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college foundation skills
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AREA 1: College Foundation Courses


Improve reading comprehension, writing, math and research skills
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Reading Strategies: Offers instruction and practice in reading different kinds of materials: narrative, descriptive, persuasive, explanatory, and graphic material. Helpful for any college reading.

Reading for Second Language Learners: Gives strategies for improving vocabulary and reading comprehension. Learn how to be an active reader.

Effective Reading: Same content as Reading for Second Language Learners but written for native speakers.

Writing Process: Takes you through a writing process beginning with generating ideas to final draft. Explains voice, purpose, audience, and organization. Useful for all kinds of college writing.

Writing the Short Essay: Answers the question of "How do I write a successful essay in college?" You'll start by learning how to get ideas for a topic. Then you'll learn how to develop and connect your ideas. You'll practice writing paragraphs and writing an essay. Course is geared to college assignments.

Writing for Second Language Learners: You'll read stories and write about your own experiences. Reading and writing are connected in the course. You learn how to organize ideas and to write about them clearly. Focus and elaboration are two areas of instruction. The course also teaches how to write for academic purposes, including summarizing, explaining, and analyzing. See an example of this course . . .

Effective Writing: Content same as Writing for Second Language Learners but written for native speakers.
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Math: Provides both review and instruction in pre-algebra and algebra topics. You can take a pretest to see which skills you need to focus on. A variety of exercises is available that appeal to different learning styles. Post-tests help you determine when you are ready to move on.

Learning to Learn: Presents learning strategies for college-bound students and includes material on the learning cycle, knowing oneself, active learning strategies, and being one's own teacher.

Learning Projects: Offers help in gathering and organizing information for a research project in college. Useful in many ways: for researching a topic, using the research in a writing assignment, participating in a panel discussion, or making a presentation. The course focuses on what a college research project involves and the steps you can take to conduct and present your material.