Academic Reading B

Syllabus

 

Instructor: Brent Culligan, Ed.D.

 

Course Description: This course focuses on the acquisition and development of reading in English as a foreign language. These skills will be developed through the practice of three different types of reading methods, namely Extensive Reading, Speed Reading, and Academic Reading Skills.

 

Class Goals: By the end of this course, students will be able to utilize a range of reading skills in order to achieve the following:

1. Find specific information in a text easily

2. Read more quickly

3. Read short books (e.g. graded readers)

4. Discuss and write about books they have read

5. Understand texts written in natural English.

 

Participation & Attendance: Regular on-time attendance, preparation of weekly homework, and active participation in class are all required to get a good grade. If you miss more than five classes, you will automatically fail this course

 

Preparation for Class: You will have homework each week. You must come to class prepared. If you miss a class, get the homework from a classmate.

 

Text:   http://culliganco.com/Meijigakuin/Reading/EFL_Reading2.pdf

 

Evaluation Criteria: Your grade depends on class tests (50%), graded readers (20%), homework/participation (20%), and an oral presentation (10%).

 

Student Questions:  When students have questions, they can contact me before or after class. I can also be reached at b.culligan.ed.d@gmail.com

 

Related URL: http://culliganco.com/Meijigakuin/Reading/index.html

 

Review of Class: To review for this class, you should read the passages again, check any mistakes you have made, and use vocabulary learning techniques to study the vocabulary.

 

Daily Class Schedule

 

Week

Date

Assignments

1

Sep 24

Unit 12: Guessing Word Meaning: Five Steps Introduction:
Course goals and objectives. Scan the schedule for test days and homework.
Homework
Booklet: Scan Table of Contents for page number.
Booklet: Read graded reader, and fill in Extensive Reading Record and Book Report.

2

Oct 1

Unit 13: Guessing Word Meaning: Your knowledge of the world & Examples
Extensive reading: Book Presentation/Report
Homework
Booklet: Scan Table of Contents for page number.
Read graded reader, and fill in Extensive Reading Record and Book Report.

3

Oct 8

Unit 14: Guessing Word Meaning: Punctuation & Definitions
Extensive reading: Book Presentation/Report
Homework
Booklet: Scan Table of Contents for page number.
Read graded reader, and fill in Extensive Reading Record and Book Report.

4

Oct 15

Unit 15: Guessing Word Meaning: Referents; Comparison & contrast
Extensive reading: Book Presentation/Report
Homework
Booklet: Scan Table of Contents for page number.
Read graded reader, and fill in Extensive Reading Record and Book Report.

5

Oct 22

Unit 16: Identifying Writer's Purpose: Skimming
Extensive reading: Book Presentation/Report
Homework
Booklet: Scan Table of Contents for page number.
Read graded reader, and fill in Extensive Reading Record and Book Report.

6

Oct 29

Unit 17: Skimming & Scanning
Extensive reading: Book Presentation/Report
Homework
Booklet: Scan Table of Contents for page number.
Read graded reader, and fill in Extensive Reading Record and Book Report.

7

Nov 5

Unit 18: Skimming for Topic and Main Idea
Extensive reading: Book Presentation/Report
Homework
Study for Test 1.

8

Nov 12

Reading Test 1 - Including Speed Reading, Paragraph Patterns and Reading Comprehension
This test will include all of the reading skills you have been practicing since your first class in April
Homework
Booklet: Scan Table of Contents for page number.
Read graded reader, and fill in Extensive Reading Record and Book Report.

9

Nov 19

Unit 19: Patterns of Organization Review
Extensive reading: Book Presentation/Report
Preparing Book Passage Presentations
Homework
Presentation about a book you have read this semester

10

Nov 26

Unit 20: Finding the main idea, important facts, and supporting details
Extensive reading: Book Presentation/Report
Homework
Prepare a two to three minute book passage presentation on a book you read this semester
Read graded reader, and fill in Extensive Reading Record and Book Report.

11

Dec 3

Unit 21: Making Inferences 1
Extensive reading: Book Presentation/Report
Homework
Booklet: Scan Table of Contents for page number. Read graded reader, and fill in Extensive Reading Record and Book Report.

12

Dec 10

Book Passage Presentations
Present a two to three minute book passage from a book you read this semester
Homework
Booklet: Scan Table of Contents for page number.
Read graded reader, and fill in Extensive Reading Record and Book Report.

13

Dec 17

Unit 22: Making Inferences 2
Extensive reading: Book Presentation/Report
Homework
Prepare for Test 2

14

Jan 7

Reading Test 2 - Including Speed Reading, Building Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension
This test will include all of the reading skills you have been practicing since your first class in April.