This course takes a cognitive approach to the study of reading comprehension. Because reading is based on language, the course introduces different aspects of psycholinguistics as well. Major references of readings involve theory, research and application of the science of reading. The emphasis is on how printed language is understood. We examine reading as a cognitive language process ─ how reading works, how writing systems influence how reading works, how adults understand what they read and what causes reading disabilities. Research and theories of both cognitive science and cognitive neuroscience will be examined in greater depth to study how our mind/brain supports cognition functions of language. Examinations of these topics bear a broader goal of learning how to think through complex issues in reading and language, to appreciate research and to understand the value of theories of these issues. We will also examine how the prevention of reading problems has become an important national policy worldwide and how cognitive science of reading contributes to this issue.