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Reading Strategies for College

I.     Course Prefix/Number: EGL 093

       Course Name: Reading Strategies for College

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Completion of EGL 089 or EGL 092, and referral by a faculty member.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course provides intensive individual practice in reading, in small class setting. Focus is on remediation of reading difficulties.

IV.   Learning Objectives

The student will perfect appropriate techniques to remediate individual reading problems which include:
A.    Increasing skimming, predicting, questioning, clarifying, and summarizing skills
B.    Improving ability to identify main ideas and to comprehend them
C.    Developing strategies for answering literal and inferential questions
D.    Evaluating author’s viewpoints and analyzing support
E.    Comparing and contrasting information from different sources
F.    Reading and interpreting different types of resources, including charts, graphs, maps, and other reference sources

V.    Academic Integrity

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

VI.   Sequence of Topics

The course topics will be designed to build on the students’ strengths and remediate their weaknesses.
This outline may be revised to meet the needs of the class.

Weeks    Sequence of Topics

1    Understanding of the reading process:  Schema Theory Metacognition

2 & 3    Prereading:  skimming, predicting, brainstorming, previewing, questioning, increasing and drawing on background knowledge.

4 & 6    Building vocabulary:  using the dictionary, context clues, and affixes.

7,8 & 9    Improving comprehension:  reading with a purpose, detecting main ideas, recognizing details.

10,11 & 12    Understanding and evaluating ideas:  clarifying, questioning, identifying the author’s position, detecting underlying assumptions and classifying evidence.

13,14 & 15    Reading in the content fields:  understanding different subjects; learning how to read graphs, tables and charts; and taking exams.

16    Final Evaluations

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Methods of presentation include lectures, computer programs, small group discussions and individual educational plan.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Students will be expected to complete in-class exercises, work on computer software; participate in group discussions; and complete homework assignments.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Computer Lab Materials and instructor prepared materials.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Homework assignments, assessment of individual plan, standardized and informal tests will be used.

XI.   Other Course Information

A.    Attendance is required
B.    All assignments must be completed
C.    Students must adhere to class policy on make-up exams, incomplete grades and late assignments
D.    Students are encouraged to use the Academic Assistance Center and tutorial services to facilitate skill development and use support services, e.g. Learning Lab, audio-visual

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.