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Want to immerse yourself in other cultures, other times, and other peoples' lives?

From Chaucer to Shakespeare to the Harlem Renaissance, Oakton's English department provides the opportunity for students to explore and understand human relationships and motivations while developing critical reading, thinking, and writing skills -- essential tools for personal and professional success.

In Oakton's small classes, students can expect individual attention and feedback as they develop as writers, readers, and thinkers.

College composition courses are required for an associate's degree in any field, for professional programs like nursing, and for transferring to a four-year college or university. Other courses include creative, technical, and screenwriting as well as fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama from the major literary periods. Each semester the department also offers special topics classes such as Studies in Shakespeare; Caribbean Literature; or Gender, Identity, and Literature. 

Courses in developmental reading and writing prepare students to succeed in all their college courses -- and to take college writing and reading classes. If English is not your native language, Oakton's English as a Second Language program (limited to 20 students per class) provides in-depth instruction in reading, writing, and speaking for both credit and non-credit students. The College also prepares teachers of ESL through courses in linguistics, theory, and methods.

Outside of class, students can take advantage of diverse programs such as the Chicago Writers Series that brings celebrated authors and poets to campus for a season of readings and discussions. Recent visitors have included Kevin Coval, Stuart Dybek, Idris Goodwin, and Aleksandar Hemon.  

Most English classes have prerequisites, either the English Placement Test or an ACT score. 

To find out more about the opportunities in English at Oakton, please see English Department Contacts, or contact Lynn Woodbury, department chair, at 847.635.1953 or

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Gundsambuu Bayarsaikhan works on his degree while acclimating himself to Chicago’s “tepid” winters.



September 7
Labor Day holiday. College closed.

September 20
Last day to withdraw from 16-week courses and have course dropped from record.

September 21
Last day to change to audit for 16-week courses.

October 4
Incomplete (I) grades from summer 2015 semester for which faculty have not submitted final grades will become an "F" after this date.

October 9
Last day for filing Graduation Petitions.

October 25
Last day to withdraw with a "W" from 16-week courses; Students will receive a grade in all courses in which they are enrolled after October 25.

November 11
Veterans Day holiday. College closed.

November 18
Registration opens for spring 2016 semester.

November 26, 27
Thanksgiving Recess. College closed.

November 28, 29
Thanksgiving Recess. No classes, College open. (Most offices closed.)

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