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This subject develops basic reading competencies in English with a mastery of vocabulary within 4500 words and relevant grammatical structures. This course aims at getting general and specific information from the text, getting the main ideas and detailed information from the text, deducing the meaning of words, phrases and sentences based on the context, and explaining relations between parts of the text through grammatical cohesive devices. It also aims at the development of the skills of inferencing, analyzing, synthesizing, and speed reading from a text.  Assessment of success is based on portfolios and mid-term as well as final examinations