Reading A 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/ReadingA.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.

 

Reading A Schedule

 

Week

Date

Assignments

1

8-Apr

Unit One: Introduction to the Course
Fill in your Student Information Sheet with your photo glued on for next lesson.
Introduction: Course goals and objectives.
Scan the schedule for test days and homework.

Homework
Fill in your Student Information Sheet with your photo glued on for next lesson.
Booklet: Scan the Table of Contents for homework.

2

15-Apr

Unit Two: Speed Reading + Extensive Reading
Hand in the Student Information Sheet
Extensive reading: Setting up.
Homework
Booklet: Scan the Table of Contents for homework.
Read graded reader, and fill in Extensive Reading Record and Book Report.

3

22-Apr

Unit Three: Previewing and Predicting
Extensive reading: Book Presentation/Report
Homework
Booklet: Scan the Table of Contents for homework.
Read graded reader, do quiz, and fill in Extensive Reading Record.

4

6-May

Unit Four: Skimming
Extensive reading: Book Presentation/Report
Homework
Booklet: Scan the Table of Contents for homework.
Read graded reader, do quiz, and fill in Extensive Reading Record..

5

13-May

Unit Five: Making Predictions
Extensive reading: Book Presentation/Report
Homework
Booklet: Scan the Table of Contents for homework.
Read graded reader, do quiz, and fill in Extensive Reading Record.

6

20-May

Unit Six: Pronouns & Synonyms
Extensive Reading: Book Presentation/Report
Review for Test 1 - Sample Reading Test
Homework
Booklet: Scan the Table of Contents for homework.
Read graded reader, do quiz, and fill in Extensive Reading Record.

7

27-May

Unit Seven: Guessing Word Meaning
Extensive reading: Book Presentation/Report

Assign a story for the class to read.
Homework
Booklet: Scan the Table of Contents for homework.
Read graded reader, do quiz, and fill in Extensive Reading Record.

8

3-Jun

Reading Test 1- Including Speed Reading, Reading Comprehension and Thinking Skills
This test will include all of the reading skills you have been practicing since your first class in April
Homework
Read the story your teacher assigns you.

9

10-Jun

Unit Eight: Looking for the Topic
Extensive reading: Book Presentation/Report

Preparing Book Poster Presentations
Presentation about a book you have read this semester

Homework
Booklet: Scan the Table of Contents for homework.
Read graded reader, do quiz, and fill in Extensive Reading Record.
Prepare a two to three minute book presentation on a book you read this semester – giving a brief outline of the story and your opinion about it

10

17-Jun

Unit Nine: Synonyms & Reading Comprehension
Extensive reading: Book Presentation/Report
Homework
Booklet: Scan the Table of Contents for homework.
Read graded reader, do quiz, and fill in Extensive Reading Record.

11

24-Jun

Book Poster Presentations
Presentation about a book you have read this semester

12

1-Jul

Unit Ten: What is a Paragraph? Comprehension
Extensive reading: Book Presentation/Report
Homework
Booklet: Scan the Table of Contents for homework.
Read graded reader, do quiz, and fill in Extensive Reading Record.

13

8-Jul

Unit Eleven: Skimming & Scanning
Extensive reading: Book Presentation/Report
Homework
Study for Reading Test 2

14 

 

15-Jul

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