Academic Literacy and Learning Program

The Academic Literacy and Learning Program works directly with the ESP-CHANCE Program in providing classes in college-level reading, learning, and study strategies. The Academic Literacy and Learning Program is the reading/learning skills component of the communication skills group (English, communications and reading) designed to provide developmental courses primarily to students admitted through the CHANCE program.

During the fall semesters, we usually offer multiple sections of LTRE 100 (communication skills: reading) LTRE 190 (college reading and study strategies). In the spring, we offer multiple sections of LTRE 190, as well as a few trailer sections of LTRE 100. We also offer several sections of LTRE 190 for the general NIU population each spring semester. Our courses are designed to improve reading and learning skills, thus helping students to have a more successful and meaningful experience here at NIU.

The Academic Literacy and Learning Program also provides individual tutoring and workshops on test preparation for College of Education students preparing to take the BST and APT exams.

Course Descriptions

LTRE 100 - Introduction to academic approaches to reading, using a variety of text types and genres. Focus on improving comprehension strategies including interpretation, synthesis, and analysis. May be repeated once to a maximum of four semester hours. Open by permit only.

LTRE 190 - Introduction to college-level reading, learning, and study strategies, including time management, goal setting, note taking, test taking, and vocabulary development. Focus on active reading and learning, self-monitoring and evaluation, and motivation. 

LTCY 100 - successful mastery by the student of a discrete professional competence in education, embodied in a standardized learning package, and measured by diagnostic as well as summative evaluations. Units monitored by member of the faculty.

LTRE 201 - refinement of college reading comprehension skills including critical and analytical reading, reading flexibility, acquisition of vocabulary, and organizational structures common to specific disciplines.

Contact Information

Jodi P. Lampi, Ph.D.

Jennifer Theriault