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Developmental courses in reading are intended for those students who are not quite ready academically for college level courses. To meet the demands of college level reading, Developmental Reading courses offer opportunities for students to build background knowledge, improve vocabulary, and build study skills and test taking abilities. Upon successful completion, students will be ready for college-level courses.
Placement in Developmental Reading courses is determined by placement testing. The English classes in which students may enroll in addition to Developmental Reading are listed under Composition and Literature.
For additional information regarding reading courses, contact the division office (815) 921-3338.
Basic Reading Skills
Basic Reading Skills helps students improve their reading skills to the level necessary for entrance to Reading 096. Emphasis is on vocabulary development, comprehension, and study strategies.
Credit: 5 semester hours
Lecture: 5 Lab: 0
Reading for Bilingual Students
Reading for Bilingual Students is designed for students whose first language is not English. The intent of the course is to help students improve their reading skills in English to the level necessary to succeed in RDG 099. The course will focus on comprehension, vocabulary improvement and the ability to select skills and strategies approproate to a specific reading task. Pleacement based on entrance assessment scores.
Credit: 4 semester hours
Lecture: 4 Lab: 0
Essentials of Reading
Essentials of Reading is intended to help students improve their reading skills to the level necessary for entrance to Reading 099. Emphasis is on improvement of vocabulary, comprehension, study strategies, and time management.
Credit: 4 semester hours
Lecture: 4 Lab: 0
Reading for Academic Purposes
Reading for Academic Purposes emphasizes the development of reading strategies to enhance the comprehension and critical thinking of college-level material. Topics include vocabulary development, extracting implied meaning, drawing conclusions, and analyzing college texts. Placement is according to entrance assessment. RDG 099 may also be taken on a voluntary basis for students who did not test into the reading program. Prerequiste: None Credits: 4 semester hours Lecture: 4 Lab: 0
College Reading focuses on reading flexibility, critical reading techniques, lecture processing skills, and test cycle evaluation. The course includes developing time management skills and applying study skills to individual student's college course material.
Prerequisite: Placement is voluntary to students who are not mandated into RDG 080, 096, 099. This course is highly recommended for students who have marginal assessment scores, are on academic probation, or need to develop successful study strategies.
Credit: 2 semester hours
Lecture: 2 Lab: 0