Effective College Reading

I.     Course Prefix/Number: EGL 110

       Course Name: Effective College Reading

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Students must take The Degrees of Reading Power which we use as a placement test and receive an appropriate score (a minimum score the equivalent of a tenth grade reading level).

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

This course covers reading skills and strategies for students to improve reading rate and comprehension for efficient college reading.  Activities include lectures, computer assisted instruction and exercises.  The classroom and the Academic Assistance Center are used for instruction.

IV.   Learning Objectives

a.    To diagnose and prescribe for individual reading differences.
b.    To increase reading proficiency.
c.    To facilitate student's ability to adapt reading style to content.
d.    To accurately assess the student's reading profile.
e.    To introduce the student to the reading process.
f.    To provide the student with tools for development of critical thinking.
g.    To promote the student's efficient use of college textbooks.
h.    To further the student's vocabulary development.
i.    To teach the student critical reading skills.
j.    To offer various techniques for increasing rate and flexibility.

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.    Introduction and Diagnosis
        1.    Degrees of Reading Power Test
        2.    Self evaluation of reading proficiency
        3.    Interview to determine student's conceptions of the reading process
    B.    The Reading Process (lecture/discussion)
        1.    The nature of reading
        2.    Alternative models of reading
        3.    Methods of improvement presupposed by various models
        4.    What the reader brings to the reading process
        5.    Techniques for identifying main idea and isolating details

    C.    Critical Thinking (lecture/discussion/practice)
        1.    The nature of critical thinking
        2.    Self evaluation of individual's mode of critical thinking
        3.    Inductive/deductive reasoning
        4.    Relationship between critical thinking and effective critical reading
    D.    Comprehension of College Textbooks (lecture/discussion/practice)
        1.    The reader's purpose
        2.    Questions which precede reading
        3.    Student's prior knowledge of subject
        4.    Author's organizational plan
        5.    Outlines and summaries
    E.    Vocabulary Development
        1.    Structural analysis
        2.    Contextual analysis
        3.    Connotation/denotation
        4.    Dictionary skills
    F.    Critical Reading
        1.    Author's point of view
        2.    Author's tone and intent
        3.    Objectivity/subjectivity of author and reader
        4.    Fact and opinion
        5.    Propaganda
    G.    Rate and Flexibility (lecture/discussion/practice)
        1.    Factors which limit reading speed
        2.    Skimming and scanning
        3.    Modes of style for reading different material
        4.    Techniques for increasing reading speed

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture / Discussion / Practice
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Reading, writing and testing

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.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

    Pre  and post diagnostic standardized tests.
    Interview with student.
    Daily class evaluation checks.

XI.   Other Course Information

    -attendance policy
    -for whatever information/procedures the instructor holds the students  accountable.

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.