Collegiate Skills


Critical Reading and Thinking Applications for the International Student

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare international students to successfully handle college level reading assignments. Reading comprehension techniques and second language vocabulary development strategies are emphasized using a variety of materials. Culturally appropriate techniques will be applied to selected materials and textbooks students are currently using.


(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)

  • COLLS 45 or Reading Placement Score ACT 15 - 17 / CPT 57 - 69.

Course Competencies

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Identify major concepts and relevant details in college textbooks and essays.
  • Formulate a valid response to an essay or argument.
  • Differentiate appropriate reading strategies for various types of texts.
  • Document seminal events while reading an autobiography.
  • Analyze vocabulary words utilizing context, word structure and pronunciation.
  • Explore the question and answer relationships in reading and test preparation.
  • Develop critical reading strategies for essay and argument.
  • Use appropriate organizational techniques to consolidate information.
  • Demonstrate appropriate test preparation techniques.
  • Investigate test taking strategies.
  • Diagnose testing errors.
  • Summarize essential elements of an essay or argument.

Course Schedule

Currently no sections of this class are being offered.

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