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2020-2021 Course Catalog 
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ESOL 0052 - Reading V

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture None Lab None
Course Description: This course focuses on developing advanced reading skills by reading and analyzing college-level texts of different genres. Students will learn and use reading skills and strategies, new vocabulary and vocabulary strategies, and academic skills needed for success in college. Special emphasis will be placed on developing the background knowledge and critical thinking skills necessary for comprehension of academic texts typical to higher education in the United States.
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): ESOL 0042  with a grade of C or higher, or appropriate scores on the language proficiency test with background information, oral interview, and writing sample, or instructor consent.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: ESOL 0041  and ESOL 0043  with a grade of C or higher.

Major Content
  1. Reading Skills
    1. Text organization for different genres including college textbooks, literature, articles
    2. Critical Thinking - research, synthesizing information, evaluating sources and bias
    3. Identifying western rhetorical patterns (listing/chronological, classification comparison/contrast, cause/effect, persuasive)
    4. Comprehension skills - Fact v Opinion, inference, main ideas with support/evidence
    5. Graphics ¿ charts, graphs, tables, diagrams
    6. Analyzing language of complex and difficult texts
  2. Reading Strategies
    1. Building schema/background knowledge; expanding knowledge of U.S. and Academic culture
    2. Connecting to the text
    3. Understanding citations and footnotes
    4. Annotating a text
    5. Strategies to increase reading rate
  3. Vocabulary Skills ¿
    1. Using advanced context clues
    2. Understanding English collocations, phrasal verbs, and idiomatic expressions
    3. Using dictionaries for advanced-level vocabulary
    4. Understanding English signal words, markers, and cohesive devices in a text
    5. Understanding word families and forms
  4. Academic Skills for College in the U.S.
    1. Outlining, summarizing, mapping
    2. Paraphrasing academic English
    3. Skimming and scanning
    4. Test preparation, including predicting test questions, critical thinking for tests, essay/short answer, vocabulary of tests, following written instructions,

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

  1. analyze texts using critical thinking skills.
  2. annotate a text with markings and notes.
  3. comprehend texts and graphs, including college-level textbook materials.
  4. create outlines, summaries, or maps of material in texts.
  5. prepare for and successfully complete tests, including different types of test questions, test strategies and following instructions.
  6. use academic organizational patterns to support comprehension.
  7. use strategies for understanding and learning new vocabulary.

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

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