Reading Program





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 two items for further information on the Academic Reading Program and how reading courses are valuable to student success in both their academic and professional careers:

The multi-level reading program includes both a range of developmental and college-level classes and independent labs designed to aid our students in the following areas:

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  • Vocabulary
  • Reading comprehension
  • Study skills
  • Reading rates
  • Spelling
  • Critical thinking

Modern technology and software programs form the core of the independent reading labs, further complementing academic maturation and success for our students.

Location & Hours of Operation

Building & Room Number: LRC 215
Phone: (949) 582 - 4539

Hours of Operation: Spring 2016
Monday 09:00 a.m. to 04:00 p.m.
Tuesday 09:00 a.m. to 07:00 p.m.
Wednesday 07:30 a.m. to 01:30 p.m.
Thursday 07:30 a.m. to 01:30 p.m.
Friday 09:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Hours of Operation: Summer 2016
Monday 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m.
Tuesday 11:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m.
03:00 p.m. to 06:00 p.m.
Wednesday 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m.
Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m.
03:00 p.m. to 06:00 p.m.
Friday Closed


Academic Reading Center Resources

  • Transferable Courses in Reading

    Transferable Courses for Reading (Image)

    ENG 70: Reasoning & College Reading

    For students from all academic disciplines who seek to develop logical thinking, critical reading, and argumentative writing skills. Emphasis is on understanding implied meaning and logic and on developing college-level skills in analytical reading and writing (formerly ENG 170).

    ENG 180: Speed Reading & Comprehension Training

    Emphasizes rate-increase in recreational, study and technical reading; skimming and scanning; comprehension improvement and vocabulary enrichment.

    ENG 190: Academic Reading - Success & Strategies for College

    Prepare students for college-level work by developing effective study strategies for note-taking, test-taking, textbook reading,
    critical thinking, memory concentration, listening and summarizing.
    Looking to Transfer?


  • Academic Reading Strategies

    Study skills for student success involving mnemonic devices (memory-tricks), textbook annotations, Cornell notes, test-taking strategies as they apply to essay composition and much more!

    Videos & PDF Presentations


  • Academic Reading & Allied Health

    This two-week program provides students with the opportunity to explore and prepare for a variety of careers in the Allied Health fields. Combining specialized training in mathematics and communications skills (where reading proficiency has a direct correlation with communicating one's comprehension of learned materials) with laboratory simulations from a variety of healthcare fields.

    Healthcare Career (Professional Communications)


  • Basic Skills Initiative (BSI): Faculty Resource

    In 2009, the Saddleback Reading Department compiled the results of a Basic Skills Initiative (BSI) faculty survey that attempted to identify the most significant teaching and learning issues on campus. Faculty members were asked to identify topics that would be most relevant to them in future teaching and learning workshops. The following three topics were identified as those in which faculty would like the most assistance: preparing students to write for their assignments, methods of encouraging critical thinking, and teaching students to read course textbooks.

    How Do I Get My Students to Read Their Textbooks?


  • Reading Program Newsletters

Ruby Trott redman

Lab Technician
Location: LRC 215
Phone: (949) 582 - 4539

Daniel Posthuma redman

Lab Technician
Location: LRC 215
Phone: (949) 582 - 4539

Irene Renault redman

Coordinator, Academic Reading Center
Office: BGS 301
Phone: (949) 582 - 4842

Michelle Duffy redman

Co-Chair, Reading Department
Office: BGS 202
Phone: (949) 582 - 4705

Jeff Vogel redman

Co-Chair, Reading Department
Office: BGS 209
Phone: (949) 582 - 4805