Course Content and Outcome Guide for ESOL 40N Effective Fall 2015

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Level 4 Reading
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Course Description

The fourth level of ESOL and the first 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 adult life roles. Prerequisites:ESOL placement test OR successful completion of ESOL 30; AND concurrent placement in ESOL 42/42N and ESOL 44/44N or higher.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Read modified and some authentic materials appropriate for adults. Demonstrate understanding by writing clear,
well-developed summaries and responses, and by speaking comprehensibly about the materials.

Outcome Assessment Strategies


Quizzes, tests, and written responses. 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

Competencies and Skills

A. Content Comprehension

1. Identify topics, main ideas, and supporting details.

2. Understand the difference between narration and other organization types, such as compare/contrast.

B. Textual Analysis

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

2. 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, 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 skimming and scanning to find specific information.

4. Make effective marginal notes and other markers to assist comprehension.

5. Develop questions based on readings.

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

7. Begin to use a monolingual, adult ESL dictionary of American English and other references.

8. Use the Internet to gather information.

9. Read for comprehension under time constraints.

E. Language Analysis

1. Identify the structures found in authentic and modified adult readings and understand their
functions there. Structures include subjects and verbs, passive voice, clauses, phrases, pronoun
references, and connectors (including coordinators, subordinators, and transitions).

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.