EC3 Reading Goals & Objectives

The main focus of the course is on Intensive Reading, which has a skill focus as well as weekly vocabulary and reading/skill quizzes. There are three main intensive reading units, each with a set of readings based around a topic. Students will develop key reading sub-skills, such as skimming, scanning, and identifying the main ideas of texts and paragraphs. In addition, the course will introduce new skills such as understanding charts and statistics as well as a speed-reading component. Lastly, the course will have a lesser-weighted Extensive Reading (ER) component compared with EC1 and EC2, which will be done outside of class promoting learner autonomy and reading fluency.

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to do the following:

Goal 1: Build upon intensive reading skills and strategies to improve reading and comprehension with a wider variety of texts.

Objective 1.1: Develop key reading sub-skills such as a) skimming, b) scanning, c) identifying the main ideas of texts or paragraphs, and d) guessing vocabulary from context.
Objective 1.2: Develop new reading skills such as a) understanding charts and statistics, and b) dealing with unknown words.
Objective 1.3: Develop the ability to identify functions of sentences (e.g. add information, compare, contrast, explain, give a cause, give an effect, etc.) .
Objective 1.4: Develop reading skills through answering comprehension questions and finding information in texts.

Goal 2: Develop reading confidence, fluency and speed.

Objective 2.1: Read at least 100,000 words or more of self-selected graded readers at Levels 2-4.
Objective 2.2: Read in English with increased confidence and fluency through exposure to many graded readers and level-appropriate texts.
Objective 2.3: Read in English with increased speed and fluency through the use of timed reading of graded texts and speed reading progress charts.

Goal 3: Expand lexical knowledge.

Objective 3.1: Broaden and deepen explicit lexical knowledge through intensive reading.
Objective 3.2: Develop key lexical and grammatical items to enhance intensive reading through focused class activities and review.
Objective 3.3: Broaden and deepen implicit lexical knowledge through extensive reading.

Updated 2018.02.15