RD90 4 credits
Improves reading and vocabulary skills by developing specific reading strategies and analytical skills as well as by expanding basic background knowledge that will lead to proficiency in students’ college coursework. Skills to be developed include comprehension, flexibility, critical thinking, graphic illustrations, and the use of library resources. Selections, which are excerpts from current college textbooks and a variety of sources, enable the student to further develop the background knowledge and vocabulary necessary to effectively read college-level material. The course also addresses work-related literacies such as creative and critical thinking, following written and oral instructions, collaboration, and communication skills. When taken with WR90, courses is equivalent to WR91. Course is graded on a pass/no pass basis. Previously offered as RD30.
Prerequisite: Designated placement test score. Course does not transfer.
RD115 3 credits
Speed Reading for College
Teaches an effective speedreading process. The goal is for students to improve reading rate, vocabulary and comprehension. It also develops skills needed to become a more intelligent reader and a more accomplished college level student. These skills include efficient reading habits such as speed studying and speed researching; recognition of writing structures of fiction and various types of non-fiction; and inferential and critical reading.
Prerequisite: RD30 or RD90, designated placement test score, or college-level reading skills. Offered winter and summer terms.
RD116 3 credits
Adds significantly to students' reading, writing, and speaking vocabularies, fosters an interest in words, and offers strategies for vocabulary development throughout life. Students will study word elements that hold the key to understanding English words. The vocabulary presented in this class will be practical, contextual, and relevant for all college students. Attention is given to application of spelling and vocabulary to college, personal success and future employment.
Prerequisites: RD30 or RD90 and WR30 or WR90, or designated placement test scores. Offered fall and winter terms.
RD120 3 credits
Critical Reading and Thinking
Develops students’ ability to think logically, solve problems, identify values, and understand various reasoning processes using a variety of sources. Students improve the quality of their reading and thinking by applying elements of reasoning and intellectual standards. In this skill-building course, students will critically evaluate complex issues from a variety of sources and develop lifelong critical reading and thinking skills.
Prerequisites: RD30 or RD90 and WR30 or WR90, or designated placement test scores. Offered winter and summer terms.