through activities designed to scaffold skill development. To meet course objectives, students read various materials of increasing complexity and length in order to:
- analyze short paragraphs and complete related quizzes and activities to build discrete comprehension skills, such as utilization of context clues, topic, main idea, supporting details, transition words, and organizational patterns;
- distinguish fact from opinion, identify the author's purpose and tone, and formulate valid conclusions based on stated and implied information;
- organize written information through such strategies as marking text, mapping and/or outlining;
- engage in active reading by applying strategies to preview material, to activate prior knowledge, to set a purpose for reading, and to predict outcomes;
- increase metacognitive awareness by reflecting on strategies used to understand text and adjusting for increased comprehension.
Assessment Methods for Course Learning GoalsCourse learning goals are assessed by successful completion of skill modules in the online learning system, quizzes, skill evaluations, class activities and a department-approved assessment.
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 and authentic materials, such as newspaper articles and selections from college textbooks. See course syllabus.
Review/Approval Date - 4/07; Revised 02/2011; Revised 6/2017