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Educational Goals and Learning Objectives:
Academic Reading and Writing I


In Academic English Reading and Writing Level I, students will engage in the primary tasks of any academic pursuit at a basic 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.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Read short assignments at a speed of 75 words per minute
  • Identify the main idea of a short reading selection
  • Recall facts from readings (fill in the blank, multiple choice, and short answers)
  • Use titles, sidebars,graphs, and pictures to predict content prior to reading
  • In their own words, re-tell key events from a reading passage
  • Read a simplified novel (Penguin Reader level III)
  • State opinions in response to reading
  • Use information from reading to make simple charts or graphs
  • Use facts from readings to make choices

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

  • Locate an entry in an English-English dictionary
  • Identify parts of speech and definitions in an English-English dictionary
  • Match meaning and/or grammatical function to basic prefixes and suffixes
  • Label synonyms and antonyms
  • Predict meanings and parts of speech for new words, using sentence clues
  • Organize a visual system for learning and reviewing vocabulary information

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

  • Write a paragraph with simple sentences from dictation
  • Re-write a story using own words
  • Answer questions based on reading passages in complete sentences
  • Write a paragraph with appropriate mechanics: capitalization, indention, periods, commas, and quotation marks
  • Write a narrative paragraph with a topic sentence and supporting details
  • Write a descriptive paragraph with a topic sentence and supporting details
  • Revise written work, based on teacher comments
  • Self-edit written work with some guidance from the teacher

 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 the Lion's Den (login required)
  • Find an appropriate graded reader in the library

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