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Course Syllabus

Course: ESL 0241

Division: Humanities
Department: English/Second Language
Title: Level 1 Content Based Reading

Semester Approved: Summer 2015
Five-Year Review Semester: Summer 2020
End Semester: Summer 2021

Catalog Description: This eight-week content based reading course is designed to give students the opportunity to develop reading skills in English in several content areas. Students will use a variety of authentic reading materials to learn basic prereading and reading strategies. These strategies are designed to improve their reading comprehension. The reading materials will also be used to expand the students' vocabulary.

Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 2; Lecture: 3; Lab: 0
Clock/Hour Requirements: 0

Prerequisites: Placement in ESL 0241 through the department

Justification: The ESL Department at Snow College houses the intensive ESL program which is accredited through the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP). The four-level program provides instruction for students at Levels 1,2, 3, and 4 (elementary through exit levels). This course is a core course for Level 1.

General Education Outcomes:
1: A student who completes the GE curriculum will have a fundamental knowledge of human cultures and the natural world, with particular emphasis on American institutions, the social and behavioral sciences, the physical and life sciences, the humanities, the fine arts and personal wellness.  Students learn to preread, skim, scan, read for the main idea and read for details. Students learn techniques for improvement of reading skills such as questioning, outlining, and summarizing. Students will read texts, answer questions and participate in classroom discussions. Students will be tested on vocabulary and ideas presented in the texts.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to use reading strategies they have learned in various content areas. Students will have increased their English vocabulary, improved their reading skills, and learned to determine meanings of words by context. They will know how to discuss and summarize what they have read. 

Students will demonstrate the mastery of the above skills through completing daily extensive reading tasks, taking reading comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary quizzes, completing reading exercises in the textbook, and successfully passing midterm and final reading exams.  

Authentic, unaltered books and other reading materials of an academic nature will be used to introduce students to topics that they will be reading and hearing about in future ESL classes. Students will learn about pre-reading strategies and other reading strategies such as determining meaning from context and looking for markers which indicate the major rhetorical patterns in English. Novels or short stories of the instructor's choice, at the appropriate level, may also be used.

Key Performance Indicators:
At the instructor's discretion, attendance (20%-25%), homework (20%-25%), reading logs (20%-25%), quizzes (20%-25%) and tests (20%-25%) will be used for the purpose of assessment. Percentages are approximate. In order to pass the course, students must demonstrate a B mastery of course materials. Students who earn a grade below B will be required to repeat the course.











Representative Text and/or Supplies:
This course offers students broad exposure to a variety of readings. Current editions will be used. The following list is illustrative:

Linda Jeffries and Beatrice S. Mikulecky, Basic Reading Power 1, Pearson Education

Rosa Parks, I am Rosa Parks, Penguin Group

Monica Kulling, Escape North! The Story of Hariet Tubman, Random House

Johanna Hurwitz, Helen Keller, Random House

Judy Donnelly, The Titanic: Lost ... and Found, Random House

Monica Kulling, The Great Houdini: World-Famous Magician and Escape Artist, Random House

Pedagogy Statement:

Maximum Class Size: 20
Optimum Class Size: 10