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MELD 1C03 Acad.Reading&Listening Skills

Academic Year: Fall 2018

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Anna Moro


Office: L.R. Wilson Hall 4041

Phone: 905-525-9140 x

Office Hours: Please consult individual instructors

Course Objectives:

Course overview

In this course students learn a variety of strategies to read academic texts more efficiently and effectively. The focus of the course is on developing advanced reading skills. Some attention is paid to applying strategies learned to oral texts.


Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  1. Establish proficient receptive skills in reading and listening.
    1. Students will learn and practice methods for comprehending various texts.
    2. Students will learn and practice strategies to read more efficiently.
  2. Learn and implement skills for developing general, academic, and discipline specific vocabulary.
    1. Students will learn and practice several methods for learning new vocabulary.
    2. Students will be shown how to create and maintain a vocabulary journal.
  3. Master academic survival skills – notetaking, time management, group work, studying, test-taking, classroom responding, interacting with professors and TAs, understanding assignments.
    1. Students will try several note taking methods to determine best method for themselves.
    2. Students will have a chance to compare their notes with peers or with standards to check their accuracy
    3. Students will practice rewriting ideas in their own words to enhance understanding.
    4. Students will receive tips for how to keep their notes succinct.
  4. Possess a deep understanding of English structure and grammar.
    1. Students will be introduced to the way in which grammatical features can aid their understanding of texts.
  5. Develop information literacy skills – research, finding and evaluating sources while understanding, appreciating, and adhering to principles of academic integrity when summarizing, paraphrasing, quoting, and synthesizing those sources.
    1. Students will learn how to identify reporting language in a text and how to determine what ideas came from the author and what ideas came from other sources.
    2. Students will learn to read texts with references, identifying where material in the texts came from, and tracing it to its origin.
    3. Students will discuss the importance and value of writers crediting each other and documenting their sources and how that makes readings richer.
    4. Students will practice summarizing texts that they read.
    5. Students will practice synthesizing ideas from two or more texts together.

Students will discuss how different types of text are similar or different and the purposes of each.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Required texts

  • Slaght, J., & Pallant, A. (2012). English for Academic Study: Reading & Writing Source Book. Garnet Publishing.
  • Slaght, J. (2013). English for Academic Study: Reading Course Book. Garnet Publishing.
  • Zwier, L. & Vosters, M. (2017). University Success Reading Transition Level. Pearson Education.

Method of Assessment:

Reading Quizzes (2) 10%

Listening Quiz 5%

Midterm Exam1 15%

Homework 15%

Class Participation2 10%

Benchmarking Reading Assessment3 10%

Final Exam4 35%



1To be held the week of November 5th.

2Students cannot get participation marks without attending.

3To complete this assessment students will sign up in OscarPlus.

4Students must pass the final exam to demonstrate that they have met the appropriate language benchmark. The final exam will be held during the McMaster final examination period (December 7-20).

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Policy on missed work/late penalties

Course assignments must be submitted on the due dates, unless permission for an extension has been granted by the instructor before the due date. Extensions may be granted for legitimate reasons (e.g., MSAF, or medical or other documentation submitted to the Faculty of Humanities Advising Office). Late assignments will be penalized by 10% a day (including weekends).

MELD Course attendance policy

Students are expected to attend, be prepared for, and participate in each class. This is critical in order to ensure maximum exposure to academic English, and to meet the learning objectives of the course.

Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.

Topics and Readings:

Class schedule

USR = University Success: Reading




Skills Covered



Sept. 4 – Sept. 7

Introduction to course




Sept. 10 – Sept. 14

Reading for Academic Purposes (Ch. 1)

  • Reading for general understanding, specific details and specific purposes.
  • Vocab: word class and meaning from context
  • The SQ3R study system
  • Mind maps



Sept. 17 – Sept. 21

Sustainable Energy (Ch. 2)

  • Vocab: synonyms
  • Differentiating between main ideas and supporting details
  • Mind maps and summaries



Sept. 24 – Sept. 28

The Business of Science (Ch. 3)

  • Vocab: Word combinations and meaning from context
  • Identifying and analyzing reporting language
  • Identifying the thesis
  • Understanding rhetorical questions and modifying language
  • Learning to read more efficiently by predicting text content from title and activating schema
  • Summarizing a reading
  • Comparing texts

Reading Quiz #1


Oct. 1 – Oct. 5

Society Today

(Ch. 4)

  • Annotation and note-taking techniques
  • Additional practice summarizing
  • Learning to read more efficiently by using subheadings and visuals and reading the abstract



Oct. 8 – Oct. 12



Oct. 15 – Oct. 19

Food Security

(Ch. 5)


USR pp. 104-124

  • Annotation and note-taking techniques
  • Identifying the functions of the text and specific paragraphs
  • Dealing with assumed knowledge
  • Learning to read more efficiently by surveying the text
  • Considering and comparing information from multiple texts
  • Interpreting visuals in text

Reading Quiz #2


Oct. 22 – Oct. 26


Oct. 29 – Nov. 2

Human Resource Management

(Ch. 6)


USR pp.158-167

  • Continued practice taking notes, annotating, and summarizing
  • Introduction to considering evidence
  • Vocab: Using words in their own sentences
  • Importance of considering key terms and definitions
  • Learning to read more efficiently by activating schema
  • Identifying implications and inferences
  • Applying note taking skills to lectures

Midterm Exam


Nov. 5 – Nov. 9


Nov. 12 – Nov. 16

Sustainable Fashion (Ch. 7)


USR pp. 236-246

  • Continued practice identifying functions of text and annotating
  • Considering the writer’s purpose
  • Using texts to support an opinion
  • Reading for a purpose and asking questions of the text
  • Vocab: Recognizing definitions and classifications in text
  • Learning to read more efficiently by predicting text content from title

Listening Quiz


Nov. 19 – Nov. 23


Nov. 26 – Nov. 30

The Tipping Point (Ch. 8)


Exam preparation

  • Pulling everything together to summarize and synthesize multiple texts




Dec. 3 – Dec. 5

Dec. 7 – Dec. 20


Other Course Information:

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