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AD 116 Reading Speed & Efficiency - (2credits)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Reading Speed and Efficiency focuses on improvement of reading rate and flexibility. The course also emphasizes comprehension, vocabulary development, and textbook reading strategies as related to reading efficiency and overall academic performance. This course carries two hours of elective credit toward graduation.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Students will use a variety of strategies for improving reading rate and proficiency.
  • Students will self-assess reading skills and reading rate; they will continuously evaluate progress in accelerating reading rate and improving comprehension.
  • Students will attain strategies for expanding vocabulary.
  • Students will acquire flexible reading approaches.
  • Students will increase reading rate by at least 100 WPM, while scoring 80% or better on comprehension, by the end of the semester.
  • Students will demonstrate a college level of reading on standardized testing (DTLS and SDRT).

PLACEMENT CRITERIA:

Students who are placed into AD 116 must be able to read on the college level according to their scores on the Placement Test or they must have successfully completed AD 080a,b or AD 082. Other students may elect to take AD 116 if they were exempt from taking the Placement Test (those who scored 19 or above on the ACT test or 500 or above on the SAT test.)

EVALUATION OF STUDENT PROGRESS:

Evaluation of course work will be based on classroom assignments, quizzes, tests, class participation, self-assessment, and homework assignments. Final grades will be determined by the following percentages: 90-100%=A, 80-89%=B, 70-79%=C, 60-69%=D, below 60%=F.

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

The following textbook for AD 116 is available through Textbook Services:
Reading Power 6e, by James I. Brown and Vivian V. Fishco, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2002.

ATTENDANCE:

Very specific reading strategies, which require much practice, are introduced and demonstrated in this course. Attendance is required to achieve the maximum benefit from this class and is expected each time the class meets. Failure to attend class regularly may result in administrative withdrawal from the course; therefore, it is extremely important to stay in contact with the instructor if an emergency would cause an absence from class. The student is responsible for knowing what happens in class and for submitting assignments on time, even if there is a legitimate reason for the absence.

Assignments must be turned in at the beginning of the class on the day they are due. Late work will not be accepted beyond the next class period. Points (10% of total available) will be deducted for each day the assignment is late.

ACADEMIC SUPPORT:

Please keep in mind that your instructor is here to help you. Feel free to stop by during the posted office hours or make an appointment if the times are not convenient for you.

The computer lab in Peck 1410 has software available for additional reading practice in the areas of rate improvement, comprehension, and critical reading. Any additional reading practice outside of class will help to reinforce the strategies you learn and increase your reading skills.

Students needing special academic accommodations should make an appointment with the instructor no later than the end of the first week to discuss arrangements. Students requesting accommodations must have a documented disability and an ID CARD from the SIUE Disability Support Services office located in Rendleman Hall, room 1218.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY:

SIUE will not tolerate inappropriate behavior, cheating, or plagiarism (using the writing or ideas of another as one's own or failing to give credit to the rightful author). Failure to follow these rules may result in a zero on a paper, a failing grade for a course, or even expulsion from the university. Refer to the Booklet "Student Conduct and Student Grievances: Rights and Responsibilities" for clarification if there are questions about this.