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Beginning in the Fall Semester of 2013, AELP Courses will no longer receive institutional* credit. 

  *Institutional credit means that the course grade is calculated into the GPA.
AELP courses have never counted toward a degree and have transferred to only a small number of colleges and universities.
 

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The American English Language Program (AELP) at Montgomery College

AELP RD - Reading Courses

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AELR 910 (RD 101): Reading for Non-Native Speakers I
AELR 920 (RD 102): Reading for Non-Native Speakers II
AELR 930 (RD 103): Reading for Non-Native Speakers III 

 

 

 

AELR 910 (RD 101): READING for NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS I

Course Description:   The first required course for American English Language Program (AELP) students in a sequence of three courses designed to teach academic reading of American English. Emphasis on beginning college skills required for success in college content courses, including vocabulary development, words in context, paragraph comprehension, test- and note-taking, and dictionary use. PREREQUISITE: Placement by testing required by the College of non-native speakers of English. Five hours each week. Additional laboratory required. For computation of tuition, this course is equivalent to 5 semester hours.

Course Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Apply effective college vocabulary development skills such as structural analysis, phonic analysis, context clues, and dictionary skills.
  • Apply effective study skills such as following written and oral directions, using a dictionary, applying test-taking strategies, using flash cards, completing graphic organizers such as outlines and concept maps, utilizing skimming and scanning techniques
  • Apply functional reading skills to the reading of maps and legends or other graphical information sources.
  • Identify main ideas and supporting details in reading selections from books, magazines, newspapers, textbooks, and other original sources.
  • Respond orally and in writing to basic information questions (who, what, where, when, why, how) to demonstrate comprehension of reading selections.
  • Use basic interpretive reading skills to answer questions orally or in writing related to ideas, themes, characters, or sequences of events in a passage.
  • Use vocabulary from various sources in written responses such as journal entries, answers to oral and written questions, and paragraphs on topics from assigned readings that may include books, magazines, newspapers, textbooks, and other original sources.

 


AELR 920 (RD 102): READING for NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS II

Course Description:   The second required course in the reading sequence for AELP students continues the teaching of academic reading of American English begun in the first course. Emphasis on intermediate college skills required for success in content courses, including vocabulary development, critical thinking, paragraph and essay comprehension, textbook and media analysis, test- and note-taking, and dictionary use. PREREQUISITE: AELR 910 (RD 101) with a grade of C or better or placement by testing required by the College of non-native speakers of English. Five hours each week. For computation of tuition, this course is equivalent to 5 semester hours.

Course Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Apply a variety of study skills, which may include outlining, using graphic organizers, following directions, note taking, test-taking strategies, mnemonics, and paraphrasing.
  • Demonstrate mastery of targeted academic vocabulary.
  • Determine the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary in context using a variety of strategies in order to comprehend text.
  • Explain and use collocations and idiomatic expressions.
  • Explain the relationships within and between sentences and paragraphs in a variety of text types and possibly in a variety of media.
  • Identify stated and implied main ideas, major and minor supporting details, and patterns of organization.
  • Summarize reading passages using paraphrasing.

 


AELR 930 (RD 103): READING for NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS III

Course Description:   The third required course in the reading sequence for AELP students continues the teaching of academic reading of American English presented in the preceding two courses. Emphasis on the advanced college skills required for success in content courses, including advanced paragraph and essay comprehension, critical reading, textbook and media analysis, and rhetorical patterns. PREREQUISITE: AELR 920 (RD 102) with a grade of C or better or placement by testing required by the College of non-native speakers of English. Five hours each week. Additional laboratory required. For computation of tuition, this course is equivalent to 5 semester hours.

Course Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Apply the above-mentioned skills and strategies to freshman-level content in authentic academic tasks including summarizing.
  • Demonstrate mastery of an extensive selection of college-level general academic vocabulary.
  • Utilize comprehension skills (e.g. identifying main ideas and their accompanying major and minor details, analyzing rhetorical patterns, recognizing the meaning conveyed by grammar features, interpreting graphic aids) to understand paragraphs, short essay
  • Utilize context clues and word parts to interpret and acquire new vocabulary.
  • Utilize critical reading skills (e.g. inference; differentiating fact from opinion or theory; identifying bias, purpose, and tone; analyzing argumentative techniques) to analyze, evaluate, and respond to readings.
  • Utilize study skills including note taking, graphic organizers, outlining, highlighting and annotating, reading strategies, organization skills, and following oral and written directions.

 


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