English Department: Reading
In college, we are faced with all different kinds of readings, written at all different levels of understanding. It is important that you, as students, have the tools to tackle even the hardest books and textbooks because not reading in college is not an option. And the skills and strategies for reading last far longer than college; they last long into your careers and are tools you can pass along to your families. The goal of the English Department's Reading courses is to promote student success by providing opportunities to review basic reading skills and develop critical reading strategies that encourage independent learning and personal growth. These courses help students reflect on how to best apply these strategies in their college classes so that they can master the material in their textbooks, not be overwhelmed by it!
The English Department's Reading Courses:
In Reading 25, students can expect to focus on the following:
● Increased comprehension: the ability to reader a higher level text with greater ease and fluency.
● The ability to read non-fiction, such as articles and other materials students find in a variety of courses. Special attention is paid to how to handle longer more difficult texts and how to break them apart and explain them, so students reader smarter and not harder.
● Greater appreciation and understanding for reading fiction
● Learn to develop meaningful questions as a form of annotation or preparation for classroom discussion to help discover deeper meaning and have more to say (and write) in relation what they have read.
● Students will learn quick reading tools that will help them remember what they read the first time, so they can save valuable time by not re-reading over and over.
In Reading 29, students can expect to focus on the following:
● The variety of texts they will be exposed to in college and be taught discipline specific reading strategies to help read a variety of textbooks.
● Help to demystify the dense college textbook. I read it, but now what? What does reading mean in history verses chemistry? How do I switch up reading styles to complement each class I take at ELAC?
● Strategies to help remember and identify important vocabulary from different kinds of materials and disciplines.
In Reading 101, students can expect to focus on the following:
● Understanding how arguments are constructed, so that the reader can see how some authors may try to persuade/ manipulate them to agree side with their biased opinion.
● The ability to break an argument apart to see what is there and what might be missing
● Develop skills to analyze visual arguments.
● Understanding what an argument is and how it works in relation to our everyday lives.