Description: This course develops nonnative English studentsí reading and vocabulary skills for personal, academic, and professional communication using vocabulary-controlled materials based on concrete topics. The course includes practice in reading and comprehending simple short stories and articles, writing related sentences, and developing basic library skills.Focus is on literal comprehension, identifying the main idea, and developing a useful and personally relevant vocabulary base. Students who enroll in this course should have basic literacy skills in their native language and be familiar with Roman script.
Core Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to
1. Demonstrate literal comprehension of short texts based on concrete topics.
2. Identify the stated main idea of a short passage on a familiar topic.
3. Distinguish between general ideas and specific information
4. Extract basic information from simple illustrations such as graphs and charts.
5. Guess the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary by using simple word clues.
6. Use a monolingual ESL learnerís or picture dictionary to develop basic dictionary skills and build basic vocabulary, including common sight words.
a. Apply pre-reading strategies to set a purpose for reading and to increase comprehension.
b. Use new vocabulary in class discussions.
c. Write simple sentences in response to reading.