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COLLEGE OF SCIENCE

University Of Santo Tomas


Espaa Blvd., Manila 1015 Philippines
Tel. Nos. (63-2) 7315728; (63-2) 4061611 local 8224
FAX: (63-2) 7409730


COURSE OUTLINE IN ENGLISH 2


Course Title: Enhancing Reading and Thinking Skills of College Freshmen

Course Description: The course aims primarily to develop students reading and thinking skills
for academic study. It equips students with an understanding of the reading skills
and thinking processes; and effective higher order reading strategies for
understanding academic texts. It also aims to prepare them for academic writing.

PART I: THE READING SKILL
Unit I: Familiarizing Ones Self with the Nature of Reading and Its Developmental Stages
1. Defining Reading
2. Stages of Reading Development
Unit II: Explaining the Process and Types of Reading
3. Explaining the Process of Reading
4. Types of Reading
Unit III: Understanding New Forms of Reading and the Text Types
5. Understanding Texts and Hypertexts
6. Reviewing the Text Types

PART II: READING SELECTIONS AND READING SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
Unit I: Reading for Self and Social Growth
7. Selection: History of Geek Civilization/Skill: Expanding Definitions
8. Selection: Zita/Skill: Figures of Speech
9. Selection: Youthful Exuberance/Skill: Context Clues
Unit II: Reading About Life Around You
10. Skills: Scanning, Skimming, and Comprehensive Reading/Selection:
Preserving the Past Photograph Preservation and Care
11. Skills: Reading Graphic and Semantic Organizers/Selection: Cardiovascular
Diseases
12. Skills: Critical Reading/Selection: How the Forest Should Look
Unit III: Reading for Better Living
13. Selection: Courage- Grace Under Pressure/Skill: Building a Connection Between
Reading and Writing
14, Selection: Painting, Poetry, and Music in Artistic Synergy/Skill: Using Different
Rhetorical or Discourse Modes and Patterns in Writing a Text
15. Selection: On His Blindness/Skill: Writing a Text in a Process Manner

Course Requirements:
1. Active participation in class
2. Written reports and reaction papers
3. Course portfolio
4. Examinations
5. Self-assessment summary

Grading System:

Preliminary Grade: 50%
Class Standing ( quizzes, assignments, recitation, critique ) 60%
Major Examinations 40%

Final Grade: 50%
Class Standing ( quizzes, assignments, recitation, critique ) 60%
Major Examinations 40%

Prelim ( 50% ) + Pre-final ( 50% ) / 2 = FG

Textbook:
Aranda,M.R.,Baraceros, E.,& Visconde, C. (2011). Enhancing reading and thinking skills of
college students. Philippines: University of Santo Tomas Publishing House.