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ELIUP 080 Academic Preparation • 9 Cr.


Students learn and practice critical thinking, study skills, research techniques, and listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the content areas. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the ELI program.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Listening and Speaking Outcomes
    • Listen for specific information in an academic lecture in a variety of content areas
    • Summarize lectures through discussion
    • Participate appropriately in small and large group discussions
    • Plan, organize, and deliver effective presentations: individual and group
  • Reading
    • Take reading notes in a variety of content areas
    • Make an outline of a reading passage
    • Recognize the organization of a passage
    • Distinguish fact from opinion
    • Use skimming and scanning to quickly find information
    • Use the index and appendix of a text effectively
    • Identify points of view and audience
    • Infer meaning through tone, voice, vocabulary, etc.
  • Critical Thinking
    • Respond critically in both oral and written responses to a reading and/or lecture
    • Formulate logical questions to a reading and/or lecture
    • Make and evaluate inferences
    • Understand the difference and application of inductive and deductive reasoning
    • Use self evaluation as a tool increase learning and academic success
  • Writing
    • Learn and apply the difference between summarizing and paraphrasing
    • Decide which parts of source material are important for both summarizing and paraphrasing
    • Paraphrase using different grammar and vocabulary
    • Use verbs which indicate they are summarizing: suggest, report, argue, question, conclude
    • Synthesize by grouping connected ideas from various sources
    • Organize sentences into logical paragraphs and combine them into one continuous piece of writing
    • Include original ideas
    • Use MLA format for quoting, footnoting
    • Recognize what constitutes plagiarism
  • Study Skills
    • Recognize and explain teacher expectations through syllabi analysis
    • Understand how to organize and review material prior to an exam
    • Understand how to employ test taking strategies: objective, subjective
    • Use time management skills
    • Reduce test anxiety
    • Learn from their exams: evaluate their preparation, learn from their mistakes, get help for the next exam

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Bellevue College
3000 Landerholm Circle SE Bellevue, WA 98007-6484 U.S.A.
Work: (425) 564-1000