College-Level Reading Courses

RDG 110 Learning Strategies for College Text may be applied to the major field and elective requirement for the Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees. This course can only be counted once toward GPA and graduation.

Developmental Reading Courses

Developmental courses are numbered below 100. Developmental courses do not transfer and cannot be used to fulfill the requirements of any associate degree; however, students must complete these courses in order to enroll in most college-level courses.

Students are placed into a developmental course based on the results of the reading placement test (for more information visit www.elgin.edu/testing). Once a student enrolls in his/her first developmental course, he/she must complete the sequence to meet minimum competencies for college-level courses. Students who perform very well in their developmental courses may request approval from the instructor to re-take the placement test.

The recommended course options for students placing into the two levels of developmental reading are listed below. Students should make course selections in consultation with an academic advisor:

  1. Placement into RDG 090 Fundamentals of College Reading Literacy - Students are encouraged to register for LTC 099 College Literacy as this course integrates reading and writing skills, thus preparing students for college courses in only one semester.
  2. Placement into RDG 091 Advanced Academic Reading & Inquiry - Students who have only a reading developmental placement will take this course. If students also have an ENG 098 placement, they are encouraged to also enroll in the Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) in which they enroll in ENG 098 Developmental Composition along with ENG 101 English Composition I in the same semester, with the same instructor.

RDG 090 Fundamentals of College Reading Literacy (3)(3,0)

In this course, students will begin to develop strategies to strengthen comprehension, vocabulary, and strategic thinking. This is the first semester of a two-course sequence to prepare students to use college-level literacy approaches to meet demands of increasingly complex texts. Repeatable to 12 credits. (1.4) Proficiency Credit Not Available Pass/No Credit Not Available.

In-District Tuition/Fees: $411 (effective 2019/20 academic year)

In-district tuition is subject to change based on Board approval (https://elgin.edu/pay-for-college/tuition-fees/).

Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score

Semester(s) Offered: Varies

RDG 091 Advanced Academic Reading & Inquiry (3)(3,0)

In this course, students will use college-level reading literacy approaches to meet the demands of increasingly complex college texts. This is the second semester of a two-course sequence to develop students to successfully read complex disciplinary texts. Repeatable to 12 credits. (1.4) Proficiency Credit Not Available Pass/No Credit Not Available.

In-District Tuition/Fees: $411 (effective 2019/20 academic year)

In-district tuition is subject to change based on Board approval (https://elgin.edu/pay-for-college/tuition-fees/).

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in RDG 090 or appropriate placement score

Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring and Summer

RDG 110 Learning Strategies for College Text (3)(3,0)

Reading 110 offers a student instruction in improving comprehension by developing efficient study skill strategies in note-taking, test-taking, textbook marking, goal setting, time management skills, memory techniques, effective listening as well as study systems and vocabulary development. The student will develop the skills necessary to be successful in college-level reading. Repeatable to 12 credits; only three credits may apply toward a degree or certificate. (1.1) Proficiency Credit Not Available Pass/No Credit Available.

In-District Tuition/Fees: $396 (effective 2019/20 academic year)

In-district tuition is subject to change based on Board approval (https://elgin.edu/pay-for-college/tuition-fees/).

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in RDG 091 or LTC 099, or satisfaction of other placement criteria. Writing: Grade of C or better in ENG 098 or LTC 099 or satisfaction of other placement criteria.+

Semester(s) Offered: Varies