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Educational Goals and Learning Objectives, Academic Reading and Writing, Level IV

Goals:

In Academic English Reading and Writing Level IV, students will engage in the primary tasks of any academic pursuit at a high intermediate level: reading, critical thinking, research, and expository writing.  Students will use what they know about English to improve comprehension in reading, apply knowledge to writing tasks, and analyze information that they receive from texts, electronic sources, and other resources.  Students will also synthesize information they discover and evaluate the relevance of that information.  

Learning Outcomes:

At the conclusion of Academic English Reading and Writing IV, students should be able to:

  • Read short assignments at a speed of 150 words per minute
  • State the main idea of a text
  • Identify rhetorical modes according to key features of texts
  • Identify purpose, tone, and bias in a text
  • Recall facts from readings (fill in the blank, multiple choice, and short answers)
  • Preview content to predict content and connect content to background knowledge
  • Paraphrase key points from a text
  • Distinguish fact from opinion in arguments
  • Evaluate arguments from texts
  • Read longer texts with a 2500+ vocabulary level (Penguin Reader level VI)
  • State opinions in response to reading
  • Use information from reading to make inferences
  • Identify and explain some uses of figurative language
  • Use annotation and note-taking to enhance reading
  • Scan readings to find specific information

In addition, at the end ofthe course, students should be able to:

  • Identify all parts of an entry in an English-English dictionary
  • Match meaning and/or grammatical function to prefixes and suffixes
  • Label synonyms and antonyms
  • Find register and connotations for new vocabulary words
  • Use syntactic clues to determine parts of speech
  • Identify common Greek and Latin roots
  • Classify new words into word families

Also, by the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Summarize texts
  • Combine sentences correctly, avoiding comma splices, run-ons, and fragments
  • Use brainstorming techniques (concept maps, lists, and freewriting) to generate ideas for writing
  • Use outlines and graphic organizers to plan writing
  • Write paragraphs with topic sentences, supporting details, appropriate cohesive elements, and accuracy in mechanics
  • Plan and write a coherent,f ive-paragraph essay (compare/contrast, cause/effect, definition, argument)
  • Integrate some source material into written work with appropriate documentation
  • Revise written work, based on teacher comments
  • Self-edit written work

Finally, at the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Use a word processor to create a document
  • Save, retrieve, and edit documents on the computer
  • Access class information through Campus Pipeline
  • Find an appropriate graded reader in the Library
  • Use the Library Website to find articles relevant to classroom content
  • Use electronic communication to request and receive feedback on written work

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