This course introduces and improves listening, speaking, reading and essay writing skills needed for success in an undergraduate academic environment. Through audio and video presentations as well as teacher-generated lectures, students will improve listening comprehension, develop effective note-taking skills, recognize verbal and nonverbal cues that signal main ideas and relationship of ideas, deliver formal oral presentations of 3-5 minutes, learn to support their own opinions and respond appropriately to the opinions of others, and practice intermediate grammar structures in discourse.
Under the close supervision of the instructor, using the workshop method, students will use academic college-level reading materials to improve critical reading strategies such as previewing, contextualizing, analyzing, evaluating, questioning, synthesizing ideas, and summarizing and paraphrasing, to create essays of 2-3 paragraphs. Both in and out-of-class activities will help learners practice strategies critical to discussing, challenging and expanding ideas from text materials. GENG courses cannot be used to matriculate. Prerequisite: ACCUPLACER™ or GENG 0003.