Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
ESOL 150
Course Title:
Level 5 Reading
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Course Description

Presents reading as a process that involves determination of purpose, selection and adjustment of strategies, analysis and reflection of underlying meanings, and integration of prior knowledge with new knowledge to address the purpose. Covers content comprehension, textual analysis, critical thinking skills, study skills, and language analysis at the intermediate level. Includes using the dictionary, finding main ideas, summarizing, inferencing, using context clues and reviewing prereading techniques. Reviews word forms, common affixes, synonyms, and antonyms. Presents readings from textbooks and literature in the context of communicating in academic and adult life roles. Prerequisites: ESOL placement test OR successful completion of ESOL 40 or ESOL 40N; AND concurrent placement in (ESOL 42 and ESOL 44) or higher. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  1. Understand the development of reading as a process that involves determination of purpose, selection and adjustment of strategies, analysis and reflection of underlying meanings, and integration of prior knowledge with new knowledge to address the purpose.
  2. Acquire and use words and phrases found in intermediate level academic and everyday texts.
  3. Accurately read intermediate level academic and everyday texts composed of a variety of sentence structures with appropriate pacing, phrasing, and expression.
  4. Choose from a range of simple strategies and integrate them to monitor and/or enhance text comprehension.
  5. Form and express basic opinions and draw conclusions based on the information found in intermediate-level academic and everyday texts.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Suggestions for Assessing Outcome #1:

  1. Assess Read With Understanding Diaries (worksheet students can fill out to note how they are working through the reading process) to see how students use the process
  2. Conduct a Listening-In Assessment (teachers use this form to ask specific questions about the student€™s process) while students are reading
  3. Assess students€™ Reading with Understanding Self-Evaluation (self-evaluation that asks students to think about their reading process, usually on a particular assignment)
  4. Complete a Teacher Observation/Evaluation (Read with Understanding evaluation that asks Teachers to document students€™ reading process, usually on a particular assignment)

Suggestions for Assessing  Outcome #2:

  1. Assess individual student vocabulary logs
  2. Evaluate students€™ ability to complete fill-in-the-blank exercises using target vocabulary
  3. Assess students€™ ability to determine the meaning of new vocabulary words from the


            4. Evaluate students€™ use of new words in a culminating activity (presentation, paragraph, report, etc.)

             5. Assess students ability to complete word sorts, prefix/suffix sorts, or concept sorts

Suggestions for Assessing  Outcome #3:

  1. Assess student ability to mark a text for appropriate pausing
  2. Assess student progress based on a speed and comprehension log
  3. Assess student comprehension of the same text after one, two, or more readings
  4. Assess performance reading for pacing, phrasing,  intonation and expression (in readers theater, as an introduction to large group or book club discussion,  in individual presentations of poetry, short stories, drama, or novels)
  5. Use an Oral Reading Fluency Assessment or the Multidimensional Fluency Scale to rate each aspect of fluency (accuracy, pace, phrasing/expression).

Suggestions for Assessing Outcome # 4:

  1. Assess students€™ ability to identify and define commonly-used reading strategies
  2. Evaluate students€™ awareness of metacognition as it relates to the reading process and the selection of strategies
  3. Evaluate students€™ use of appropriate pre-reading strategies before reading a text
  4. Evaluate students€™ use of fix-up strategies when comprehension is not occurring during  reading
  5. Evaluate students€™ use of appropriate post-reading strategies to analyze and integrate new learning

Suggestions for Assessing Outcome #5:

  1. Assess written and oral summaries and responses for clarity and development of ideas, opinions, and conclusions
  2. Evaluate student presentations for ability to make comprehensible logical inferences, predictions, connections, and conclusions
  3. Evaluate responses for ability to connect and compare characters, events, information, ideas or themes presented in a text with another text or own life
  4. Evaluate students€™ work from a literature circle/book club where they demonstrate their ability to summarize, define vocabulary, create and answer discussion questions, and make connections to the text
  5. Test students€™ ability to identify and interpret the organizational structures and rhetorical features of a text

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

A. Content Comprehension

B. Textual Analysis

C. Critical Thinking Skills

D. Study Skills

E. Language Analysis

A. Content Comprehension

1. Identify topics, main ideas and supporting details.

2. Identify rhetorical styles including narration, description and expository styles, such as cause and effect.

3. Correlate information from multiple sources for oral or written response.

B. Textual Analysis

1. Identify paragraph and essay organizational structures in unabridged and modified literature, academic texts, essays, and newspaper and magazine articles.

2. Identify rhetorical features, such as plot, setting, character, theme, point of view, and narrative and descriptive techniques.

3. Interpret basic maps, tables, graphs, and figures and their relationship to ideas in the texts.

C. Critical Thinking Skills

1. Make logical inferences, predictions, and connections.

2. Relate readings to personal needs and experiences.

3. Avoid plagiarism.

D. Study Skills

1. Read, understand, and follow directions.

2. Use previewing techniques including tables of content, indexes, and glossaries.

3. Use note-taking techniques including outlining.

4. Use skimming and scanning to find specific information.

5. Develop questions based on readings.

6. Work in groups to define, analyze, and solve problems.

7. Use a monolingual, adult ESL dictionary of American English and other references.

8. Use the Internet to conduct research.

9.  Read for comprehension and increase silent reading speed under time constraints

10. Develop fluency by reading aloud using correct intonation and phrasing

11. Participate in a library orientation.

E. Language Analysis

1. Identify the structures found in authentic and modified adult readings and understand their functions there. Structures include subjects and verbs, clauses, phrases, connectors and pronoun references.

2. Identify, understand, and apply knowledge of vocabulary items and their word families, word forms, and common prefixes and suffixes in new contexts. Use context clues with new vocabulary.