Course Name Code Semester T+U Hours Credit ECTS
Reading Skills I ELT 105 1 2 + 0 2 2
Precondition Courses <p>None</p>
Recommended Optional Courses <p>None</p>
Course Language English
Course Level Bachelor's Degree
Course Type Compulsory
Course Coordinator Öğr.Gör. AYDIN ÇELENK
Course Lecturers Öğr.Gör. AYDIN ÇELENK,
Course Assistants

Res. Assist. Merve Savaşçı

Res. Assist. Merve Yıldız

Course Category
Course Objective

The aim of this course is to transform students into more effective, confident, fluent, and strategic readers by engaging them in reading a variety of high-interest texts on academic subjects and by equipping them with the academic reading skills they need in their undergraduate studies. By covering a variety of texts from a variety of sources and genres whose themes range from a broad range of academic subjects - books, textbooks, academic journals, newspapers, magazines, online articles: art, history, nutrition studies, etc., the students are encouraged to read in English.

Course Content

The present course is designed to develop reading skills of the freshmen students. This course primarily follows a step-by-step approach which enables students enhance their academic reading skills and strategies as well as their academic and background knowledge, vocabulary building, and critical thinking skills.

The course provides students with strategies that will help them learn to skim, scan, predict, map, and formulate questions before they begin to read. Moreover, they learn to identify main ideas as well as supporting details, progressing from the “literal” to “inferential” meanings. They also learn to uncover what is beneath the surface of a reading passage and are led to interpret the many layers of meaning in  a text. Students are also given opportunities to see and use vocabulary in many ways: guessing words in context, identifying synonyms, recognizing idioms, and practicing word forms. At the same time, they have ample practice in identifying roots and parts of words, recognizing collocations, and understanding connotations. They are also encouraged to practice and master a variety of note-taking skills for reading, such as highlighting, annotating, paraphrasing, summarizing, and outlining. Most importantly, students learn how to read between the lines, make inferences, draw conclusions, make connections, evaluate, and synthesize information from various sources.

# Course Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1 Understand and practice different academic reading strategies. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Drilland Practice, Demonstration, Motivations to Show, Self Study, Testing, Homework,
2 Can understand a wide variety of texts including literary writings, newspaper or magazine articles, and specialised academic or professional publications, Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Drilland Practice, Demonstration, Motivations to Show, Self Study, Testing, Homework,
3 Identify author's point of view, tone, purpose, and the intended audience. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Drilland Practice, Demonstration, Motivations to Show, Self Study, Testing, Homework,
4 Identify the main ideas of a text and highlight important information. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Drilland Practice, Demonstration, Motivations to Show, Self Study, Testing, Homework,
5 Understand the details that support the main ideas. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Drilland Practice, Demonstration, Motivations to Show, Self Study, Testing, Homework,
6 Skim for the main idea by reading topic sentences. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Drilland Practice, Demonstration, Motivations to Show, Self Study, Testing, Homework,
7 Scan a text for specific information. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Drilland Practice, Demonstration, Motivations to Show, Self Study, Testing, Homework,
8 Identify and locate connectors and transitional signals in texts. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Drilland Practice, Demonstration, Motivations to Show, Self Study, Testing, Homework,
9 Preview the content of a text by looking at the titles as well as visual and textual clues and use them to aid comprehension. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Drilland Practice, Demonstration, Motivations to Show, Self Study, Testing, Homework,
10 Predict content by creating questions to prepare for the reading. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Drilland Practice, Demonstration, Motivations to Show, Self Study, Testing, Homework,
11 Paraphrase to aid comprehension and to clarify main ideas. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Drilland Practice, Demonstration, Motivations to Show, Self Study, Testing, Homework,
12 Create a concept map to organize the given text. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Drilland Practice, Demonstration, Motivations to Show, Self Study, Testing, Homework,
13 Infer information not explicit in a text and draw conclusions. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Drilland Practice, Demonstration, Motivations to Show, Self Study, Testing, Homework,
14 Make connections between sentences and ideas. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Drilland Practice, Demonstration, Motivations to Show, Self Study, Testing, Homework,
15 Analyze, evaluate, and synthesize information and ideas provided in the text and respond to a text. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Drilland Practice, Demonstration, Motivations to Show, Self Study, Testing, Homework,
16 Express opinions and support them with examples from the text or from their own experience. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Drilland Practice, Demonstration, Motivations to Show, Self Study, Testing, Homework,
Week Course Topics Preliminary Preparation
1 Introduction to the course
2 Activating background and identifying main ideas
3 Reading strategies
4 Cause and effect texts, vocabulary work
5 Managing unknown vocabulary, practising reading strategies
6 Creating concept maps
7 Practising reading strategies
8 Text-connections (text-to-self, text-to-text, text-to-world)
9 Midterm
10 Continuing ideas
11 Opinion texts
12 Summarising
13 Revisional work, reading variety of texts
14 Revisional practices
Resources
Course Notes <p>-</p>
Course Resources

