Reading Services Department

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Course Descriptions

Courses numbered under 100 are not intended for transfer credit.

10 Spelling
One hour lecture (1)
Provides necessary skills to increase spelling ability through an introduction to phonetics and the rules of orthography.

11 Spelling II
One hour lecture (1)
An intensive study and application of techniques necessary to improve college-level spelling ability.

30 Fundamental Reading Skills/CAI
Four hours lecture-laboratory (2)
An individualized computer assisted instruction program based on in-depth computerized testing, assessment and prescription for the improvement of students' reading comprehension. Emphasis is placed on identifying literal and analytical reading skills and applying them to college and life skills materials. Open entry/open exit. Grading: Credit/No Credit.

50 Reading Improvement
Three hours lecture-Three hours laboratory (4)
A course designed to improve reading skills. Individual reading problems are diagnosed and improved through a variety of instructional materials and learning techniques. For students who need to remedy difficulties with reading comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency.

51 Mastering Reading Skills
Three hours lecture-Three hours laboratory (4)
A course designed to apply strategies for reading difficult material to faciliate literal and affective comprehension as well as improving critical thinking skillss.

60 Individualized Reading Comprehension
Each class requires 32 hours lecture-laboratory. Hours arranged with instructor for self-paced instruction (1)
An individualized program based on in-depth testing and assessment of students' reading comprehension strengths and weaknesses. Emphasis is placed on identifying literal and analytical reading skills and applying them to appropriate materials. Open entry/open exit. Grading: Credit/No Credit.

110 Power Reading
Three hours lecture-Three hours laboratory (4)
Intended for students with reading competencies who wish to enhance their reading ability by increasing reading speed, comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, and critical analysis. For students who do not have reading comprehension and vocabulary difficulties. CSU

110 Power Reading - Online
Three hours lecture-Three hours laboratory (4)
Intended for students with reading competencies who wish to enhance their reading ability by increasing reading speed, comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, and critical analysis. For students who do not have reading comprehension and vocabulary difficulties. CSU

This is a hybrid course combining online lecture and face-to-face lab components. Classroom lectures at times will be replaced with online interaction, electronic submission of some assignments, and structured online discussions.

115 Vocabulary Development
Two hours lecture (2)
Widens the student's vocabulary range and provides a greater understanding and usage of words. Emphasis is on the development of all aspects of college-level vocabulary. CSU

120 Critical Reading
Three hours lecture (3)

Designed for students reading at or near college level. Examines the relationship of critical reading and critical thinking. Enhances the student’s ability to think and read critically, applying critical analysis and logical reasoning. Development of advanced critical reading, thinking, and problem solving skills will lead to the ability to analyze, evaluate, and advocate ideas. CSU

125 Reading Across the Curriculum
One hour lecture (1)
Intended for students who wish to develop their reading skills in content-specific courses. Provides instruction in how to develop and apply strategies for reading textbooks from all disciplines. Grading: Credit/No Credit. CSU

197 Reading Topics
Units awarded in topics courses are dependent upon the number of hours required of the student. Any combination of lecture, laboratory, or lecture-laboratory may be scheduled by the department. Refer to Class Schedule. (.5-4)
Topics in Reading. See Class Schedule for specific topic offered. Course title will designate subject covered. May be taken four times. CSU

1140 West Mission Road • San Marcos, CA 92069-1487 • (760) 744-1150, Ext. 2568 • Room RC-1

Department Chair: Melinda Carrillo

Academic Department Assistant:   Darla Mulder 

Please send questions or comments about this page to: cthomson@palomar.edu