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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 helps students further develop reading proficiency with comprehension, vocabulary, and critical reading, and become more active, reflective, and strategic readers. Emphasis is on approaches to reading that apply to college-level courses across the disciplines.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Students must be able to:

•    Identify their reading process, evaluate comprehension, and adjust it accordingly.
•    Demonstrate comprehension of multi-page, nonfiction texts of various genres whose difficulty is at or near the college-level
•    Write summaries that distinguish between minor details and key ideas of texts.
•    Critically analyze and evaluate texts at or near the college-level
•    Demonstrate the ability to relate background knowledge to texts.
•    Connect different ideas found within a single text.
•    Identify distinctions between what the author of a text states and what their sources state.
•    Employ word-learning strategies to unfamiliar vocabulary items independently.
•    Reflect on the processes of reading and learning.

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.    Plagiarism
B.    The Reading/Learning Process
C.    Schema Building/Activation
D.    Meta-cognition
E.    Responding to texts
F.    Strategic Reading: Organize Information, Summarize
G.    Summary Writing
H.    Annotation
I.    Vocabulary strategies: Dictionaries, Contextual Inferences, Word Parts
      

Topics may be covered concurrently, recursively, or in other orders.


VII.  Methods of Instruction

Course may be taught as a face-to-face, hybrid, or online course.

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

Per departmental policy, course readings will include a minimum of 350 pages, primarily nonfiction that is at or near the college level, and will include at least one book-length text. Students will write a minimum of 1,500 words during the semester.

Instructors will vary in the particular readings and assignments. Assignments may include comprehension questions (multiple-choice or short-answer), critical thinking questions, vocabulary questions, reader-response questions, analysis of case-studies of learning, personal reflections, summaries of readings, annotated versions of readings, reading journals, vocabulary journals, etc.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

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

Per departmental policy, texts for EGL 094 will be primarily nonfiction, from various genres and academic disciplines (e.g. from an anthology). The difficulty level will be at or near college-level. The length will be multi-page, including at least one book-length text. The text may be a traditional textbook, a nonfiction trade book, or an anthology.


X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Whether a student’s reading placement moves up to EGL-110 will depend on their receiving a passing course grade in EGL-094.

The following formula will be used:

Common Summary
At the end of the semester, all EGL-094 students will complete the Common Summary, an in-class summary of a short reading chosen by the department.

Grading Formula
Individual faculty have discretion over assignments and assessments, but per department policy, the overall grade in the class will consist of the following percentage breakdown:


10%    Class participation (attendance, group-work, discussion, other in-class activities)
40%    In-class assessments of reading ability (e.g. quizzes and tests), including but not limited to the EGL 094 Common Summary. Other in-class assessments may include, but are not limited to, comprehension questions (multiple-choice or short-answer), critical-thinking questions, vocabulary questions, reader-response questions, analysis of case-studies of learning, summaries of readings, etc.
50%    At-home assignments, which may include, but are not limited to, comprehension questions (multiple-choice or short-answer), critical thinking questions, vocabulary questions, reader-response questions, analysis of case-studies of learning, personal reflections, summaries of readings, annotated versions of readings, reading journals, vocabulary journals, etc.

At the end of the term, the course grade is computed as follows:

Pass    70% and above
Fail    Below 70%

XI.   Other Course Information

A.    Attendance policy
B.    Class policy on make-up exams, incomplete grades, late assignments, classroom behavior, etc.
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.