BE-225: Basic Reading Skills for ESL Students

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: BE-225 Basic Reading Skills for ESL Students

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3 class hours, 1 recitation hour

Credits: 0

Course Description in college catalog:

First course of a two-semester sequence (with BE-226) for students who speak English as a second language and who are in need of intensive instruction in fundamental reading and communication skills. Emphasis is placed on development of word recognition skills, knowledge of English idioms, listening skills, and literal comprehension. These skills include phonics and pronunciation, word structure analysis, dictionary use, multiple meanings of words, language patterns in reading, following directions, and basic note-taking skills from oral presentations.

BE-225 is followed by BE-226, except upon Departmental waiver.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the course, while using some college-level texts, students will be able to:

  1. Distinguish between details and generalities in texts.

  2. Paraphrase the author’s main ideas.

  3. Summarize passages by paraphrasing main ideas and adding a few sentences of supporting details (made up of paraphrases and/or quotes).

  4. Distinguish between facts and opinions in texts.

  5. Annotate texts using multiple techniques (e.g.. highlighting, marginalia, etc).

  6. Distinguish between an inference and a stated claim.

  7. Identify the author’s tone.

  8. Identify and comprehend the idea of transition words.

  9. Demonstrate effective group work skills through team project work and class reading groups.

  10. Use context clues, dictionaries and root/prefix/suffix knowledge to understand unfamiliar words.

  11. Use test-taking strategies to better manage time and self-access answers.

Program-specific outcomes

Be prepared to meet the demands of BE226 or the ALP BE122/English 101 and other gateway courses.

Other program outcomes (if applicable).

  1. Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study

  2. Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study

  3. Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

  1. Student participation (being involved in the lectures and labs)

  2. Class assignments

  3. Quizzes

  4. Departmental Midterms and Finals

  5. Project(s) implementation and presentation

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the office of Services for Students with Disabilities in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Services for Students with Disabilities website.

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