BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

READ-040 - Introductory Reading Skills -

READ-040 - Introductory Reading Skills -

Course Details
READ 040 is a course designed to introduce learners to basic reading and study skills. Learners will improve their reading proficiency using various written works as well as First Nations literature and college reading skills textbooks. Learners will enhance oral and silent reading skills and will critically evaluate written ideas. This course will complement other College Readiness courses by increasing vocabulary and providing analysis test, as complemented with learning outcomes of College Readiness courses. A holistic approach to learning while attending an academic institution is also examined.
Part of the:
  • Developmental Studies Department
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • College Readiness - Qualifying Courses
  • Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent.
    Office Hours: 1.5
    Contact Hours: 60
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 30% Midterm 20% Final Examination 20% Participation in informal presentations 30% Grading: Grading procedures follow the NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of Read 040, the learner should:

  • demonstrate oral reading skills and correct pronunciation of reading materials at an intermediate level;

  • demonstrate vocabulary building skills by defining and using new words in a sentence while understanding context and etymology clues;

  • improve silent reading skills while also improving comprehension and retention;

  • achieve a reading speed of 180 words per minute;

  • demonstrate a critical evaluation of ideas by determining an author's purpose and differentiating between fact and opinion;

  • preview textbooks and applicable written materials to demonstrate an understanding of main or important points;

  • demonstrate a critical evaluation of passages of written work by rephrasing the stated meaning.

  • analyze paragraphs and 5-paragraph essays for key ideas and supporting details;

  • define and identify unambiguous examples of description, sequence, cause and effect, comparison, and contrast; and

  • demonstrate study skills and active learning methods such as note taking from different sources, improving memory, and preparing for different test situations.
  • Text and Materials: Select lessons from the following texts can be photocopied for learners;
    Maurin, Peter J. Keys To Success: Canadian Edition. 1998
    Ellis, David B. Becoming A Master Student: Canadian Edition. 1999
    Hancock, Ophelia H. Reading Skills For College Students - 5 Edition. 2001
    Winstanley, S. and Langan, J. College Writing Skills with Readings: Canadian Edition. 1996
    The Community Access & Learning Center. Study Skills Survival Guide. 1999
    Other Resources: Written material to be analyzed will cover relevant First Nation's topics.
    A dictionary of current English.
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information: Elders will be invited to participate in class on a regular basis. Guest speakers will be invited to assist in various areas of course delivery.