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Reading Study Tips

Reading Study Tips

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Published by Andrea Bigoni
an help to improve your reading skills for the IELTS test
an help to improve your reading skills for the IELTS test

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Published by: Andrea Bigoni on Mar 23, 2010
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Student Workbook for 
Introduction to Academic Reading IIEnglish 190
3 units Prof. Dennis Doyleoffice: LB203 818-240-1000, ext.5343
ddoyle@glendale.edu http://english.glendale.edu
An Introduction to Critical Reading by Leah McCraney, 6th edEnglish 190 Syllabus/Workbooka pocket English Dictionaryalso needed: Scantron answer sheets, and notebook. You also need a current GCC picture studentidentification to use GCC computer labs.English 190
is a reading class designed for students who are generally good readers, but whowish to improve their vocabulary and comprehension of academic reading. It also meets the prerequisitefor English 191. Various word attack skills are covered including phonics, word analysis through thestudy of prefixes and word roots, and the use of context clues, but the emphasis of this class is inimproving comprehension. There is extensive use of computer assisted instruction to drill vocabulary andto practice skills covered in class.
Topics Covered
Phonics, word attack skills: including review of phonics, Greek & Latin roots, use of context clues,comprehension improvement including: drawing conclusions, finding main ideas, detection of bias,propaganda, advertising and media criticism.
Registration and Drops
It is your responsibility to see that you are officially registered, added, or dropped from a class. If you stop coming to class without dropping officially, you may get an "F" in this class. You may also bedropped by the teacher for excessive absences.
That you attend class, pass the 2 big tests, complete at least 16 hours of lab work outside of class this semester, and improve at least two grade levels in your reading. You cannot pass if you missmore than four classes, fail the tests or fail to complete lab work and written assignments. We expectyou to show that you are serious about the class by buying your textbooks immediately, being respectfulof the learning environment, showing up on time to every class unless you are seriously ill, being alert inclass, finishing assignments on time and not leaving class once it has started unless in an emergency or prearranged with Mr. Doyle. Please turn off cell phones and music players while in class. Makearrangements with the instructor before class time if you need to leave early for any reason.
Lab Work
At least one hour of lab work must be done each week. The lab work is available online at
. Follow the links to Mr. Doyle's English 190 page. You may do lab workfrom home or on any computer with internet access, including those on the GCC campus. If you use theEnglish Lab (AD 238) or the Learning Center's CAI Lab (AD 226) in the AD building, you will need a GCCpicture ID for entry. Access to the labs is free for enrolled students.
Final Exam - 35%Midterm Exam - 25%Participation -demonstrated by:-completing syllabus book - 10%-finishing lab work - 10%Book Report/Review - 15%General Reading Level Improvement (measured by standardized tests) - 5%Students may schedule makeup tests if they get a D or F on the midterm, but cannot makeup the Final. Itis the student's responsibility to withdraw officially from the college or drop classes when he or she stopsattending and to observe established deadlines, otherwise, "F'' grades may be assigned. Students areexpected to attend all classes; irregular class attendance and/or frequent tardiness may result in beingdropped. Students are also required to be respectful of the learning environment and to avoid disruptingclass by arriving late, engaging in personal conversation, or leaving class before the assigned dismissaltime. Because of the length of some classes, there may be a short break in the middle of a class period;students not returning at the assigned time will be marked absent. The book reports are due on the lastday of class. The date of the final is listed on the class web page and in the college schedule.
Student Learning Outcomes
* Apply knowledge of textbook strategies to preview and scan texts for main ideas. Discriminatebetween primary and subordinate statements in a paragraph and create and follow an outline.Discriminate between fact and opinion statements and recognize and determine the mode of propagandain a text.* Define and use at least 100 Greek or Latin roots and over 300 words based on those roots.* Write a book review which shows ability to analyze, synthesize, and think critically about a text.
Students with Disabilities
Mr. Doyle and GCC invite the participation of all students in this class. For special help andaccommodations, including obtaining special proctoring for tests, free note taking, assistance for blindstudents, etc. please contact the GCC Center for Students with Disabilities. These students' helpers, notetakers, guides and assistants are welcome as well.
Academic dishonesty policy
Glendale College has an Academic Dishonesty policy forbidding various types of cheating, includingplagiarism. Incidents of academic dishonesty will be referred to the Vice-President of Instruction's office.
Electronic device policy
Generally, cell phones, ipods, and other electronic devices should be turned off when class begins toavoid disrupting class. Students may not text-message or make or receive calls during class. However,students may use laptops in class to take notes or to access the class web page or the online syllabus.Abuse of this privilege may result in its revocation. Students may use digital recording devices to tapelectures. Students with disabilities and their assistants may use any necessary electronic accommodatingdevice.
Class Schedule
This outline may be changed as the class proceeds in order to accommodate a particular section’s strength or weakness and to work around holidays and unexpected class cancellations. It maybe changed also during short semesters. In addition to these subjects, we will be doing additionaloutside readings from current magazines, newspapers and materials from the internet.Week 1.Introduction, diagnostic testing, lab work orientationWeek 2.Begin lab work, review phonics skills and syllabication, study skillsWeek 3.Study skills: improving memory, SQ3RWeek 4.Using the context, and explain book reports.Week 5begin prefixes and roots assignWeek 6.More prefixes and rootsWeek 7.More prefixes and rootsWeek 8.Review prefixes and rootsWeek 9.Test on text VocabularyWeek 10.Begin basic comprehension, outlining from listsof objects, outlining from paragraphsWeek 11.General vs. specific, topic sentences, main ideaWeek 12.Drawing conclusions, inferencesWeek 13.Review, begin analogiesWeek 14.Critical reading: bias, author's purpose, considering sources.Fact vs. opinion, begin propaganda and critique of advertising.Week 15.Review for final exam.Week 16.book report due on day of final examSee the web page for last minute changes.

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