NEW MEXICO JUNIOR COLLEGE

MISSION STATEMENT

Reading Improvement

SYLLABUS

  1. GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION
  2. A. Course Title: Reading Improvement
    B. Course Number: TS 123 - 30167
    C. Semester: Fall 2017
    D. Days/Time: M W F 10:00:00 AM - 10:50:00 AM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Wong, Ruth
    G. Office: Mansur Hall (MH) 129D
    H. Email Address: RWong@nmjc.edu
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2839
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 9:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST); 4:00:00 PM-6:00:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 3:00:00 PM-6:00:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 9:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST); 11:00:00 AM-1:00:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 9:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);
    If you are unable to meet during office hours, please contact me through Canvas mail for an appointment.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): Student must pass TS113, and, or score 61-80 on the Compass exam.
    M. Corequisite(s): none
    N. Class Location: MH121
  3. COURSE DESCRIPTION

    This course is designed to help students improve their reading skills. The goals include increased comprehension, vocabulary, and the student’s ability to remember what they have read. These skills and strategies provide a foundation needed to succeed in other college classes which require college-level textbook reading. The student must attain a grade of “C” or better to advance. This is a three credit hour course. Prerequisite: TS 113 Developmental Reading or appropriate score on a placement exam

  4. COURSE RATIONALE / TRANSFERABILITY

    This course is designed to provide strategies to enable students to improve their overall reading skills. This course is a developmental course and there is no guarantee of transferability to all institutions of higher education. Please check with the receiving institution for transferability.

  5. REQUIRED / SUGGESTED COURSE MATERIALS

    Required:

    Smith, Brenda. Breaking Through College Reading.11th ed. Boston, Pearson Education, 2013. Print. (New student editions only)ISBN: 978-0321994196

    Suggested:

    dictionary

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.

  6. GRADING POLICY

    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F
    

    Grading Distribution:
    Homework 35%
    Daily Work 35%
    Tests 30%
    You may pass this course with a D, but you must pass this course with a C or better to move out of TS123.

    Tests/quizzes/exercises will be graded in the traditional manner.

    Policies:
    You will receive a zero for any daily exercises, quizzes, or tests that you miss unless you make arrangements to make up the missed work.

    Mid-term Level Advance:
    At mid-term, the student may try to 'test out' or advance to the next course/level by fulfilling the following requirements:
    Strong consistent attendance
    70% or better grade average at mid-term
    Accuplacer Score of 81 or better
    Exit Conference

    Grades for the course will be posted by the end of the day on Sundays of each week. The instructor reserves the right to round up the final grade.

  7. INSTITUTIONAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    New Mexico Junior Collegeís institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:

  8. DEPARTMENTAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    This course is intended to help the student increase their overall reading skills by increasing their vocabulary and by building comprehension strategies. By doing so, students may increase their chances of success in other college courses.
    Students will analyze and evaluate oral and written communication in terms of situation, audience, purpose, aesthetics, and diverse points of view.
    Students will express a primary purpose in a compelling statement and order supporting points logically and convincingly.
    Students will use effective rhetorical strategies to persuade, inform, and engage.
    Students will employ writing and/or speaking processes such as planning, collaborating, organizing, composing, revising, and editing to create presentations using correct diction, syntax, grammar, and mechanics.
    Students will integrate research correctly and ethically from credible sources to support the primary purpose of a communication.
    Students will engage in reasoned civic discourse while recognizing the distinctions among opinions, facts, and inferences.

  9. SPECIFIC COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The student should be able to:
    * Identify and discuss vocabulary and definitions.
    * Demonstrate the types of context clues to determine the meaning of words.
    * Identify and discuss topic, main idea, supporting details, and central point.
    * Identify and describe the reading stages: previewing, integrating knowledge, and recalling.
    * Identify and describe organizational patterns.
    * Recognize the authorís use of inferences, purpose, and tone.
    * Apply annotating, notetaking, summarizing, outlining, and mapping to textbook passages.

  10. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    The instructor will respond to student e-mails within 48 hours.

  11. GENERAL/MISCELLANEOUS

    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at specialneeds@nmjc.edu.

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Plagiarism
    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether itís a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at www.nmjc.edu, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21, 2017. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.

  12. CRITICAL INCIDENT AND EVACUATION PLAN
  13. ACADEMIC CALENDAR
  14. FINALS SCHEDULE
  15. COURSE OUTLINE

    Course Schedule - Fall 2016
    The following course outline is tentative and subject to change at the discretion of the instructor. Any necessary schedule changes will be announced in class.

    Week One
    Syllabus: Highlights
    Diagnostic Test: Informal quick check
    Chapter 1: Successful reading
    Chapter 2: Stages of reading

    Week 2
    Finish Chapter 2: Stages of reading
    Quiz Review: Six learning objectives, three stages of good reading, schema, metacognition, six thinking strategies during reading
    Vocabulary Lesson - pages 74 - 76
    Appendix 6: Practice for Reading Efficiency
    Test over Chapter 2 (including vocabulary)

    Week 3
    Chapter 3: Textbook Learning
    Appendix 1: Sample Textbook Chapter
    Vocabulary Lesson - pages 135-137

    Week 4
    Review Chapter 3
    Test over Chapter 3 (including vocabulary)
    Appendix 5:Test-taking Preparation and Practice

    Week 5
    Chapter 4: Vocabulary
    Vocabulary Lesson - pages 172-174
    Appendix 2: Word Parts: Prefixes, Roots, and Suffixes

    Week 6
    Test over Chapter 4 (including vocabulary)
    Chapter 5: Topic Main Idea, supporting Details
    Vocabulary Lesson - pages 235-237

    Week 7
    Continue in Chapter 5
    Test over Chapter 5 (including vocabulary)


    Week 8
    Mid-term Reading Acculplacer Test
    Chapter 6: Supporting details and Organizational Patterns.

    Week 9
    Continue in chapter 6
    Introduce Vocabulary - pages 313 - 315

    Week 10
    Continue in chapter 6 and reviewing vocabulary
    Test over Chapter 6 (including vocabulary)


    Week 11
    Cover research skills based on 316-318
    Chapter 7: Inference
    Review inference in a variety of ways

    Week 12
    Review Chapter 7
    Vocabulary Lesson - pages 363-365
    Test over Chapter 7 (including vocabulary)

    Begin discussion Chapter 8

    Week 13
    Chapter 8: Analytical Reasoning
    Vocabulary Lesson - pages 413-415
    Test over Chapter 8 (including vocabulary)

    Week 14
    Everyday Reading Skills - Reading Newspaper Editorials - pages 366-367

    Happy Thanksgiving

    Week 15
    Study Chapter 9: Critical Reading

    Week 16
    Vocabulary Lesson - pages 474 - 476
    Test over Chapter 9 (including vocabulary)
    Exit Conference

    On-going Class Assignments
    Short writing assignments may be given to help develop particular reading skills.

    Updated: 10/31/2017

    **Note: The preceding information may be changed at the discretion of the instructor as needed or warranted.**