Reading/Discussion
Academic Reading and Discussion
Wed. 1st. Period Stephen Hofstee
Keywords:
Academic English, Culture, Discussion, Extensive Reading, Intensive Reading, Speaking, Vocabulary, Critical Thinking, Reading Strategies

This course is a combination reading and discussion course suitable for students with a TOEFL PBT score between 460 and 524.  It is designed to give an introduction to, and preparation for academic work. The aim of the course is to help students become more effective and confident readers on academic subjects.

Students will be exposed to a wide range of interesting academic topics during the course.  The readings come from varied sources such as books, textbooks academic journals, newspapers, magazines, and online articles.  Each week looks at a different theme, and each week introduces two reading from the one theme.  In each class, students will interact in pairs or small groups to discuss the content and issues related to the readings.

All homework for this course will be done online through Moodle. On occasion, students may be required to bring a computer to class.

This course is best suited for students who:

  • are comfortable taking instruction and participating in English
  • are happy to perform pair and group work
  • are looking to develop their reading skills


This course will focus on helping learners to improve academic reading skills.  Main objectives include:

  • providing skills and strategies for effective reading
  • building vocabulary
  • becoming familiar with the test format, instructions and questions
  • encouraging discussion


Attendance and Participation: 25%
Homework: 50%
Vocabulary Quizzes: 25%


1

Course Overview, Class Rules, and Moodle Enrollment

2

Introduction to Academic Reading

3

Business

4

Psychology

5

Nutrition Studies

6

Medicine

7

American Literature

8

Mid-semester Test

9

Forensics

10

Education Studies

11

Sociology

12

Media Studies

13

Political Science

14

End-of-Semester Test

15


Join this class and learn effective reading strategies, build your vocabulary, enhance your note-taking skills, and develop your critical thinking through analyzing what’s written between the lines. There will be lot of pair-work and small group group-work to ensure that there is a lot of opportunity for speaking as well.  It should be not only rewarding, but interesting, too.