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East Los Angeles College

English Department


College Reading Critical Thinking Info

In college, we are faced with all different kinds of readings, written at all different levels of understanding. It is important that you, as students, have the tools to tackle even the hardest books and textbooks because not reading in college is not an option. And the skills and strategies for reading last far longer than college; they last long into your careers and are tools you can pass along to your families. The goal of the English Department's Reading courses is to promote student success by providing opportunities to review basic reading skills and develop critical reading strategies that encourage independent learning and personal growth. These courses help students reflect on how to best apply these strategies in their college classes so that they can master the material in their textbooks, not be overwhelmed by it!

Reading Course Offerings for the 2021 Winter and Spring Sessions

The English Department's Reading Courses:

This class provides strategies and skill-building in being a college student. While there will be some basic overview of study and note taking skills the course will focus on the soft skills of: collaboration, communication, self-responsibility and resilience in the face of obstacles. Additionally the course will cover reading fiction and non-fiction for both understanding and the ability to connect a reading to a theme. Additionally, the class will look at non-fiction texts and examine the author’s purpose in a text and analyze how the claims are developed. We know these skills will be useful to students as they continue their work in the new English sequence.

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In Reading 101, students can expect to focus on the following:

  • Understanding how arguments are constructed, so that the reader can see how some authors may try to persuade/ manipulate them to agree side with their biased opinion.
  • The ability to break an argument apart to see what is there and what might be missing
  • Develop skills to analyze visual arguments.
  • Understanding what an argument is and how it works in relation to our everyday lives.

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English 2020 Cover
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Student & Faculty Publications

East Side Rose
ESL Magazine

Reading and Writing Help and Support

Reading and Writing Center
Other Online Tutoring Options

Contact Information

Office Hours

Our Office is Open
Mondays to Fridays 8:00AM - 4:00PM
Saturdays to Sundays: Closed


Paulette Jaurequi,
English Dept. Secretary


Patricia Godinez,
Department Chair


Kevin Van Houten,
ESL Professor

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