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Montgomery College, Germantown Campus

Discipline:  Reading [RD095]
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RD 095, College Reading Skills I
Sample syllabus submitted by Department, Fall 2005

Catalog Description

This course is the first in a sequence of courses designed to develop academic reading skills.  The emphasis is on improving basic abilities to read and understand long, complex passages.  Skills range from vocabulary development, identifying and inferring main ideas, supporting details, and patterns of organization in expository and literary text to differentiating fact from opinion, and recognizing purpose and tone. 

(1) Recommended for native speakers of English.

(2) Additional lab required.

PREREQUISITE: Accuplacer score between 53 and 65.  Lecture hours will be used for calculating student load and tuition.  Three hours lecture each week plus additional reading laboratory requirements.  No credit.

GRADING: At the end of the semester, the student will receive a grade of A, B, C, or F.  In order to pass the course, students should:

1. Attend all classes from beginning to end.  Students are expected to attend all classes.  Class meets 5 hours per week  (or the equivalent in summer).  According to college regulations, students who accumulate more than 5 hours of absences may be dropped from the course.  Instructors take attendance.  Attendance and tardiness, according to the individual instructor, may affect the final grade.

2. Complete all assigned work.  ALL assigned work must be completed.  All work must be submitted to the instructor on time, according to the instructors specifications.  Work missed because of absences may be made up according to the instructors policy for missed work.  The department final exam counts as 20% of the final grade. 

COURSE MATERIALS: Required and optional materials will be assigned by the instructor.

Course Content/Objectives

Students completing the course should be able to:

1.     follow oral and written directions;

2.     use context clues, word part analysis, and dictionaries to deepen and broaden vocabulary skills application for improved reading comprehension;

3.     locate and state the main/controlling idea in paragraphs, narratives, and essays; demonstrate the ability to infer an unstated main idea;

4.     identify the patterns of organization of paragraphs, narratives, and essays;

5.     apply cognitive and metacognitive reading strategies such as mapping, diagramming, summarizing, note-taking, and SQ3R/PRO to textbook material;

6.   apply critical reading/thinking skills such as reading for inference, differentiating fact from opinion, and identifying purpose and tone

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