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Course Syllabus

Course: ESL 1040

Division: Humanities
Department: English/Second Language
Title: Level 3 Content-Based Reading

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

Catalog Description: This course is designed to develop reading skills needed to prepare students to participate in academic coursework in colleges and universities. Students will read and discuss a variety of authentic texts and be introduced to specific discourse markers. The course will contribute to vocabulary development. Some emphasis will be placed on reading for entertainment and general information.

Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 2; Lecture: 4; Lab: 0
Clock/Hour Requirements: 0

Prerequisites: Successful completion of ESL 0441 or placement in ESL 1040 through the department

Justification: The ESL Department at Snow College houses the intensive ESL programwhich is accredited through the American Association of Intensive EnglishPrograms (AAIEP).The four-level program provides instruction for students at Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4 (elementary through exiting levels). This course is part of the core curriculum for Level 3. This course prepares ESL students for the academic reading that will make up an integral part of their study in regular academic college courses.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Successful ESL 1040 students will know and use strategies to approach academic readings and successfully comprehend them. Students will have made significant gains in vocabulary usage in various content areas. 

Students will demonstrate the mastery of the above skills through class presentations, homework assignments, tests and a final exam. 

The course will focus on academic reading comprehension from a variety of texts from various academic fields of study. Typical topics for academic readings are world health issues, social science, linguistics, science, education, and history.

Key Performance Indicators:
Percentages are approximate. Students who earn a grade below B (85%) will be required to repeat the course. At the instructor's discretion the following criteria will be used for the purpose of assessment:

Attendance 15-25% 

Class participation 15-25% 

Homework 15-25% 

Quizzes 15-25% 

Tests 25-35% 






Representative Text and/or Supplies:
Kenneth J. Pakenham, Making Connections: An Interactive Approach to Academic Reading, current edition, Cambridge University Press

Pedagogy Statement:

Maximum Class Size: 20
Optimum Class Size: 10