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Reading Foundations 2 

Spring 2: 2014

Instructor: Rick
Office: 14-4
Office Hours: By Appointment


This course provides a strong foundation in basic reading skills for new or beginning-level learners of English. Your reading fluency and comprehension will increase as you study and practice effective strategies, develop your vocabulary, and read many interesting stories and articles.


  1. Increase reading speed (to approximately 100 wpm)
  2. Locate main ideas and specific pieces of information in modified materials
  3. Increase knowledge of the first 1000 words of the General Service List
  4. Read at least 5 designated graded readers
  5. Work cooperatively with other students, and demonstrate tolerance and appropriate conflict resolution skills


  • Required text: Active Skills for Reading (Anderson), 2006. Units 7-12
  • This website and its resources
  • Additional handouts from the teacher
  • HELP’s collection of graded readers 


  • Quizlet Vocabulary Study
  • Timed reading Practice
  • Extensive Reading
  • Email Correspondence

The HELP Program emphasize active learning. Among the instructional methods used in this course are small group work and peer editing. Also, Rick’s 342W classes use a blended learning approach; this means that you will work and communicate with Rick and other classmates via the class website (this website), and also work with your classmates in person, during normal class time.


  • Vocabulary Study 10%
  • Textbook Work 20%
  • Participation 45%
  • Other Activities 20%
  • Smiling, Sleeping Well, & Eating a Healthy Diet is 5%
  • (These may be changed until the end of week 2)

To advance to the next level, students must have the recommendation of all teachers based on fulfilling the outcomes above.


There are no excused absences from HELP classes. Any hour that you are not in class will be counted as an absence. This includes illness, TOEFL or other exams, religious services, visits from friends and relatives, etc. If you have more than five hours of absences in any one class, you will receive a letter of probation. If you have any additional absences, you receive a letter of imminent dismissal.

Please make every effort to be on time for every class. Your teacher keeps a record of each minute you are late. Your tardies my accumulate to one full class absence in the following ways:

  • Three tardies equals one absence.
  • If you are more than 30 minutes late to a class, either at the beginning or at the end, you will also receive one absence.

In order to ensure that students make the best use of their time at HELP, all students must speak, write, listen to, and read ONLY in English at school and on school activities.


Rick cares about you and wants for your education at HELP to be valuable and enjoyable. If you have questions, concerns, or worries of any kind about your studies in 342W, you must meet with Rick and communicate these feelings. Rick will do everything within his power to help you. He will work hard for you because he cares about you. He is your friend now and always. If he can help you in any way with any other problems, please ask him.

Please sleep well and eat well! Your health is very important!


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