Perspectives: Academic Reading Skills and Practice

Paperback | December 10, 2014

byMarina Rozenberg

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Inspiring students to take a critical and multifaceted approach to reading, Perspectives combines skills instruction and authentic academic content to prepare learners for the demands of post-secondary education. In Part I of the text, a careful and thorough handling of reading skills and strategies-such as annotating text, managing difficult vocabulary, assessing inferences, distinguishing between facts and opinions, and evaluating techniques of persuasion-establishes a foundation from which students cananalyze and synthesize information. Explicit instruction is combined with activities, in the form of sentences, paragraphs, and short passages, giving students the opportunity to practise the skills and strategies immediately.Part II comprises eight stand-alone reading units, each with three readings selections from a different disciplinary perspective. These readings expose students to more than twenty academic disciplines, including sociology, environmental studies, mechanical engineering, business, and biology, withinthemed units that range from "Maintaining Law and Order" to "Living with Nature" to "Culture." Each reading is followed by a variety of questions and activities to test students' comprehension and fundamental reading skills. The reading units end with an opportunity for reflection and synthesis,where students exercise more cognitively demanding reading skills, thinking critically about information related to all three readings in that unit. A thought-provoking, practical, and versatile resource, Perspectives affords students the tools required to take on their academic reading with confidence.

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Inspiring students to take a critical and multifaceted approach to reading, Perspectives combines skills instruction and authentic academic content to prepare learners for the demands of post-secondary education. In Part I of the text, a careful and thorough handling of reading skills and strategies-such as annotating text, managing di...

Marina Rozenberg is an instructor for Fraser International College's EAP program, affiliated with Simon Fraser University, in Vancouver, BC. At FIC, she enjoys working with students of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds preparing for post-secondary studies. In addition to having taught English for almost 20 years in Canada and...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:300 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.51 inPublished:December 10, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: Academic Reading Skills and StrategiesUnit 1: Smart Reading StrategiesReading with PurposeInteracting with the TextSummarizing to Learn and RememberMonitoring Your Readiness to Start the AssignmentExpanding Your VocabularyUnit 2: Smart Vocabulary StrategiesIdentifying Terms and Their DefinitionsAnalyzing Word PartsGuessing Meaning in ContextIgnoring Less-Important Unfamiliar WordsIntegrating the StrategiesUnit 3: Main Ideas and Supporting DetailsDistinguishing between Main Idea and Supporting DetailsIdentifying an Implied Main IdeaDistinguishing between Major and Minor Supporting DetailsIdentifying Organizational PatternsStudying Graphical InformationIntegrating the SkillsUnit 4: Inferences, Facts, and OpinionsAssessing Valid and Invalid InferencesDistinguishing between Facts and OpinionsLearning about Informed OpinionsIdentifying Biased OpinionsIntegrating the SkillsUnit 5: Assessing an ArgumentIdentifying the Purpose of a TextIdentifying the AudienceIdentifying Techniques of PersuasionAssessing an Argument's Support and LogicPart II: Cross-Disciplinary ReadingsUnit 6: Maintaining Law and OrderPunishment in Elizabethan England (History)Designing Safer Cities (Urban Planning)House Arrest, Electronic Monitoring, and Global Positioning Systems (Criminology)Unit 7: Race and RacismRace (Anthropology)The DNA Olympics - Jamaicans Win Sprinting "Genetic Lottery" - and Why We Should All Care (Sport Sciences)The Roots of the Widening Racial Wealth Gap: Explaining the Black-White Economic Divide (Economics)Unit 8: Living with NatureImplications of Climate Change; Melting Ice and Rising Sea Levels (Environmental Studies)Why Japan Took the Nuclear Risk (Resource Management)Staying Power (Electrical Engineering)Unit 9: TransportationTraffic Jam (Urban Studies)Ridesharing in North America (Transportation and Sustainability Studies)How Electric Cars Got Stuck in First Gear (Business)Unit 10: EthnocentrismPrejudice (Psychology)The Self-Reference Criterion: A Major Obstacle (Marketing)Terror and Ethnocentrism: Foundations of American Support for the War on Terrorism (Political Science)Unit 11: CancerCancer Cells: Growing out of Control (Biology)Infernal Mechanism (Mechanical Engineering)What Happens When You Live? (Health Studies)Unit 12: Gender EqualityWomen in International Marketing (Marketing)The Global Glass Ceiling: Why Empowering Women is Good for Business (Foreign Policy)Born to Serve: The State of Old Women and Widows in India (Sociology)Unit 13: CultureCulture and the Self (Psychology)Uncovering the Role of Culture in Learning, Development, and Education (Education)Managing Conflict (Communication Studies)