Reading Department

The Reading Department is dedicated to facilitating student achievement and academic success while emphasizing the needs of a diversely expanding population within the South Orange County Community College District. Please refer to the following items for how reading courses and resources are valuable to student success in both their academic and professional careers:

   

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Reading Career Flyer

When you take a reading course at Saddleback College, you enter into a world of possibilities where you become a valued member of a learning community that understands the importance of developing and maximizing your abilities as a reader. We appreciate that reading is the bridge to a better life, to the fulfillment of dreams. The professors in the Reading department strive to create opportunities for you both in and out of the classroom. Reading Career Flyer

Irene Renault redman

Academic Reading Center Coordinator
Contact for additional information
E-mail: irenault@saddleback.edu








 

Curriculum

 

ENG 70 – Critical Reading (3.0 Units)

Prerequisite: completion of English 1A with a "C" or better, fulfills critical thinking requirement for CSU and UC; fulfills information competency requirement for AA degree.

Course Content Includes:

 
  • Development of critical thinking
  • Reading and writing skills
  • Research skills
 

This course is designed to develop skills consistent with a demanding college curriculum: understanding implied content, exercising logical reasoning, and acquiring argumentative writing skills are emphasized. English 70 is a good follow-up for students who have completed English 180.

 

ENG 180 – Speed Reading (3.0 Units)

Fulfills reading competency requirements for AA degree; transferable credit to CSU.

Course Content Includes:

 
  • Rate building with recreational study, and critical reading material
  • Skimming/scanning techniques
  • Reading comprehension at or above college level
  • Vocabulary development at or above college level
 

This class is traditional with emphasis on group drill, individual participation, and lecture. Designed for students reading at or above 10th grade level who wish to increase their reading efficiency.
 

ENG 190 – Academic Reading (3.0 Units)

Fulfills reading competency requirements for AA degree; transferable credit to CSU.

Course Content Includes:
 

  • Enhancement of listening, writing and note-taking skills
  • Memory/concentration/study techniques for reading a college text
  • Expand college level test-taking skills
  • Promote high level critical thinking with various academic readings
 

This online course will impact your reading ability with college-level work and introduces various learning strategies to improve all stages of academic reading. Critical thinking, summary writing, note-taking, time budgeting, memory techniques and test taking skills are emphasized.

 

ENG 340 – Reading Skills for College (3.0 Units)

Corequisite: ENG 341 - Reading Lab

Course Content Includes:

 
  • Vocabulary development
  • Reading comprehension
  • Study skills strategies used in reading textbooks, taking tests & listening
  • Writing
 

This class is a traditional class, limited in size, to prepare students for college-level work by bringing their reading abilities and study skills to college proficiency. Emphasis is on individual help and careful progress to develop reading confidence and success in college.

 

ENG 345 – Building Basic Reading Skills (3.0 Units)

Corequisite: ENG 346 - Reading Lab

Course Content Includes:

 
  • Literal comprehension
  • Vocabulary skills
  • Expand recreational reading
  • Written summaries of a reading
 

This course is recommended for students whose reading placement scores indicate a substantial need for reading improvement. Materials will be at the student's instructional reading level and range from expository readings to novels and short stories.

 

ENG 332 – ESL Reading Lab (0.5 Units)

These lab classes are designed to help improve spelling, reading, comprehension, reading rate, vocabulary, or study skills at your own pace independent of formal class structure.
You meet with the lab instructor for formal diagnosis and program planning, then work independently on the assigned material. These classes offer an excellent opportunity to brush up skills and earn credit when there is no time in your schedule for a 3-unit class or to develop needed strategies once the semester has begun and it is too late to enroll in class. Open entry/open exit: students may register for and complete the class anytime throughout the semester.

 

ENG 333 – Reading Skills Lab (0.5 Units)

These lab classes are designed to help improve spelling, reading, comprehension, reading rate, vocabulary, or study skills at your own pace independent of formal class structure. You meet with the lab instructor for formal diagnosis and program planning, then work independently on the assigned material.  These classes offer an excellent opportunity to brush up skills and earn credit when there is no time in your schedule for a 3-unit class or to develop needed strategies once the semester has begun and it is too late to enroll in class.  Open entry/open exit -- students may register for and complete the class anytime throughout the semester.

 

ENG 334 – Spelling Skills for College (2.0 Units)

Corequisite: English 335 (1 lab hour/week)

Course Content includes:

 
  • Basic spelling rules
  • Commonly misspelled words
  • Dictionary usage
  • Principles of pronunciation
 

This class is designed for students who need to develop their spelling skills for success in college. Through classroom instruction, lab us and testing, students will learn to sharpen their spelling and writing ability.

 

Michelle Duffy redman

Reading Department Co-Chair
Office: BGS 202
Phone: (949) 582 - 4705
Email: mduffy@saddleback.edu

 

Jeff Vogel redman

Reading Department Co-Chair
Office: BGS 209
Phone: (949) 582 - 4805
Email: jvogel@saddleback.edu