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Rhetorical Features to Promote Academic Reading: English for Engineering-Session2-

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About This Course

Reading large amounts of text is among the challenges that face non-English-speaking higher education teachers. To read and process large amounts of text, they need to utilize a range of well-practised reading strategies. Developing strategic reading is becoming a key success for effective and efficient reading.
This MOOC- a strategy-based instruction course- aims to develop strategic reading among Algerian university teachers. Through its basic contents, the participant will more likely be familiar with the various reading strategies such as making inferences, drawing on background knowledge, and evaluating the information being read. Instead of reading randomly and unsystematically, this MOOC focuses on what kind of strategy or strategies the reader needs to manipulate at each stage of the reading process such as previewing, predicting, skimming, scanning, identifying main ideas, getting the meaning of unfamiliar words, reading between the lines, reading, and note-taking, note-making, etc. The pedagogic benefits of this MOOC are numerous and profitable for any academic. While it helps many of you to become effective and systematic readers, it enhances other reading skills that could be targeted at a more advanced level implying by then the development of critical reading skills.
This MOOC, also, supplies its users with an active reading method known as “the SQ4R system”. The design of this reading method turns reading into an engaged activity meant where the reader manipulates at a while systematically a set number of reading strategies when reading texts.


By the end of the MOOC, Algerian Higher-education teachers will be able to:
DIFFERENTIATE between the three types of reading including reading for quick reference, reading for pleasure, and critical reading.
DETERMINE the purpose of their reading before they start to read.
LEARN how to manipulate basic reading comprehension strategies before they start to read, while they are reading, and after they complete their reading.
USE their background knowledge.
IDENTIFY the meaning of unfamiliar words in context.
RESPOND in a written form to their reading experiences
EVALUATE the author's point of view.

Course Staff

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Dr. Nadjat Khenioui, Algiers 3 University , Algeria.

Dr Nadjat KHENIOUI (PhD, 2021) is a junior lecturer (MCB) at Algiers University 3 and associate lecturer at ENPEI, specialising in Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching from Brothers Mentouri Constantine. Her research interests include Didactics, CALL, online teaching/learning, course design and evaluation, materials design and evaluation, ESP and EST.

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Dr. Riad Boukhetala, Setif 2 university, Algeria.


Instructional designers

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Dr. Ahmed BELHANI, Constantine 1 University , Algeria.

Dr. Ahmed Belhani is a senior associate professor in automation at the University of Constantine1 since 2004. In 2007, he was qualified as an e-learning specialist within the framework of the Algero-Swiss COSELEARN project. In 2012, in parallel with his specialized university course, He obtained his professional Master's degree in educational technologies from the University of Cergy Pontoise, for the qualification «Pedagogical engineer". In 2018, he became a professional in the design of MOOCs, following training with MIT. Dr. Ahmed BELHANI is the designer of the "ICT and teaching practices" training system launched in 2012 for the benefit of University Constantine 1’s teachers and which has been expanded for the training of partner establishments in the Maghreb and Europe, as part of the Tempus EUMILL project. From 2014-2016, the training was extended to the community of teachers from different national universities. In September 2022, Dr. Ahmed BELHANI was nominated as the president of the national commission for distance education.

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