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ESL-098 Academic Reading III

Course Syllabus

3 Credits

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Grade of C or better in ESL-086, ESL-087, ESL-088, and ESL-089, or placement.


This advanced course focuses on the critical and analytical reading skills necessary for success with college level materials. Students demonstrate comprehension of level-appropriate readings through class discussions, writing assignments, and other assessments. Students also develop critical (higher order) thinking skills by interacting with the readings and by summarizing, paraphrasing, quoting, responding to, and evaluating readings. Students do extensive work on understanding and analyzing main ideas and supporting details of articles and essays. Students learn grammar and academic vocabulary in the context of the reading materials. Students must earn a C or better in order to pass the course.


Students can…

  • Use steps in the pre-reading process (preview, access prior knowledge, predict)
  • Recognize organization of reading/writer’s plan
  • Identify main ideas (stated or implied) and supporting details
  • Demonstrate an increased understanding of level-appropriate academic vocabulary
  • Use context clues to understand vocabulary
  • Use a dictionary to understand parts of speech, pronunciation key, and multiple meanings
  • Demonstrate comprehension of level appropriate readings on a test
  • Write about a reading by summarizing, paraphrasing, responding, quoting, and citing
  • Draw inferences
  • Understand referents
  • Read critically (distinguish fact and opinion)
  • Understand idioms, metaphors, figures of speech
  • Recognize purpose, perspective, mood and tone (formal, informal, serious, humorous, etc)
  • Use textbook reading techniques/understand the structure of a textbook
  • Use proper MLA format
  • Demonstrate proficiency of the grammar in the 098 curriculum


Concepts for Today, 3rd edition by Lorraine C. Smith, Heinle Cengage Publishing, 2011.


This class will include lecture, class discussion, group work and individual work. Students are expected to be prepared for class and to participate. Most reading will be done outside of class. Writing will be done both inside and outside the class. Groups will be asked to give some informal presentations or explanations to the class. Some quizzes will be given without notice. Students will usually be able to rewrite at-home compositions for a higher grade; in this case 1st and 2nd copies of the work must be submitted to the instructor. Students may be required to complete assignments in the Language Lab.


Plagiarism will be discussed in this course. Basically, it is the unauthorized use of someone else’s work. Examples of plagiarism include copying ideas or sentences from a textbook or Internet article without using quotation marks or without including the source with the essay. Plagiarized work may result in a failing grade for the assignment or for the course, or a student may be asked to leave the course. All students are asked to read the Student Code of Conduct in the Student Handbook. All students must complete the plagiarism course at this website and print a copy for me: https://www.indiana.edu/~istd/test.html


All students are expected to be present and on time for each class. It is your responsibility to make up work if you are absent. If you miss a class, you must come to me in class or in my office to get any missing work. Three absences will result in a 1/3 letter grade drop (A to A-, A- to B+, etc.) Each successive absence will cause a 1/3 drop in the final grade.


All out of class assignments must be typed in “times new roman” font size 12, double-spaced, and should include your name, the class, the date, and a title. Save your work on a flash drive. Save all assignments that have been graded and returned to you. Assignments are due on the assigned date. Late assignments may result in a lower grade.


All students are expected to behave in a manner considerate of the instructor and the other students. Disruptive students may be asked to leave the class. Students must turn off cell phones during class. If you need to receive a call because of some emergency, please let the instructor know at the beginning of class.


Writing assignments (weekly): 60%
Quizzes: 10%
Midterm Test: 15%
Final Test: 15%
Total: 100%


A=94-100 A-=90-93 B+=87-89 B=83-86 B-=80-82 C+=77-79 C=70-76 D=60-69 F=below 60

This syllabus may be subject to change.