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Academic Reading Skills

  • Section Template
  • 4 Credits
  • 04/30/2013 to 01/01/2075
  • Modified 12/15/2020


Advanced level non-native speakers of English will develop reading strategies and skills for academic success. Students will interact with college level texts while using critical thinking skills and academic vocabulary. Students may co-enroll in selected general education courses. Reading Level 5 granted upon successful completion (exit competency 3.0.). (F,Sp,Su)


Prerequisite: Prerequisite:  (Minimum 2.5 in ESOL 115 or Writing Level 4) and (Minimum 3.0 in ESOL 110 or Reading Level 4) and ESLL 2 or Placement Test.

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Total Hrs



Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Reading Comprehension Skills:
    1. Use text-appropriate reading strategies when reading academic texts.
    2. Utilize a variety of strategies, such as skimming, scanning, and predicting content, during the three stages of the reading process.
    3. Demonstrate the ability to determine the main idea and supporting details in academic texts.
    4. Accurately interpret information from graphs, tables, and charts.
    5. Unlock the meaning of sentences with complex grammatical structures, such as passive voice, reduced relative clauses, and heavy nominalization.
    6. Utilize cohesive/coherent structures, transition words, repetition of key words and ideas, use of demonstratives, and other key elements to increase reading comprehension.
    7. Identify various patterns of textual organization, such as classification, cause/effect, generalization/detail, time order, spatial order, order of importance, and compare/contrast.
    8. Summarize and paraphrase information from an academic text into lists, categories, outlines, or graphic organizers.
    9. Demonstrate critical thinking skills, such as making logical inferences, identifying referenced material, drawing logical conclusions, evaluating the relevance of supporting evidence or arguments, determining point of view, recognizing opinions, synthesizing information from different sources, identifying similarities and differences, and identifying cause and effect relationships.
  2. Vocabulary Skills:
    1. Use a variety of strategies for guessing the meaning of words in context.
    2. Utilize knowledge of word stems, affixes, synonyms, word families, and collocations to decode the meaning of new vocabulary.
    3. Use an English-English dictionary appropriately by utilizing usage labels, etymologies, multiple definitions, phonetic symbols, and common abbreviations.
  3. Technology and Library Skills:
    1. Use the Internet and World Wide Web as resources.
    2. Use web-based resources and textbook websites to work individually on improving reading and vocabulary skills.
    3. Communicate with the instructor by e-mail.
  4. Writing Skills
    1. Demonstrate reading comprehension by writing clear and complete answers to long and short essay questions about class readings.
    2. Write clear and complete sentences to demonstrate knowledge of new vocabulary. 


Tools, Equipment or Apparel (Required of the Student)

Computer with e-mail, word-processing, etc.

Note: Students taking the Internet version of ESOL 120 will need a computer with word processing capacities, an Internet connection, and an e-mail account. Computers meeting these requirements are available on LCC's Main Campus in the TLC Computer Laboratory, and in all LCC campus libraries.


Student Electronic Access to Grades

D2L is the College’s Course Management System which includes a gradebook function allowing students access to their grades in order to receive timely and meaningful feedback on their progress in the course at any time. These grades will align with the Evaluation Criteria listed in this syllabus. D2L is accessed through the MyLCC page.

Whenever practicable, results for graded items should be posted electronically within 48 hours after the instructor has completed the grading process for the items, and final grades for the course should be entered no later than the specified grading day.


Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes
Assignments & Participation 20%

Minimum of 5 reading journals and a career project

Quizzes 20%

6 one-hour chapter vocabulary quizzes

Tests 30%

2 two-hour unit reading tests

Final Exam 30%


College Standard




College Grading Standards

Recommended Guidelines for Student Grades

4.0  --- Excellent

4.0     ---     91 – 100%

3.5  --- ---------

3.5     ---     86 – 90%

3.0  --- Good

3.0     ---     81 – 85%

2.5  --- ---------

2.5     ---     76 – 80%

2.0  --- Satisfactory

2.0     ---     71 – 75%

1.5  --- ---------

1.5     ---     66 – 70%

1.0  --- Poor

1.0     ---     60 – 65%

0.0  --- --------

0.0     ---       0 – 59%

Course Policies


It is a program policy that instructors do not accept gifts of any kind, including food, from students. Throughout the course, there may be opportunities for students to share food or other cultural items as a group activity.

Class Attendance/Participation

If class participation is included in the final course grade calculation, a rubric will be used to assign class participation points.

Extra Credit

Extra credit may be available in this course. This information is provided by the section instructor.


