This course is intended for students wanting to become more proficient college readers. Readings adress a number of current topics from multiple perspectives. Students are exposed to materials in areas such as the social and natural sciences, business, and literature. The course emphasizes the importance of reading analytically and interacting effectively with visual information. In order to enhance their reading comprehension, students engage in ongoing communication about lengthy readings through small group discussion, in-class exercises, written assignments and periodic oral presentations. Some library work is included.
- As a team member, to plan, research and develop a portion of a topic so the small group can collectively organize and synthesize results before making a coherent oral group presentation.
- To attend to specific words in readings in order to more accurately comprehend and appreciate written materials and to expand receptive and expressive vocabulary.
- To comprehend and successfully apply principles of logical, clear writing to the creation of original essays based on topics researched for oral presentations.
- To comprehend diverse current event topics well enough to share insights about facts, bias and different view points.
- To comprehend written material in a variety of disciplines in order to widely apply analytical and critical thinking skills.
- To listen to, reflect on and appropriately respond to ideas of others in small and large group settings.
- To research, compare and evaluate sources on topics of choice and then to effectively synthesize and present findings in organized, cogent oral presentations.
- To understand principles and practices of visual aid development well enough to effectively integrate visuals into oral presentations.
- Understand/demonstrate the writing and speaking processes through invention, organization, drafting, revision, editing and presentation.
- Participate effectively in groups with emphasis on listening, critical and reflective thinking, and responding.
- Locate, evaluate, and synthesize in a responsible manner material from diverse sources and points of view.
- Select appropriate communication choices for specific audiences.
- Construct logical and coherent arguments.
- Use authority, point-of-view, and individual voice and style in their writing and speaking.
- Employ syntax and usage appropriate to academic disciplines and the professional world.