Academic Reading Center

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The Academic Reading Center is dedicated to facilitating student achievement and academic success. 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

Summer 2018

Monday 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Friday Closed

Reading Career Flyer

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. For more information, please contact Irene Renault, whose contact information is given toward the end of this page.
Reading Career Flyer





Academic Reading Center Resources


Transferable Courses in Reading


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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?


Foundational Reading Course


ENG 340: Reading & Writing Skills for College

Prepare for college-level reading by improving study skills strategies, vocabulary, comprehension and writing. This class fulfills reading competency for AA degree and leads to ENG 200: Fundamentals of Composition in the composition sequence. The corequisite for this course is ENG 341: Reading Lab, a 0.5 unit lab that requires 1.5 hours a week.


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!

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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



Janet Bagwell redman Janet Bagwell

Academic Reading Center Co-coordinator
Office: BGS 301
Phone: (949) 582 - 4858
E-mail: Janet Bagwell


Irene Renault redman Irene Renault

Academic Reading Center Co-coordinator
Office: BGS 209
Phone: (949) 582 - 4842
E-mail: Irene Renault

Ruby Trott redman Ruby Trott

Lab Technician
Location: LRC 215
Phone: (949) 582 - 4539
E-mail: Ruby Trott


Karen Sexton redman Karen Sexton

Lab Technician (substitute)
Location: LRC 215
Phone: (949) 582 - 4539
E-mail: Karen Sexton