Course Description

Course Name

Advanced English Reading

Session: VSOS3221

Hours & Credits

3 Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


TEXTBOOK: Day, R. R. & Ono, L. (2007). Cover to cover 3: Reading comprehension and fluency. Oxford.

OBJECTIVES: Extensive Reading: You will read novels. You will discuss what you have read with your classmates in lively and interactive activities.

Intensive Reading: You will read short articles from the textbook and answer comprehension and discussion questions.

By doing these activities you will learn reading strategies, vocabulary, increase your reading speed, and become familiar with a long list of resources which you can use when you teach.

1. Extensive Reading: You will read at least 100,000 words of novels from X-reading. You should only choose a book if you know all of the words on the page except three, maximum. This is extensive (fun) reading, and it will help you develop all parts of your reading ability.

2. Interviews: At midterms and finals, we will have a 10 minute discussion of the stories, characters, and ideas from your fun reading books.

3. Bag of Tricks: Collect, bring to class, and introduce one extensive or intensive reading activity per week. Give me a portfolio of these activities at the end of the semester.

4. Homework: means Textbook activities, Book store tour, and One sentence summaries. Missing class does not mean you can miss homework or be unprepared for class. If you missed a class, you must contact a friend in the class and ask what needs to be done, and prepare it before the next class. You all have each other?s contact information, so this will be easy.

5. Teach a reading activity: Select one of the reading activities that you collected in your bag of tricks, and in weeks 15 & 16, prepare the materials, and teach the activity to a small group for 10 minutes.

6. Attendance: It is important because we meet only twice a week, so missing even one class is a big deal. However, you can miss 2 classes for emergencies without penalty to your grade. Any more than this will result in a deduction of one letter grade regardless of the reason for the 3rd absence. When you arrive 15 minutes after class has started you are late. 2 lates make an absence. If you are more than 30 minutes late you are absent. By university policy four absences constitutes failure of the course.

7. Participation: Means being mentally present. It is important because we learn by doing, and I want to see what you have learned. During class time, all phones and other electronic devices are to be used for class time study purposes only.

8. Bonus participation: It is useful for you to go to TESOL meetings where theory and practical matters are discussed in English. Therefore, anyone who goes to a meeting or conference and writes a one page summary of the events will receive a 2% bonus for each event. The maximum bonus is a total of 6%. Likewise, reading over 150,000 words will give you bonus.

SPECIAL NOTE: Please be on time. Let me repeat that. Please be on time and ready to begin class immediately. This means YOU and not your books, snacks, drinks, smartphone, backpack or handbag, or clothing

*Course content subject to change