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Reading Lab


Why Visit The Reading Lab?

Reading is the major component of most college courses. A vast amount of reading is required and students must be able to determine the significance of what they read and apply it to their course work and beyond.

The Reading Lab provides students with computer resources to enhance their learning of essential reading skills.

The resources of the lab has made available various software programs including My Reading Lab and Townsend Press Online Learning Center that are  coordinated with the course textbook and instructional content. The completion of these skill overviews, models and skill exercises give the students needed reinforcement of the various reading comprehension elements with immediate feedback. The Lab is an essential component of the reading courses.


Reading is a primary source of new knowledge and skills for more success in life.

We receive more information in one day than people in the early 1900’s received in their life time.

The average person reads at approximately 200 words per minute. Increasing reading speed and comprehension is a skill that anyone can learn without regard to their education, background, job, or intelligence.

Reading without reflecting is like eating without digestion.
-Edmund Burke

Lab Policies

Students are required to have their school ID visible on their person in order to use The Reading Lab
Ask for assistance as needed
All students are expected to turn off all electronic communications in The Reading Lab
Keep all outside drinks/food away from computer area


Computer exercises that go along with the course content.
Reading place.
Teacher Requested Workshops.


“Today a Reader, tomorrow a leader”
-Margaret Fuller

“Bennie, if you can read, honey, you can learn just about anything you want to know. The doors of the world are open to people who can read.”
Chapter 4, page 37
-Ben Carson-Gifted Hands

Reading Lab Coordinator:

Esperance Tshingamb
Phone: 214-860-2082
Room A345

Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Townsend Press Online Learning Center

This software matches the vocabulary lessons in the Townsend Press Groundwork, Building, Improving and Advancing Vocabulary series and the lessons in the Townsend Reading series, Groundwork, Building, Improving and Advancing Reading Skills.


This software enables us to accurately track student attendance and usage. It replaces sign in sheets and can generate reports.  

Download: Accutrack (Version 10)

Reading Lab Policy Guidelines

The Reading Lab is a place to learn reading skills through computer exercises and interactions with teachers or the lab coordinator. The following policies (rules) will help everyone to work more productively in the lab.

General Policies
  1. All food, drinks, cell phone usage, audio players and magnets are prohibited in the lab. Your cell phone or other electronic devices should be off and put away. Reading comprehension requires focused concentration.
  2. Please treat all our equipment with care.
  3. The reading lab is for reading skills learning only. If you need to use the computer for other courses or personal reasons you may go to one of the other computer labs on campus such as the computer lab on the fourth floor or use the computers in the student center. Other course related labs are found on campus for math, biology, writing, languages as well as general course work that be done in the Learning Center.
  4. Please be considerate of your neighbors and speak quietly and do not use inflammatory or profane language.
  5. Throw away all trash from your area when you leave the lab.
  6. Since our computers are reading courses specific you are not to engage in internet surfing or socialization.
  7. Use of flash or thumb drives is discouraged unless it is checked for viruses before use.

Lab Specific Rules
  1. When you are using the lab as part of your class work and attendance you must remain in the lab working on your reading comprehension program the whole class period. You are to arrive on time and not be coming and going.
  2. When you arrive you are to sign on by typing your student information into the Accutrack system and you MUST sign out when you leave. Do not simply start working on a computer without signing in or you will not receive credit and your work might be credited to someone else. Also you must log off of any program you are using before singing out of Accutrack.
  3. You are expected to use the reading software in this lab or the designated reading internet sites. It is not an open lab for general computer use. Please respect these boundaries.
  4. The coordinator and lab assistants are here to assist you. Please let them know when you are having difficulties. The lab coordinator is also a reading tutor and you can request tutoring.

Lab Assistant Qualifications

Job Responsibilities Minimum Educational/Skill Requirements:

Graduation from high school or equivalent. General knowledge of basic computer applications. Good oral communication skills. Ability to relate well with students of diverse socio-economic-cultural-linguistic backgrounds.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities
  • Oversee proper use of computers by students by direct observation and use of computer monitoring software
  • Maintain security of computer equipment.
  • Acquire knowledge of reading skills learning software used in the lab so that employee can instruct, guide, and instruct students in use of the same.
  • Conduct lab orientation programs to various classes during the first month of each semester.
  • Insure that students abide by their lab contract.
  • Assist in cleaning equipment – dusting tables and computers
  • Assist in installing software updates.
  • Generate and distribute reports to faculty relative to software use and attendance.