Read, read, read. – William Faulkner, author
Reading is an essential part of the higher education experience. Most courses require a significant amount of reading, so you will want to be fully prepared. The Reading department offers five reading courses to prepare you for credit coursework. Our courses are offered at various times and locations to meet your needs. We look forward to working with you!
Three equated credit hours: Develop skills, habits and attitudes that will result in more effective reading and studying. Strengthen language and vocabulary skills, using prior learning and experience as a foundation. Identify main ideas in reading selections, find important details and understand relationships between sentences. Explore how skills in reading transfer to problem solving in everyday life.
Three equated credit hours: Prepare for academic reading at the college level by developing more advanced participatory approaches to critical thinking and problem solving. Practice strategies that encourage active reading of college-level textbooks. Identify thesis, main ideas and details, with an emphasis on inferential comprehension. Explore how skills in reading transfer to problem solving in everyday life.
Three equated credit hours: Explore and reflect on what it means to be a critical reader. Improve analytic skills through discussing how authors develop and support their theses. Analyze, evaluate and synthesize persuasive writing. Expand vocabulary and sharpen ability to use context to imply meaning.
Five equated credit hours: Explore and critically evaluate a variety of academic texts. Identify, discuss and write about abstract ideas from a variety of complex academic texts. Expand and connect readings to other meaningful texts, to the world, and to the lived experiences of the students. Develop an understanding of the writing process in order to produce authentic academic writing, thus preparing students for success in college level reading and writing.
Kerry Taylor, Ph.D., curriculum coordinator
Forest Caskey, assistant professor
Susan Rous, program assistant
If you want to improve reading comprehension, better manage time, learn strategies to improve grades or practice critical thinking skills, the Academic Literacies Lab can help you! AACC has two academic literacy labs: one at the Arnold campus in Truxal Library Room 118 and one at AACC at Arundel Mills Room 204.
The Academic Literacies Lab offers its services free to all registered students. Walk-in appointments are available at Arundel Mills, but we prefer appointments in Arnold. Call 410-777-2077 for information or an appointment.
The Academic Literacies Lab provides:
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