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ESL 094R Reading for Reasoning for English Language Learners
Credit Hours:  3
Effective Term: Fall 2007
SUN#: None
AGEC: None
Credit Breakdown: 3 lectures
Times for Credit: 1
Grading Option: A/F
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Description: Designed to focus the learner on a primary content area to improve reading comprehension and critical reading skills while improving language development. The course also includes the development of advanced vocabulary, comprehension skills, and cultural awareness. (This course satisfies the pre-requisite or placement requirement of RDG094.)

Prerequisites: App ESL placement score or successful completion ESL091R

Corequisites: none

Recommendations: None

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. Define unknown English words in sentences using context clues and syntax.
2. Distinguish between common English word structures that help identify word meanings.
3. Comprehend content without the use of translation.
4. Use logic and sound reasoning to analyze text.
5. Identify writers' agendas and purposes.
6. Apply North American writers' techniques for a better understanding of text and one's own writing.
7. Apply various strategies for taking notes, studying, and taking tests.
8. Describe cultural differences and commonalties based on information from personal experiences and literary sources.
9. Use correct pronunciation and intonation patterns.
Internal/External Standards Accreditation
Given college level reading material:

1A Describe common English reading strategies for using context and grammar clues to decode word meanings.
1B Pronounce and orally read aloud words based on standard English stress patterns.
1C Identify synonyms, antonyms, definitions, and explanations built into sentences, and utilize overall meanings of sentences to decode word meanings.

2A Describe common English reading strategies for using word structures to decode meaning.
2B Identify affixes (including Greek and Latin roots) and syllables as an aid to define vocabulary.

3A Identify main ideas and supporting details in inductive and deductive paragraphs using readings about aspects of American culture.
3B Paraphrase sentences and simple and complex paragraphs without plagiarizing.
3C Locate and analyze thesis and topic statements in paragraphs.
3D Summarize the topic, thesis, sub-topics, main ideas, and details of a reading selection without plagiarizing.
3E Infer main ideas when they are not directly stated.
3F Create a properly formatted outline of topic, thesis, subtopics, main ideas, and details.
3G Identify cause/effect, chronology, definitions, examples, comparisons/contrasts, and conditional statements.

4A Use inductive and deductive reasoning to analyze texts.
4B Identify and evaluate facts, opinions, analogies, and conditional logic.
4C Generate facts, opinions, analogies, and conditional logic.

5A Identify writer's points of view and locate contrasting points of view.
5B Differentiate reasoning, tone, attitude, and bias in written text.

6A Define and identify connotation and denotation.
6B Define and identify dialogue, figurative language, imagery, similes, metaphors, and irony.
6C Form and apply generalizations in writing.
6D In written form, support generalizations with facts, opinions, and reasoned opinions.
6E In written form, evaluate the credibility of other writers facts, opinions, and reasoned opinions.

7A Use the Cornell notetaking method, or other college-level notetaking methods, for taking notes over text and lecture materials.
7B Describe, evaluate, and/or compare the benefits and disadvantages of various study strategies.
7C Explain how test-taking strategies relieved one's own test anxiety.

8 Produce summaries that compare and contrast cultures based on personal experiences and literary sources.

9 Overall fluency, pronunciation, and intonation show significant improvement from beginning to the end of the class.