Reading Lab

What is the Reading Lab?
We provide students with access to materials designed to improve their general comprehension skills and ability to use context to infer meaning of vocabulary as a coping skill in support of actual vocabulary acquisition.  Students do their assignments independently (except on the Foundations and Elementary Levels), working on levels determined through placement tests.  This is to ensure that students begin on a level that is neither too easy nor too challenging for each individual.  Students are usually given benchmarks by their instructors and are expected to reach certain levels or to progress through a certain number of levels by the end of the semester.  This helps students to gauge their progress and encourages them to continue improving their reading and vocabulary skills.

Where is the Lab?
Lab locations are announced by Week 4 in reading classes and the OPIE Zone Newsletter.

Who are the lab aides and tutors?
Most workers are students from the Linguistics Department.  Others are from related fields.  Many are also international students.  Tutors are assigned to the lowest level students in the program (Foundations/Elementary) – in all other labs, aides are available for assistance when needed, yet students do the assignments on their own.

When is the Lab open?
We are open every Wednesday of Fall and Spring Semester from Weeks 5 through 15 (except holidays) from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Most reading instructors require their students to go to an average of 7 to 8 labs for at least one hour each.  Foundations/Elementary Level tutoring is scheduled on an as-needed basis.

 Who can use the Lab?
The Reading Lab is a requirement for all OPIE reading classes.  The lab is also available for interested Bridge Level students who are not already required to attend.  Demonstrations are given prior to the opening of Lab every Fall and Spring Semester to give students an orientation in the materials.  Please contact your Bridge Level instructor if you are not already required to attend Reading Lab but are interested in using it.

If you have any questions about Reading Lab, please feel free to contact the coordinator, Christina Ann Jones, at

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