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Reading Improvement

I.     Course Prefix/Number: EGL 094

       Course Name: Reading Improvement

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Appropriate score on placement test.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course teaches strategies to improve reading comprehension and efficiency necessary for handling college level reading material. Focus is on developing effective reading skills. Content includes lectures, discussions, collaborative learning. Methods include Great Books approach and computer assisted instruction.

    Activities include lectures, discussions, collaborative learning, assigned readings, and computer assisted instruction.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Further develop student competency toward efficient college reading by reinforcing skills which include:

    A.    Recognizing stated and implied main ideas commonly found in the organizational patterns of college reading materials.
    B.    Developing critical reading abilities e.g., analyzing different points of view, making judgments and inferences, and drawing conclusions.
    C.    Expanding vocabulary, both general and content-specific.
    D.    Acquiring effective study/reading techniques.
    E.    Learning the basics of document reading.
    F.    Identifying and applying appropriate study strategies for particular academic disciplines.   
    G.    Pursuing reading choices to include literature beyond the academic setting.

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

    A.    Development and use of schema
    B.    Awareness of metacognition
    C.    Expansion of vocabulary
    D.     Recognition of topics, main ideas, and supporting details in different kinds of reading materials
    E.     Acquisition of study strategies for specific academic tasks
    F.    Document reading
    G.    Inferential and evaluative reading skills
    H.    Shared Inquiry method: Great Books (optional)

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lectures, readings, formal and informal assessments, lab work, and writing-to-reinforce-reading assignments
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

    A.     Assigned readings
    B.     Lectures
    C.     Formal and informal assessment measures
    D.     Lab work
    E.     Writing assignments e.g., journals, book reviews, logs

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

    A.    See listing for suggested textbooks
    B.    Lab materials
    C.    Additional reading materials
    D.    Resource books: dictionary, thesaurus, spelling guide

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

    A.    Standardized and informal tests administered at the beginning and at the end of the course
    B.    Activities related to lecture and text topics
    C.    Evaluations in the forms of exams and quizzes based on class lectures and text information
    D.    Individual conferences to assess each student's strengths and difficulties
    E.    Completion of special assignments e.g., book reviews, logs, journals, study/reading plans

XI.   Other Course Information

    A.    Attendance
    B.    Class policy on make-up exams, incomplete grades, late assignments
    C.    Support services i.e., the Academic Assistance Center, tutorial program

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.