The new fourth edition of Joe Cortina and Janet Elder's New Worlds: An Introduction to College Reading continues to offer a clear, effective, and systematic way to approach college reading assignments. New Worlds introduces the skills needed to master college-level reading, and shows how to apply those skills throughout the college curriculum and beyond.
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Four Core Competencies: New Worlds addresses the four essential competencies required by most state reading tests:
Basic Comprehension Skills
Critical Reading Skills
Reading in Content Areas: Every chapter in New Worlds contains two textbook readings and one popular source reading - twenty-four in all.
Why Am I Learning This? In addition to teaching skills, New Worlds explains the purpose and application of each technique to show students the practicality of their course work.
Five Exercises per Reading: Each reading is accompanied by an Annotation Exercise that apply skills as students learn them; a Comprehension Quiz that assess student understanding; a Vocabulary Quiz that asks students to define words from their context; Writing to Enhance Understanding activities that use short answer prompts to reinforce key skills; and Site Seeing links and suggestions to guide students onto the Internet for further reading and study.
Collaboration: Exercises throughout New Worlds are provided in a format that easily adapts to collaborative work. Opportunities for collaboration are also stressed in the Instructor's Manual that accompanies the text.
Joe Cortina earned his B.A. degree in English from San Diego State University and his master’s degree and doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction in reading from the University of North Texas. He has taught undergraduate teacher education courses in reading at the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University. In 1981 he was selected to represent the Dallas County Community College District as a nominee for the Piper Award for Teaching Excellence. In addition, Dr. Cortina was chosen as his division’s Piper Award nominee for excellence in teaching in 1987, 1988,, and 1993. In 1992 he was selected as an honored alumnus by the Department of Elementary, Early Childhood, and Reading Education at the University of North Texas, and in 1994 he was a recipient of an Excellence Award given by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development. In addition to teaching reading courses at Richland College, he has served as faculty leader of Richland’s Writing Across the Curriculum Program. Dr. Cortina has served as a member of the advisory board of The Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. He is a frequent speaker at professional meetings. He has worked with Janet Elder as a writing team since 1985. Their first book, Comprehending College Textbooks: Steps to Understanding and Remembering What You Read, is now in its third edition. The second edition of Opening Doors: Understanding College Reading was published in 1998.
Janet Elder was graduated summa cum laude from the University of Texas in Austin with a B.A. in English and Latin. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She was the recipient of a government fellowship for Southern Methodist University’s Reading Research Program, which resulted in a master’s degree. Her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction in reading is from Texas Woman’s University, where the College of Education presented her the Outstanding Dissertation Award. She established the Richland College Honors Program and directed it for many years. She periodically serves as a member of the teaching teams in honors English and humanities courses. She has served ona task force that reevaluated Richland’s college-wide writing program. She received the Extra Mile Award from special services students, has been her division’s Piper Award nominee for excellence in teaching, and in 1993 received an Excellence Award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development. She used a recent sabbatical to create multimedia instructional materials. In addition, Dr. Elder and Dr. Gonnet co-authored the reading section of How to Prepare for the TASP, 2/e, a study guide for entering college students who must take the Texas Academic Skills Program Test.Dr. Elder serves as a presenter at many professional conferences.
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