Reading
Academic Reading and Discussion
Thu. 2nd. Period Stephen Hofstee
Keywords:
Academic English, Culture, Discussion, Intensive Reading, Literature, Vocabulary, Critical Thinking

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 so students will require access to a computer and the internet. On occasion, students may be required to bring a computer to class.

In addition to regular participation both in class and on-line, students must complete all assignments (and complete them in a timely manner) to pass the course.

Students must pay attention to this university’s attendance regulations in this class.


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: 75%


1

Course Overview, Class Rules, and Moodle Enrollment

2

PUBLIC SPEAKING

3

URBAN STUDIES

4

BUSINESS

5

PSYCHOLOGY

6

NUTRITION STUDIES

7

MEDICINE

8

AMERICAN LITERATURE

9

ART HISTORY

10

EDUCATION STUDIES

11

SOCIOLOGY

12

MEDIA STUDIES

13

POLITICAL SCIENCE

14

Course Review and Student Feedback

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.