ESL 223: Reading for Comprehension and Pleasure

This class is designed for the intermediate level but all are welcome. In the fall of 2009, we read A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park.

Place: LSC/ATC 304

Prerequisites: English as a Second Language 244
Required Materials: Bring a notebook!
Recommended Text: An English/English dictionary

Course Description:
ESL 223 is a 1/2 unit reading practice and comprehension class. We will meet for 8 weeks, starting week 3, and each small group session will last for 1 1/2 hours. You will use your English actively in a small group setting to discuss a short novel. Through oral and written practice, you will become more comfortable talking about what you read and picking out the main ideas. You should put in about 2 hours of reading preparation a week for this class. You will have a chance to do the following activities:

• Respond to questions asking you to think critically about what you read.
• Share your response to what you read in group discussion and in note form.
• Practice reading sections of the novel aloud in a small group.
• Practice giving short summaries of what you read both orally and in writing.
• Learn to guess the meanings of new vocabulary from the context of the reading.
• Keep a vocabulary notebook where you can practice using new words.

Grading Criteria: ESL 223 is a pass/no pass class
1. To get credit for this class, you will need to attend class regularly. If you miss more than 1 class, you may be dropped by the instructor.
2. You will need to participate in class activities and prepare homework reading assignments.

Listening and Speaking Center Hours
The Listening and Speaking Center is open 5 days a week so take advantage of our recording equipment and computers to assist you with your academic studies.

Monday - 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday -9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday -9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday -9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday -9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Check out the dictionary and vocabulary resources available on the Vocabulary & Idioms link.

Conversation Practice Ideas!
• Join a student club at De Anza to make new friends!
Check out De Anza College Student Activities:

Cross Cultural Partners
Join Cross Cultural Partners to get acquainted with a student from another class at De Anza. For more information, talk to an LSC staff member or visit the CCP website:

Tutoring & Other LSC Programs in ATC 304:
We offer a variety of programs to help you with your speaking and listening including 25 minute tutoring sessions and 50 minute workshops. Please contact LSC staff members with your questions about our programs or visit our website. *

Improve your Writing and Study Skills
• Academic Skills Center (L47)

Contact Information:
• LSC 864-5385
• MaryAnne Ifft 864-8576


Last Updated: 4/25/16