Diagnostic Testing is required (vocabulary).

Exams and Tests

Exams and tests for this course are considered LCC property and must be retained by the professor.  Students are not allowed to keep, copy or photograph tests.

Class Attendance/Participation


Institutional Policies

Academic Success Coaches

At Lansing Community College, student success is our top priority.  Our Academic Success Coaches mentor students to help them meet their educational, personal and career goals.  LCC faculty or staff may refer you to an Academic Success Coach if they recognize that mentoring or assistance may be helpful to you. Please monitor your LCC email for referral notifications.  Your participation in academic success coaching is voluntary.

In addition, we encourage you to contact an Academic Success Coach on your own if you need help, guidance or assistance to reach your goals.  To contact an Academic Success Coach, call (517) 483-1422, email [email protected], or visit the Academic Success Coaching Team website for more information.

Disability Statement

Students with disabilities who believe that they may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact the Center for Student Access, Gannon Building, Star Zone - Center for Student Support, via the Center for Student Access website, or by calling (517) 483-5323 as soon as possible to better ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.

Enrollment Verification

Class attendance and participation are essential to student success. Instructors will update class rosters by the 8th day after the start date of sections less than 8 weeks long, and by the 15th day after the start date of sections 8 weeks or longer to accurately reflect student enrollment in each course. Students who have not attended by these dates may be administratively dropped and responsible for any required tuition and fee charges.

Nondiscrimination Statement

Lansing Community College is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and equal education for all persons regardless of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, creed, ancestry, height, weight, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, familial status, marital status, military status, veteran’s status, or other status as protected by law, or genetic information that is unrelated to the person’s ability to perform the duties of a particular job or position or that is unrelated to the person’s ability to participate in educational programs, courses services or activities offered by the college.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Equal Opportunity Officer, Washington Court Place, 309 N. Washington Square Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1730; Employee Coordinator 504/ADA, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1875; Student Coordinator 504/ADA, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1885; Sarah Velez, Human Resource Manager/Title IX Coordinator, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1874; Christine Thompson, Student Title IX Coordinator, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1261.

Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines

LCC supports a positive learning environment that provides opportunities for student success. The College recognizes the value and importance of a safe and orderly learning environment that encourages honesty, integrity, and ethical conduct. The Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines ensure the protection of student rights and the health and safety of the College community, as well as aid in the efficient operation of College programs. In addition, the College has established procedures for addressing reports of alleged violations.                 

It is the responsibility of the student to be familiar with, and abide by, the Student Code of Conduct, as well as the General Rules and Guidelines. Furthermore, the instructor may establish reasonable guidelines within the classroom environment. Violations of the Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines may be reported to the Office of Student Compliance.

Transfer Potential

For transfer information, please consult the LCC Transfer webpage.  In addition, the Michigan Transfer Network website allows students the ability to search courses and discover how those courses transfer to colleges and universities statewide.

The Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) simplifies the transfer of students from one Michigan institution to another. For the most current information, see the LCC General Education webpage.

For additional transfer information contact the Academic Advising Center in the Gannon Building - Star Zone, (517) 483-1904.

Compliance with COVID-19 Safety Precautions

All students, employees and visitors have a part to play in keeping the LCC community safe.  Everyone entering campus is required to adhere to the safety measures as outlined on the Spring Refresh 2021 webpage. Reports of noncompliance will be submitted to the Student Compliance Office for appropriate action.  Students with questions or concerns should email [email protected].

Media Release Statement

Photographs, pictures, slides, movies, video, or other media coverage of students may be taken for College-related business, in connection with their enrollment or participation in LCC activities without compensation from LCC, its Trustees, officers, directors, employees, students and agents of each of them, and photographs, pictures, slides, movies, video, or other media coverage of students may be used for any legal purposes.

Additional Items

Course Practices

Exit Competency: The exit competency for this class is a grade of 3.0.  


The Color Vowel Chart will be sued to introduce and reinforce the pronunciation of vocabulary.  Professors will introduce methods, techniques, and strategies for learning new vocabulary and hold students accountable for the course lexicon through regular quizzes.

Course Specific Information

Plagiarism is copying or using all or part of someone else's words or ideas, and allowing the instructor to think that you wrote them. If you take someone else's paper and put your name on it, this is also plagiarism. Plagiarism and cheating are serious offenses. Cheating is copying or using another student's homework or answers on a test. Instructors should refer students caught cheating or plagiarizing to the department chair. It is your responsibility as a student to understand and remember the College's rules against plagiarism and cheating.