Foundations of Reading and Writing Lab

Course Number: ALC 51
Transcript Title: Foundations of Read/Write Lab
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: August 27, 2019
Total Credits: 1
Lecture Hours: 0
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 30
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: P-NP (default), audit
Repeats available for credit: 2


Placement into WR 90, RD 90

Course Description

Improves reading and writing skills such as, but not limited to: grammar, punctuation, essay writing, critical thinking, text analysis, text response, and college success skills. Utilizes computer software, textbooks/workbooks, and tutoring to support students through 30 hours of individualized faculty-led learning, student-centered learning. May be taken three times for credit. Prerequisite: Placement into WR 90, RD 90. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Apply reading and writing skills taught in the related learning community courses.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Quizzes
  • Written papers
  • Reading summary paragraphs
  • Journal writing
  • Teacher observations
  • Conferences
  • Self evaluation
  • Portfolios with log entries
  • Research papers
  • Book reviews

Course Activities and Design


The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Grammar and punctuation
  • Paragraph development
  • Essay development
  • Writing process
  • Reading comprehension
  • Reading and proofreading strategies
  • Vocabulary: context clues, dictionary skills, and spelling
  • Speaking and listening
  • Use of lab's self-paced learning resources - tutorials, computer programs, videos, and others