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CCOG for RD 116 Winter 2022

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Course Number:
RD 116
Course Title:
College Vocabulary Development
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Course Description

Adds significantly to students' reading, writing, and speaking vocabularies, fosters interest in words, and offers strategies for continuous vocabulary development throughout life. Prerequisite: Placement into RD 115 or successful completion of (RD 90 or IRW 90). Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

After successful completion of Reading 116, students will be able to-

  • Understand the origins and influences of English
  • Understand the varieties of English
  • Understand the varying criteria for correctness and appropriateness of language use
  • Easily use the dictionary and other reference tools
  • Easily use context clues to determine word meanings
  • Distinguish between denotation and connotation
  • Understand the best method for assimilating academic, technical, and professional vocabularies
  • Continue to maintain personal vocabulary growth

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment may include, but is not limited to-

  1. Greek, Latin, and derivative tests/activities
  2. Quizzes on vocabulary and correct usage
  3. Midterm and comprehensive final
  4. Group/individual work demonstrating comprehension strategies
  5. Group/individual work demonstrating vocabulary usage
  6. Vocabulary journal/project from outside reading
  7. Other assessment activities may include:
    1. Conference with instructor
    2. Portfolio
    3. Individual projects, such as flash cards, service learning, lexicographic challenges

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes and Concepts:
Recurring themes and concepts that students will work with include-

  1. Etymology
  2. Greek and Latin roots/affixes
  3. History of English
  4. Comprehension
  5. Inferential and critical reading
  6. Standards of correctness
  7. Language research


  • Dictionary/reference skills
  • Vocabulary skills
  • Determining meaning from context
  • Determining meaning from word parts, most common Latin/Greek roots and affixes