Course Content and Outcome Guide for ESOL 250

Course Number:
ESOL 250
Course Title:
Level 7 Academic Reading
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Course Description

Develops advanced English reading skills. Focuses on reading materials such as textbooks, novels, short stories and articles. Includes finding themes and main ideas, summarizing, paraphrasing, making inferences, using context clues, and reviewing prereading techniques. Continues the study of word forms, common affixes and stems, and figurative language. Incorporates content comprehension, textual analysis, critical thinking, study skills and language analysis. This is the fourth course of a five-course sequence. Prerequisite: ESOL placement test OR successful completion of ESOL 160 within the past 12 months AND concurrent enrollment in ESOL 162 and ESOL 164 or higher. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

1. Use qualitative and quantitative reasoning to analyze and synthesize authentic materials from various disciplines reflecting an adult sensibility.
2. Articulate an understanding of thematic, social, cultural and ethical concerns expressed in authentic written material.
3. Begin to apply understanding of the conventions and techniques of more complex reading material to respond critically to a variety of English fiction and non-fiction in future courses and real-life contexts.
4. Think critically about the attitudes and cultural perspectives inherent in fiction and nonfiction and how these relate to their own cultures and beliefs.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Quizzes, tests, essays, written responses, journals, oral presentations, and/or portfolios. Students will be tested regularly on previously unseen readings and expected to apply process skills to the material (see €œCompetencies and Skills €“ Textual Analysis€ below). In order to pass the course, students must be able to write a satisfactory summary/response. In addition, students must receive a combined average of 70% on in-class exams in order to pass the course. By the end of the course, students must also demonstrate mastery of oral communication and writing equivalent to the skill level necessary to exit Upper Intermediate Academic Writing and Upper Intermediate Academic Communication.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


A. Content Comprehension
B. Textual Analysis
C. Critical Thinking Skills
D. Study Skills
E. Language Analysis

Competencies and Skills

A. Content Comprehension

1. Identify, paraphrase, and summarize topics, theses, main ideas, and supporting details
2. Identify rhetorical styles including descriptive narrative or descriptive process, comparison/contrast, cause/effect, classification, problem/solution, discussion, and definition
3. Correlate information from multiple sources as a basis for a response, paper or presentation.

B. Textual Analysis

1. Identify paragraph and essay organizational structures for pre-college-level literature, academic texts, essays, and newspaper and magazine articles
2. Identify rhetorical features such as plot, setting, character, theme, point of view, narrative and descriptive techniques, symbolism, motivation, tone, and intended audience
3. Interpret basic maps, tables, graphs, and figures and their relationship to the main ideas in texts

C. Critical Thinking Skills

1. Make logical inferences, predictions, connections, and conclusions in and among readings
2. Relate readings to the needs and experiences of self and others
3. Distinguish fact from opinion and fiction from non-fiction
4. Express in one€™s own words ideas and opinions related to readings
5. Analyze and examine the validity of sources

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 dictionary of American English and other references
8. Read for comprehension under time constraints

E. Language Analysis

1. Identify the structures found in pre-college academic and general interest readings and understand their functions there. Structures include (but are not limited to) passive voice, adjective, adverb and noun clauses, modifying phrases, and quoted and reported speech
2. Identify, understand, and apply knowledge of vocabulary items and their word families, word forms, and prefixes, stems, and suffixes in new contexts
3. Recognize rhetorical devices, including similes, metaphors, and incomplete and ungrammatical structures