Reading Courses

Lead Instructor: Hollie Benson    231.777.0331     Hollie.Benson@muskegoncc.edu
Paraprofessional: Carol Neal       231.777.0343     Carol.Neal@muskegoncc.edu

  Course Descriptions: 

RDG 040 Essential Reading Skills (formerly RDG 040C) — 3 Cr. Hrs. — 3 Contact Hrs. This course is for students scoring below 10th grade level on the Nelson-Denny Reading Test. Topics covered includes  prefixes, suffixes, vocabulary, reading for the main idea, and identifying supporting details. Course includes weekly assignments, some one-on-one and small group instruction. Additional lab time and/or small group meetings are required.

RDG 050 Essential Reading Skills (formerly RDG 040A) — 1 Cr. Hr. — Variable Contact Hrs. For students reading below 10th grade level. Course instructions includes word attack, prefixes, suffixes, vocabulary, reading for the main idea, and finding supporting details. Course includes individualized weekly assignments and private instruction. Additional lab time and /or small group meetings are required. This course is offered in two formats: classroom and conference-led.

RDG 130 Advanced Reading Skills I — 1 Cr. Hr. — Variable Contact Hrs. This course will provide individualized weekly assignments and private instruction tailored to meet the students needs. After the student completes a pretest, the instructor and student will decide whether the primary focus will be vocabulary development or comprehension. Course work for vocabulary development builds a practical college-level vocabulary by teaching Greek and Latin etymology, dictionary skills, vocabulary memory devices and use of context. Course work for comprehension improves reading speed and develops comprehension of main ideas and details. Additional lab time and/or small group meetings will be required.

RDG 140 Advanced Reading Skills II — 1 Cr. Hr. — Variable Contact Hrs. Prerequisite: RDG 130. This course is designed for students who have already completed RDG 130 and wish to further improve their reading skills. It will provide individualized weekly assignments and private instruction tailored to meet the student’s needs. After discussing the student’s work and test scores from Reading 130, the instructor and student will decide whether the primary focus will be vocabulary development or comprehension. Course work for vocabulary development builds a practical college-level vocabulary by teaching Greek and Latin etymology, dictionary skills, vocabulary memory devices and use of context. Course work for comprehension improves reading speed and develops comprehension of main ideas and details. Additional lab time and/or small group meetings will be required.