Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   High Intermediate Academic ESL: Reading & Writing

 Title Abbreviation:   HIGH INT AESL: READ&WRIT

 Department:    AESL

 Course #:    70

 Credits:    9

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    9

 CIP:    330108

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2018

 Course Description  

Non-native speakers develop language-learning strategies and habits to successfully demonstrate academic English abilities in settings approaching those to be encountered in a college setting.



Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 99

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Elective  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Compose an academic essay, understand basic rhetoric, and avoid plagiarism;
  2. Compose complex sentences, subordinating clauses, and compound-complex sentences.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.1 Determine the extent of information needed.
1.2 Access the needed information effectively, efficiently, ethically, and legally.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.3 Identify, interpret, and evaluate pertinent data and previous experience to reach conclusions.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.2 Recognize, produce and demonstrate appropriate interpersonal, group, and public speaking skills.
3.3 Demonstrate effective listening skills.
3.4 Produce academic and/or professional writing and integrate it into written and spoken projects.
3.5 Recognize, comprehend, and use non-verbal behaviors appropriate to a given context.
3.6 Recognize, comprehend, and use visual communication appropriate to a given context.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.2 Understand, value and respect human differences and commonalities as they relate to issues of race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities and culture.
4.4 Demonstrate effective communication across differences in human communities and cultures.
4.5 Adapt to and function effectively in communities and cultures different from one's own.

5. Global & Local Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding the complexity and interdependence of, and stewardship responsibilities to, local and global communities and environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
5.1 Understand the impact of their own and other’s actions on local/global communities and environments and how those communities/environments affect them in turn.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.1 Identify ethical and healthy choices and apply these personally, socially, academically, and professionally.

10. Technology

Definition: Understanding the role of technology in society and using technology appropriately and effectively.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
10.3 Use technology appropriate to the context and task to effectively retrieve and manage information, solve problems, and facilitate communication.

Course Contents

  1. Read and demonstrate understanding of 120-150 page novel, to be read outside of class;
  2. Read/write reports on newspaper and magazine articles;
  3. Write well-formed paragraphs/essays using clear organization, topic sentences/conclusions, specific support, transition signals, paragraph unity;
  4. Write smooth and well-connected compositions of more than 3 paragraphs using the following styles: description, narration, comparison/contrast;
  5. Attend a library orientation to learn to use the general reference collection;
  6. Demonstrate the ability to apply the following reading skills: using context clues, skimming for the general idea, scanning for specific information;
  7. Demonstrate comprehension of written material through paraphrasing and summarizing; write weekly journals;
  8. Increase facilty with verb tenses: clauses, future progressive, past/present perfect & perfect progressive, future perfect, modals; passive voice; conditionals; contractions used in the above tenses; question formation as applicable to the above tenses; cause and effect constructions.