University Foundations (CSU)
This advanced second language reading & writing course specifically addresses areas where second language readers and writers seem to have the most difficulty, reading and comprehending academic texts, and is designed to draw upon students’ prior grammatical knowledge and apply it to the composition of effective paragraphs and essays. Each unit in the reading component works off an academic word list and develops students’ higher level thinking skills through reinforced reading and information synthesizing activities. Likewise, student writing will move from the personal to the objective and allow for the use of first culture lenses to help students view their new cultural and educational experiences. The ultimate goal of this course is to foster students’ deep reading of academic texts and second language writing voice and identity in order to prepare them for success in their graduate studies.