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AD 082 College Reading II – (3 credits)

Course Description

College Reading II focuses on strengthening reading comprehension and encourages critical reading skills that are necessary for successful completion of college courses. A variety of strategies will be presented to assist the student in improving vocabulary, comprehension, test-taking abilities, reading rate, and flexibility in reading. This course carries institutional credit only, which means that the credits are not calculated in the number of hours earned toward graduation. However, they do count toward full-time student status and for financial aid requirements.

Evaluation of Student Progress

Evaluation of course work will be based on classroom assignments, quizzes, tests, class participation, homework assignments, and attendance. Final grades will be determined by the following percentages: 90-100 %=A, 80-89%=B, 70-79%=C, 60-69%=D, below 60%=F. A student must earn a minimum of C in the course AND achieve college level reading scores on the standardized posttests in order to be advanced to the next level reading course (Reading Speed and Efficiency, AD 116) or to exit the reading program.

Required Materials

The following textbooks for AD 082 are available through Textbook Services:
Reading Across the Disciplines, College Reading and Beyond 2e, by Kathleen T. McWhorter, Longman, 2005.
Reading and All That Jazz 3e, by Peter Mather & Rita McCarthy, McGraw-Hill, 2006.


Learning takes place in the classroom through the introduction, demonstration and practice of reading strategies and activities. 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 handing in assignments on time, even if there is a legitimate reason for the absence.

Please note: The financial aid policy requires students to pass a minimum percentage of all courses attempted, including Academic Development courses, in order to maintain eligibility. An adviser should be consulted for questions about this policy.

Academic Support

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

Students needing special academic accommodations must have a documented disability and an ID CARD from Disability Support Services and must discuss with the instructors those accommodations that are needed by the end of the first week.

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 policy.

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