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ESL Reading 310

Instructor: Elizabeth Specker

ESLR 310     Intermediate-High Reading        4 Units

Prerequisite: ESLR 50, OR both ESL 55 and ESL 56, with a grade of "C" or better; or, for those not previously enrolled in an ESL reading course within the Los Rios District, placement through the assessment process.
Advisory: Concurrent enrollment in ESL Listening and Speaking and Writing courses at the student's assessed level.
Course Transferable to CSU Hours: 72 hours LEC

This course, intended for non-native speakers of English, focuses on the introduction of academic reading skills with an emphasis on speed, vocabulary expansion, and comprehension of ideas. Practice is provided in understanding, paraphrasing, summarizing, and responding, either orally or in writing, to ideas expressed in reading.

In this class, we work on reading fiction and non-fiction.  We also work on summarizing texts.  In order to summarize a book or a story, we will look at main ideas, details, what's important in a summary, audience, inference, and foreshadowing.  As we read more and more, we will encounter new vocabulary. We will focus our extended reading material on the reading genre of detective stories (fiction).  Detective stories usually follow typical narrative plots which will help us when we're reading.  We'll also read short non-fiction stories and analyze them for organization.  This helps prepare us for reading in more academic classes.

If you're taking the ESL Reading 310-hybrid class,  we will be working on some of this material online.  You will have quizzes, discussion activities and other tasks that you will have to do through our D2L webpage.  If you need more help with D2L, see this link for a free video orientation to D2L.