Pakenham, J. K., McEntire, J., & Williams, J. (2013). Making connections: Skills and strategies for academic reading (3rd ed.). Cambridge University Press

Newspaper and journal articles, texts in a variety of genres 

Week Documents Description size
0 week6 Read ONE of the articles and make notes according to the lesson slide. 9.39 MB
0 lesson document 0.2 MB
0 week3 0.68 MB
0 week4 0.43 MB
0 week5 0.97 MB
0 week1 First week slides 1.05 MB
0 week2 Second week's slide 0.67 MB
Order Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Explains the necessary theoretical, methodological and factual knowledge about foreign language (English) education and teaching profession and uses them to produce solution(s) to educational problems.
2 Uses language skills (reading, speaking, writing, listening skills) at a level that can communicate effectively by analyzing written and oral texts produced in foreign language (English) and mother tongue (Turkish) with a critical approach. X
3 As a foreign language teacher, knows the legislation concerning the duties, rights and responsibilities and behaves in compliance with the legislation.
4 Uses the scientific methods and technologies required to follow the innovations in the field of foreign language teaching, to develop original activities and to find solution(s) to possible problems. X
5 Plans the language learning process taking into account the diverse characteristics and life experiences of learners and organizes the appropriate environments and carry out the process effectively.
6 Analyzes and evaluates foreign language teaching programs in their own context by choosing appropriate approaches.
7 Prepares and implements appropriate assessment and evaluation tools for foreign language teaching and development of students.
8 Effectively uses intercultural communication skills in the process of foreign language (English) teaching and with his/her attitudes and behaviours becomes a role model for the students. X
9 Actively uses the skills of learning to learn, self-regulation, lifelong learning, critical and creative thinking and redounds these skills to his/her students. Knows and applies the ways of establishing effective communication and cooperation with stakeholder institutions and organizations as a foreign language teacher. X
10 Knows and applies the ways of establishing effective communication and cooperation with stakeholder institutions and organizations as a foreign language teacher.
11 At the end of the process of foreign language (English) education, prepares his/her students as individuals who can use foreign language as an effective communication medium in everyday life. X
12 Knows the structure of the language to be taught, the rules and the various contexts in which it can be used, and uses the target language appropriately and compares it to other languages he/she has learned. X
Evaluation System
Semester Studies Contribution Rate
1. Ara Sınav 30
1. Kısa Sınav 20
1. Ödev 20
1. Proje / Tasarım 30
Total 100
1. Final 40
1. Yıl İçinin Başarıya 60
Total 100
ECTS - Workload Activity Quantity Time (Hours) Total Workload (Hours)
Course Duration (Including the exam week: 16x Total course hours) 16 2 32
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 16 1 16
Mid-terms 1 2 2
Quiz 2 1 2
Assignment 1 8 8
Final examination 1 2 2
Total Workload 62
Total Workload / 25 (Hours) 2.48
dersAKTSKredisi 2