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Course Descriptions ENGRD

ENGRD 14 Reading Skills

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: Concurrent enrollment in ENGWR 41 is recommended.

This reading course is designed to help students master the foundational reading skills of word recognition, vocabulary, development, and basic comprehension. To improve reading skills, students practice their writing skills as reading and writing are related skills needed for success in college. Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in an ENGLB course for access to individualized help in the Reading and Writing Center.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Demonstrate automaticity of word recognition.

ENGRD 15 Basic Reading Skills

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: ENGRD 14 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.

Advisory: Students are advised to enroll in ENGWR 51.

This reading course is designed to help students master basic, pre-collegiate reading skills by developing vocabulary, literal and inferential comprehension, textbook reading techniques, and study skills. Learning to vary reading rate and to read for a purpose can allow students to improve comprehension and to read for pleasure. Students are encouraged to enroll in ENGLB for individualized help in the Reading and Writing Center.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Choose and employ a variety of vocabulary development techniques when reading.

ENGRD 19 Foundations of Reading and Writing Improvement

Units: 3

Same As: ENGWR 42

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: Enrollment in the course will be limited by skills of students in reading and writing as demonstrated through the assessment process.

This course integrates and accelerates reading and writing at the basic skills level with a focus on learning to use language to learn. Course content, activities, and assignments integrate reading and writing for an academic purpose. Reading and writing are instructed and contextualized through a focus on a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts, and through the discussion of the meaning of a college education (including a focus on student services, academic programs, and campus events). Successful completion of this course will serve as a prerequisite for ENGRD 59/ENGWR 58 at Cosumnes River College. Placement in the course will be through the college assessment process; self-placement will not be allowed. This course is the same as ENGWR 42, and only one may be taken for credit. See "Cross-Listed Courses" in the catalog.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Apply Standard English conventions in a variety of texts read and written (i.e., sentences, paragraphs, extended texts of multiple paragraphs). (SLO 1)

ENGRD 59 Reading Development with Writing

Units: 4

Same As: ENGWR 58

Hours: 72 hours LEC

Prerequisite: ENGRD 19 or ENGWR 42 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.

The focus of this course will be on writing and reading instruction as integrally related skills. Students will study and practice reading comprehension in the context of the writing process with the goal of accelerating the pathway to the English Reading and English Writing
requirements. Students will develop critical thinking skills and the ability to write clear and correct sentences as they write a variety of focused, developed, organized paragraphs and essays. Students will write both full-process and in-class essays. This course may include a departmental final or portfolio assessment. Successful completion of this course will serve as a prerequisite for ENGWR 101 and ENGRD 110 only at Cosumnes River College. As enrollment into course will be based upon prerequisite, there will be no self-placement. This course is the same as ENGWR 58, and only one may be taken for credit.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Comprehend, think critically, and respond appropriately in writing to a variety of professionally written non-fiction and fiction texts. (SLO 1)

ENGRD 110 Comprehension Strategies and Vocabulary Development For College

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: ENGRD 15, ENGRD 59, or ENGWR 58 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.

This reading course in designed to help students prepare for college level reading by refining vocabulary, literal and inferential comprehension skills, textbook reading techniques, and study skills and by reading for pleasure. Efficiency is gained by learning to vary rate and comprehension depending upon purposes for reading. Students are encouraged to enroll in ENGLB 70 for access to individualized help in the Reading and Writing Center.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1 Read actively.

ENGRD 113 Reading and Writing Skills for College

Units: 4.5

Same As: ENGWR 109

Hours: 72 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB

Prerequisite: ENGRD 59 or ENGWR 58 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.

This integrated reading and writing course is designed to accelerate the preparation for college reading and writing competency requirement for students who are assessed into one level below transfer English courses. This course prepares students for ENGRD 310/312 and ENGWR 300 with integrated teaching and learning in both reading and writing to accelerate a pathway for English Reading and Writing requirements. Students will learn to develop reading skills in vocabulary expansion, unlocking meanings with context clues and word parts, increasing comprehension, SQ3R, and critical thinking. Students will also learn to develop skills in writing correct, clear, and concise sentences with proper English grammar that transfer to well developed and organized paragraphs and essays. Other skills include paraphrasing, summarizing, pre-reading and pre-writing techniques, revising and editing essays, analyzing and comparing ideas, identifying author’s tone, bias, and purpose. This course is most ideal for students who are assessed into both ENGRD 110 and ENGWR 101. Upon successful completion of this course, students will have met the prerequisite for ENGRD 310/312 and ENGWR 300. This course may include a departmental final. This course is the same as ENGWR 109, and only one may be taken for credit.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1 Demonstrate proficiency with reading and writing as a process that includes pre-reading/writing, reading/drafting, and post-reading and writing.

