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2019-2020 Course Catalog 
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ESOL 0042 - Reading IV

Credits: 4
Hours/Week: Lecture None Lab None
Course Description: This course develops your ability to understand a variety of written materials. You will learn to identify main ideas and supporting details in non-fiction, increase your reading rate and comprehension, and analyze features of fiction. Summary writing and how to make use of library resources are also included. In addition, you will increase your vocabulary using a variety of strategies.
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s):  Appropriate scores on the language proficiency test with background information, oral interview, and writing sample or ESOL 0032  with a grade of C or higher.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: ESOL 0031  with a grade of C or higher.

Major Content
  1. Reading Strategies and Skills Pre-reading Skimming to develop context or recognize main ideas Scanning for specific information Choosing reading styles/strategies appropriate for various text types Increasing reading speed Analyzing sentences to aid comprehension of texts Using context clues to facilitate comprehension Recognizing and understanding cohesive devices Identifying main ideas and supporting ideas Recognizing words and sentences with equivalent meaning Summarizing and paraphrasing passages after reading Identifying academic thought
  2. Reading Strategies and Skills Sequencing ideas/events and outlining a text Distinguishing fact from opinion Making inferences Responding to questions using information from text and/or background knowledge Stating reasons for agreeing or disagreeing with an author Discussing fiction in terms of setting, character, plot, tone and theme Interpreting charts, graphs, maps, tables, and other graphic material Reading and following directions for academic and technical tasks
  3. Vocabulary Skills Using a dictionary to: Find the pronunciation of words (especially stress) and part of speech Select appropriate definition for a word in a context Understand meanings of abbreviations used (v.t., adj., esp.) Identify related word forms Using context clues to guess/infer word meaning Identifying affixes and roots Developing individual learning strategies Identifying parts of speech and using appropriate word forms in sentences
  4. Culture Using information from texts to gain knowledge of American culture in relationship to other cultures Recognizing differences between author’s and student’s cultural assumptions
  5. Text Types Textbooks and manuals Print media and the Internet Fiction and nonfiction of varying lengths
  6. Academic Skills in U.S. Culture Note-taking Highlighting & underlining Taking margin notes Test-taking Recognizing and applying strategies for multiple choice and short answer tests Developing short and long answers
  7. Resource Materials Becoming familiar with library materials and procedures Finding and evaluating online information Comparing information in different types of resources (e.g., magazines, encyclopedias, Internet, etc.)

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Use pre-, during-, and post-reading strategies to enhance comprehension
  2. Assess effectiveness of strategies and adjust as necessary
  3. Recognize simple patterns of organization
  4. Identify main and supporting ideas in a variety of text types
  5. Summarize and paraphrase
  6. Use context clues to identify part of speech and infer meaning
  7. Develop individualized strategies for learning vocabulary words
  8. Articulate connections between readings and personal experience
  9. Demonstrate an increased reading rate
  10. Expand vocabulary
  11. Increase background knowledge through reading and discussion
  12. Interpret charts, graphs, maps, tables, and other graphic material
  13. Interpret fiction
  14. Produce an outline of a non-fiction passage
  15. Utilize library and computer resources

Competency 1 (1-6)
Competency 2 (7-10)

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