The Course

This course, Reading comprehension which is designed for the 2nd -Year students of the department of English aims at developing the students' reading and comprehension skills and strategies , such as  previewing, scanning, inferring, asking questions, skimming,  , etc.. through further training the students in the four basic skills of understanding, speaking, reading and writing. The course also aims at introducing the students to the world of ideas and concepts making them use and develop their background knowledge about the different topics discussed. The students will become familiar with different writing styles and different text genres and will be introduced to new vocabulary items in context, new grammatical structures and idiomatic expressions. The course is also helpful in developing the students' analyzing , paraphrasing,  summarizing,  and writing skills through analyzing the meaning of passages, summarizing them and writing précis on them, which ultimately lead to improving their English language and fluency in reading , speaking and writing.

 Learning the reading strategies and skills cultivate in the students the love of critical reading and thinking, which help them understand texts more effectively and easily.


The book used  in this course is Select Readings 2nd Edition Intermediate by Linda Lee & Erik Gunderson  (2011), Oxford University Press . This will be supplemented by other material  and exercises chosen by the instructor (or students).


The book is intended  for students of English language and the readings  contain a wide range of genres, including newspaper and magazine articles, personal essays, textbook chapters, book excerpts,  and online discussions chosen and approved by experienced teachers.


 The students' book contains 14 chapters. Each chapter contains a reading  passage followed by before and after reading activities to practice the different reading skills and strategies. Each chapter will need about two weeks (6 lectures) to complete.  Given that the academic year contains about 30 weeks, the 14 chapters can be covered throughout the academic year. However, taking the holidays and exam periods into consideration, the number of chapters covered will be less.

     In order to achieve a smooth transition between the pre-advanced and the advanced levels, the texts are divided into levels starting with the easier and proceeding to the more advanced ones.




















Course details

 University Koya University
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (FHSS )
Department: Department of English Language (DENG)
Course title: English Comprehension II
Course code: ECH7509
Language: English
Location: FHSS
Period: 2017-2018
Lecturer: Ms. Najat Omer Kareem
Support: Office Hours Monday 10- 12 or by appointment
Peer Reviewer:  Dr. Lubna Fadhil Ahmed
Last Peer Reviewed: October 2018