ESL 88 - ESL Reading & Vocabulary I

Course Description

ESL Reading & Vocabulary I begins giving second language learners the literacy skills they will need to be successful in college. Acquiring new vocabulary is an important part of this course. Students will do both extensive and intensive reading as well as read for pleasure. Vocabulary development, active reading strategies, silent reading and comprehension, and English sentence structure is covered in ESL 88.

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ESL 89

Recommended Prerequisites or Skills Competencies

Students may be placed in this course based on TOEFL scores and/or appropriate placement scores. Writing samples will aid in placement.

Other college designations supported by this course

Degree Req:Cultural Persp/Div

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Identify main ideas and supporting details in texts.
  • Acquire vocabulary.
  • Analyze texts.
  • Use new vocabulary.
  • Demonstrate the reading process from previewing to summarizing.
  • Read about current issues.
  • Connect what they read with situations in their lives.
Human Dimension:
  • Demonstrate resourcefulness in seeking out help.
  • Understand the importance of reading in relation to college success.
Caring - Civic Learning:
  • Interact with peers to help them with their reading comprehension.
  • Reflect on topics they read about.
Learning How to Learn:
  • Develop strategies for learning new vocabulary.
  • Meet homework goals.
  • Construct self-understanding through reading.