Course Content and Outcome Guide for ESOL 150 Effective Fall 2015

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

The fifth level of ESOL and the second of a five-course sequence that focuses on reading; content comprehension, textual analysis, critical thinking skills, study skills, and language analysis. Using the dictionary, finding main ideas, summarizing, inferencing, using context clues, reviewing prereading techniques; study of word forms, common affixes, synonyms, and antonyms. Readings from textbooks and literature taught in the context of communicating in academic and adult life roles. Prerequisites: ESOL placement test OR successful completion of ESOL 40/40N; AND concurrent placement in ESOL 42/42N and ESOL 44/44N or higher. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Read authentic and some modified materials appropriate for adults.

Demonstrate understanding by writing clear, well-developed summaries, analyses, responses and presentations,

and by speaking comprehensibly about the materials.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Quizzes, tests, essays and presentations. Assessment will include previously unseen readings.

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 under time constraints.

10. 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.