ENGRD 119 College Textbook Reading Skills

Units: 0.5

Hours: 27 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

This course offers instruction in academic reading skills to students who are concurrently enrolled in a college course. The instruction includes informal lecture, self-paced individual work, workshop, guided practice, and assisted learning. Pass or No Pass only.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1 Understand the composition and structure of written text in various styles in academic discipline.

ENGRD 200 Reading the American Cultural Experience

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: ENGRD 110 or ESLR 320 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.

Enrollment Limitation:

This course is not open to students who have already completed ENGRD 310: Critical Reading as Critical Thinking or ENGRD 312: Academic Textbook Reading.

This academic English Reading course examines the crucial questions of what it means to read critically and at college level. Students will engage in extensive reading in and out of class as they focus on analyzing and interpreting a variety of texts. The focus of required reading will be on using language to analyze and interpret multicultural issues and conflicts which arise in diverse cultural settings and communities. The purpose of this language study will be to develop academic vocabulary, academic research and writing skills, and the ability to read and think analytically and critically about the written word. Concurrent enrollment in ENGLB 74 (Writing Center IV) or ENGLB 78 (Reading Center IV) will allow for concentrated independent study on the content and requirements of the course.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Read analytically and critically in a variety of texts interrogating the multicultural American experience. (SLO 1)

ENGRD 310 Critical Reading as Critical Thinking

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: ENGRD 110 or ESLR 320 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.

Advisory: ENGLB 70, ENGWR 101, or ESLW 320

Transferable: CSU

This course covers the theory and practice of essential reading skills for proficient academic performance with an emphasis on (1) reading strategy applications in textbook, fiction, and nonfiction, (2) critical analysis and evaluation of college level academic texts in multicultural writings, fiction and non-fiction reading, (3) critical and analytical evaluation of college level expository, narrative, descriptive, and argumentative essays and research, (4) development and expansion of critical thinking skills required in today’s diverse work environment, (5) vocabulary development, and (6) development of flexibility in reading rate. This course meets the Reading Competency requirement for the AA and AS degrees, and is CSU transferable. Additional work in the Reading and Writing Center (ENGLB 70 or 75) may be advised.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Deepen knowledge of general academic and discipline-specific vocabulary and concepts.

ENGRD 311 Intensive Critical Thinking for College Success

Units: 4

Hours: 72 hours LEC

Prerequisite: ENGRD 59 or ENGWR 58 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.

Transferable: CSU

This course emphasizes the theory and application of critical thinking through reading expository, argumentative, fictional and nonfictional literature and works to develop the following: critical and analytical reading skills for college-level text, critical and analytical evaluation in research, synthesizing information to form logical conclusions, comparing and evaluating multiple sources, application in critical reading strategies across the discipline, vocabulary development and expansion for college-level reading. This accelerated course is for students who are ready for the challenge of an intensive learning experience at college level. This course meets the Reading Competency requirement for AA and AS degrees and is CSU transferable.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1 Read actively.

ENGRD 312 Academic Textbook Reading

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: ENGRD 110 or ESLR 320 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.

Advisory: ENGLB 70, ENGLB 75, ENGWR 101, or ESLW 320

Transferable: CSU

This course refines students' skills and ability to read, understand, and respond to college-level textbooks across the curriculum. Emphasis is placed on discipline-based vocabulary, critical reading and thinking strategies, interpretation of visual aids and data, and employing appropriate reading rate to fulfill the purpose of reading. This course meets the Reading Competency requirement for the A.A. and A.S. degrees, and is CSU transferable. Students are encouraged to also enroll in ENGLB 70 or 75 for access to individualized help in the Reading and Writing Center.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1 Apply the principles of textbook reading

ENGRD 495 Independent Studies in English - Reading

Units: 1 - 3

Hours: 54 - 162 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU

An independent studies project involves an individual student or small group of students in study, research, or activities beyond the scope of regularly offered courses. See the current catalog section of "Special Studies" for full details of Independent Studies.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Actively engage in intellectual inquiry beyond that required in order to pass a course of study (College Wide Learning Outcome – Area 4).