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De Anza SKIL 100 - SKIL100 COURSE OUTLINE

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DE ANZA COLLEGELANGUAGE ARTS DIVISIONCOURSE OUTLINESkills 100, 100X Effective Quarter Fall 2003Non-Degree ApplicableI. Course InformationSKIL 100 (1/2 Unit), 100X (1 Unit)Reading SkillsPrerequisite(s): NoneCo-requisite: NoneGrading Scale: Pass-No Pass (P-NP) courseDuration: One-hour lecture-laboratory for each one-half unit of creditShort Course Description: An individualized program of instruction for students who want to improve their reading skills for academic or workplace environments. Focus on active reading, previewing techniques, textbook reading strategies, basic and critical comprehension, vocabulary in context, textbook reading strategies, and workplace reading. Students are evaluated and interviewed upon entering the class, and an individual program of written and computer-assisted assignments is developed to improve the reading skills neededII. Course ObjectivesDepending on the modules assigned, students will be able to:A. Monitor their own reading comprehension through journals and summaries.B. Apply pre-reading techniques to various text typesC. Recognize stated and implied main ideas in a reading selectionD. Identify supporting details in a reading selectionE. Identify patterns of organization and structural elements in a textF. Determine the meaning of new words on the basis of contextG. Apply study-reading techniques to textbook readingH. Analyze the author's purpose, detect bias, and recognize the author's toneI. Identify and simplify key information in work-related textsIII. Essential Student MaterialsNoneIV. Essential College FacilitiesAcademic Skills Center equipped with library of texts and instructional materials, a quiet work area, a group workshop area, and several computers and a printerfor instructor-supervised word-processing and demonstration of educational software.V. Expanded Description: Content and FormAfter completing a diagnostic test and initial instructor conference, each student will be assigned to complete Module One plus one or more of the modules listed below.Module One: Introduction to Active Reading: I. Developing self-awareness of how you readA. Keeping a Reading JournalB. Monitoring ComprehensionCheckpoint AssignmentII. Pre-reading StrategiesA. Discovering What You Already KnowB. Determining a Purpose for ReadingC. Formulating QuestionsD. PredictingMastery AssignmentModule Two: Basic Comprehension TechniquesI. Reading for Main Ideas and Supporting detailsA. Recognizing the main idea1. Locating Directly Stated Main Ideas2. Formulating Implied Main IdeasB. Identifying Supporting Details1. Reasons2. Examples3. Facts4. AnecdotesCheckpoint AssignmentII. Patterns of OrganizationA. Illustration/ExampleB. DefinitionC. Comparison/contrastD. Cause and EffectE. Chronological orderIII. Writing summariesMastery AssignmentModule Three: Vocabulary and ReadingI. Using Context CluesA. ExperienceB. ExamplesC. Synonyms/AntonymsD. Typography (boldface, underlined text)E. PunctuationF. Word partsCheckpoint AssignmentII. Using a DictionaryIII. Techniques for Remembering New WordsA. Personal Word ListB. Word CardsC. Sentences Using New WordsMastery Assignment Module Four: Textbook Reading StrategiesI. Strategies for Reading in Specific Disciplines(to be determined by instructor based on pretest, conference, and questionnaire)A. Social SciencesB. Natural SciencesC. HumanitiesD. OtherII. Surveying textbooksA. Guide QuestionsB. Identifying Key TermsC. Visual MarkersD. SummariesCheckpoint AssignmentIII. Study-Reading and Review TechniquesA. Marking a textB. Taking Notes from TextC. OutliningD. Clustering/MappingE. SummarizingMastery AssignmentModule Five: Critical Reading StrategiesI. Understanding the Author's PurposeA. Informative WritingB. Persuasive WritingC. Distinguishing Between Fact and OpinionD. Interpreting Purpose, Tone and BiasCheckpoint AssignmentII. Analyzing and Evaluating ArgumentsA. Identifying Underlying AssumptionsB. Evaluating EvidenceIII. Reading to WriteA. Developing a Point of ViewB. Locating Textual Evidence to Support Your ViewMastery AssignmentModule Six: Reading in the WorkplaceI. Types of workplace readingA. InstructionsB. FormsC. Memos and LettersD. ReportsII. Identifying key information in memos, letters and reportsCheckpoint AssignmentIII. Simplifying and Organizing InformationA. MappingB. ChartingC. SummarizingIV. Building Job-Related VocabularyMastery AssignmentVI. AssignmentsFor each student, instructors will complete an Assignment Sheet indicating the modules assigned. For each module, instructors will specify materials (including texts and/or software) and assignments to match the student's ability level.A. Diagnostic test and instructor conference to determine start level and modules assigned.B. Practice assignments for each module: reading and comprehension exercises from assigned texts at appropriate ability level.C. Checkpoint assignments for each module: reading and comprehension exercises writing from assigned texts at appropriate ability level.D. Mastery assignment for each module: reading, comprehension exercises, and summary writing from assigned texts at appropriate ability level.E. Take-home reading journal assignments drawn from students’ areas of interest.F. Final reading/writing assignment integrating material from modules studied.VII. Methods of Evaluating ObjectivesModule Checkpoint Assignments and Mastery Assignments will be evaluated by instructors as students complete each module. Instructors will further evaluate progress at mandatory follow up conferences. Before completing the course, students will complete a final reading/writing assignment integrating material from modules studied.VIII. Texts and Supporting ReferencesA. Required Texts: NoneB. Supporting References:(Note: Texts for each module will be assigned by instructors to match students' ability levels. Many of the texts listed below cover topics in more than one module.)Module One: Introduction to Active ReadingMcWhorter, Kathleen T. Guide to College Reading. New York: Addison, Wesley, Longman, Inc. 1997.Phillips, Ann Dye, and Sotiriou, Peter. Steps to Reading Proficiency, 2 nd Edition, Wadsworth Publishing Company, Belmont, 1998.Roth, Audrey J. and Kahn, Sue. College Reading Skills and Strategies, 2 nd Edition. New York, St. Martin's Press, 1997.Other software, handouts, and/or web-based resources as assigned.Module Two: Basic Comprehension TechniquesChesla, Elizabeth. Reading Skills


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