Program Goals

  • By the end of this course, students will be able to:

    • Interact with academic content: reading, writing, listening, speaking
    • Demonstrate ability to think critically and problem solve
    • Utilize information and digital literacy skills
    • Demonstrate behavior and attitudes appropriate to a university environment
  • Goals:

    • Apply the skills and strategies of a successful reader
    • Read critically

    Course Objectives for Reading and Vocabulary

    This course will develop the students’ ability to:

    • Skim for main idea(s)
    • Scan for details
    • Use graphic organizers to understand a text better
    • Develop reading speed
    • Build academic vocabulary
    • Make use of contextual clues to infer meanings of unfamiliar words from context
    • Summarize and paraphrase information in a text
    • Distinguish main ideas from specific details
    • Distinguish facts from opinions
    • Make inferences and predictions based on comprehension of a text
    • Identify the author’s purpose and tone
    • Discuss and respond to the content of the text orally and in writing
    • Utilize digital literacy tools to develop reading and vocabulary skills
    • Reflect on and evaluate learning and performance, and set goals for progress
    • Demonstrate behavior and attitudes appropriate to a university environment (work collaboratively, manage time, be prepared, comply with academic integrity rules)

    Student Learning Outcomes:

    Given an academic reading passage, the student will be able to:

    • Identify the main idea(s) in the text
    • Identify specific details
    • Distinguish main idea(s) from supporting detail
    • Distinguish fact from opinion
    • Make inferences and predictions based on information in the text
    • Infer meanings of unfamiliar words
    • Identify the author’s purpose and tone
    • Transfer information in the text into a graphic organizer
    • Produce academic vocabulary appropriately orally and in writing
    • Summarize/paraphrase information in a text
  • Goals:

    • Understand and apply the conventions of academic writing in English

    Course Objectives Writing and Grammar

    This course will develop the students’ ability to

    • Write effective and coherent paragraphs
    • Comprehend the overall and internal organization of an academic essay
    • write an effective thesis statement
    • Use pre-writing strategies to plan writing
    • Generate ideas from sources to develop content
    • Develop coherent content and support with relevant details
    • Write a 4-5 paragraph expository/take-a-stand academic essay
    • Write a 500-word response to a provocative reading passage
    • Give critical peer feedback
    • Use peer and teacher feedback to edit writing
    • Build academic vocabulary
    • Use a variety of accurate sentence structures
    • Use grammatical structures accurately
    • Utilize digital literacy tools to develop writing and grammar skills
    • Reflect on and evaluate learning and performance, and set goals for progress
    • Demonstrate behavior and attitudes appropriate to a university environment (work collaboratively, manage time, be prepared, comply with academic integrity rules)

    Student Learning Outcomes:

    Given a writing prompt, the student will be able to:

    • Write a paragraph with a topic sentence, support, and concluding sentence
    • Produce coherent and unified paragraphs with adequate support and detail
    • Write an effective introduction and conclusion
    • Write a thesis statement that addresses the writing prompt
    • Produce a well-organized academic essay
    • Produce appropriate vocabulary and correct word forms
    • Use a variety of accurate sentence structures
    • Produce accurate grammatical structures
    • Demonstrate control of mechanics
  • Goal:

    • Apply the skills and strategies of a successful listener

    Course Objectives for Listening

    This course will develop the students’ ability to:

    • Take organized notes on lectures and listening passages
    • Identify and distinguish main ideas from supporting details
    • Make use of contextual clues to infer meanings of unfamiliar words from context
    • Identify speaker’s purpose and tone
    • Make inferences and predictions about spoken discourse
    • Discuss and respond to the content of a lecture or listening passage orally and/or in writing
    • Utilize digital literacy tools to develop listening skills
    • Reflect on and evaluate learning and performance, and set goals for progress
    • Demonstrate behavior and attitudes appropriate to a university environment (work collaboratively, manage time, be prepared, comply with academic integrity rules)

    Student Learning Outcomes:

    Given an oral lecture or a listening comprehension passage, the student will be able to

    • Take notes and make use of them in answering questions about the passage
    • Distinguish relevant from irrelevant information
    • Identify the topic and main idea
    • Comprehend relationships between ideas
    • Make inferences and predictions about spoken discourse
  • Goal:

    • Apply the skills and strategies of a successful speaker

    Course Objectives for Speaking and Oral Presentation

    This course will develop the students’ ability to:

    • Discuss and respond to the content of a reading or listening passage
    • Use communication strategies to participate in group and class discussions
    • Select, compile, and synthesize information for an oral presentation
    • Use search tools to locate appropriate sources
    • Evaluate and select sources for relevance
    • Paraphrase and cite sources
    • Use vocabulary appropriately
    • Use grammatical structures appropriately
    • Deliver an effective oral presentation
    • Present information using digital tools
    • Reflect on and evaluate learning and performance, and set goals for progress
    • Demonstrate behavior and attitudes appropriate to a university environment (work collaboratively, manage time, be prepared, comply with academic integrity rules)

    Student Learning Outcomes

    Given a topic to research and present in class, the student will be able to:

    • Focus the topic
    • Apply research procedures
    • Locate and select relevant information
    • Take notes, paraphrase, synthesize and organize information
    • Produce appropriate vocabulary
    • Produce accurate grammatical forms
    • Give an oral presentation in class using effective delivery strategies
  • Goals:

    • Apply the skills of problem-solving
    • Work in groups

    Course Objectives for Project-based problem solving

    This course will develop the students’ ability to:

    • Work collaboratively with others
    • Communicate effectively
    • Take responsibility for completing tasks
    • Create group goals and strategies to complete tasks
    • Reach consensus in decision making
    • Solve problems
    • Manage time
    • Utilize digital literacy tools to develop collaborative skills
    • Reflect on and evaluate learning and performance, and set goals for progress
    • Demonstrate behavior and attitudes appropriate to a university environment (be prepared, comply with academic integrity rules)

    Student Learning Outcomes:

    Given a real-world problem, the student will be able to:

    • Work collaboratively
    • Divide tasks
    • Conduct interviews and observations
    • Identify the problem
    • Explore possible solutions
    • Represent a solution in the form of a prototype
    • Give, receive and apply feedback
    • Give a presentation reporting on the process and the prototype
    • Write a thoughtful reflection on an experience