Academic Catalog

NCLA 408: VOCABULARY ACROSS THE DISCIPLINES

Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 0
Hours: 60-360 hours laboratory total per quarter.
Degree & Credit Status: Non-Degree-Applicable Non-Credit Course
Basic Skills, 1 Level Below Transfer
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Non-Credit Course (Receives no Grade)
Repeatability: Unlimited Repeatability

Description

Offers students strategies for sorting, categorizing, memorizing and applying terminology needed to succeed in a discipline course. Students will employ the use of matrices, charts, flashcards, etc. to effectively use new vocabulary required for an academic course.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Use explicit and implicit context clues in the reading material surrounding unknown words
B. Analyze the structure of words, including prefix, suffix and root meanings
C. Use specific memory devices that facilitate retention and recall of new words
D. Use a greater number of words commonly encountered at higher academic levels
E. Use efficient dictionary skills

Course Content

A. Use explicit and implicit context clues in the reading material surrounding unknown words
B. Analyze the structure of words, including prefix, suffix and root meanings
1. Apply knowledge presented of suffix and prefix roots to determine meaning
C. Use specific memory devices that facilitate retention and recall of new words
1. Apply use of matrices, charts, and more to catalog new words
D. Use a greater number of words commonly encountered at higher academic levels
1. Apply new words as found in academic and discipline-based dictionaries
E. Use efficient dictionary skills
1. Practice effectively using a collocation dictionary to determine word meanings

Lab Content

A. Practice and explore multiple strategies for identifying unknown vocabulary without derailing the student's understanding of a text.
B. Practice and explore multiple strategies for cataloging and memorizing new vocabulary necessary to successfully completing a parent course.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

Use of internet and computers.

Method(s) of Evaluation

A. Homework as assigned by parent course instructor.
B. Additional exercises beyond those assigned by parent course instructor.

Method(s) of Instruction

A. Work in groups
B. Individualized instruction
C. Work on computer

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Folse, Keith. Oxford American Dictionary Vocabulary Builder. Workbook ed. Oxford University Press, 2010.

Collins CoBuild Dictionary. 8th ed. HarperCollins UK, 2014.

 

Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

A. Homework assignments: Topics are assigned by course instructor

B. Completion of assignments both online and hand-written/word documents

C. Additional course work:

1. Practice worksheets provided by instructor that showcase basic and more challenging vocabulary usage

2. Reading and annotating assigned articles and texts

 

Discipline(s)

English and ESL