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Educational Goals and Learning Objectives, Academic Reading and Writing Level II

Goals:

In Academic English Reading and Writing Level II, students will engage in the primary tasks of any academic pursuit at an intermediate level: reading, critical thinking, research, and expository writing.  Students will use what they know about English to improve comprehension in reading, apply knowledge to writing tasks, and analyze information that they receive from texts, electronic sources, and other resources.  Students will also begin to synthesize information they discover.

 Learning Outcomes:

 At the conclusion of Academic English Reading and Writing II, students should be able to:

  • Read short assignments at a speed of 150 words per minute
  • Re-state the main idea of a short reading selection
  • Distinguish between main ideas and supporting details in texts
  • Recall facts from readings (fill in the blank, multiple choice, and short answers)
  • Preview content to predict content and connect content to background knowledge
  • In their own words, re-tell key events from a reading
  • Read a simplified novel (Penguin Reader level IV)
  • State opinions in response to reading
  • Use information from readings to make inferences
  • Scan readings to find specific information

 In addition, at the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Identify all parts of an entry in an English-English dictionary
  • Match meaning and/or grammatical function to prefixes and suffixes
  • Label synonyms and antonyms
  • Predict meanings and parts of speech for new words, using sentence clues
  • Organize a visual system for learning and reviewing vocabulary information
  • Classify new words into word families

 Also, by the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Write a paragraph with multi-clause sentences from dictation
  • Paraphrase content in student's own words
  • Answer questions based on reading passages in complete sentences
  • Use brainstorming techniques (concept maps, lists, and free writing) to generate ideas for writing
  • Write paragraphs with topic sentences, supporting details, appropriate cohesive elements, accuracy in mechanics, and appropriate document format, including summary, comparison/contrast, description, and narration.
  • Revise written work, based on teacher comments
  • Self-edit written work

 Finally, at the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Use a word processor to create a document
  • Save, retrieve, and edit documents on the computer
  • Access class information through the Lion's Den (login required)
  • Find an appropriate graded reader in the Library
  • Use electronic communication to request and receive feedback on written work

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