Academic Reading & Study Skills for the Non-Native Speaker II

I.     Course Prefix/Number: EGL 072

       Course Name: Academic Reading & Study Skills for the Non-Native Speaker II

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Placement into EGL 072 on the college’s reading placement test

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Intermediate course in reading and study skills for students whose first or primary language is not English. Course focuses on preparing second language students to take courses for college credit. EGL 072 is a mandatory course.

IV.   Learning Objectives

At the completion of this course, the student will be able to:

A. comprehend English language textbooks at an intermediate level.
B. identify and use test-taking strategies at an intermediate level.
C. take notes on short reading passages.
D. take notes on short lectures.
E. understand and use intermediate English grammatical structures to improve reading comprehension.
F. use passive and active vocabulary to understand and respond to intermediate reading passages.
G. read, understand, and respond to a short novel or non-fiction book.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

A. Determining the main idea in English texts
B. Scanning/skimming for information in short authentic texts
C. Identifying grammatical structures to increase comprehension
D. Increasing background knowledge useful to non-native speakers of English
E. Making inferences and generalizations
F. Using the Internet to increase background knowledge and practice reading skills
G. Using context to determine meanings of new English vocabulary
H. Identifying details that support the main idea
I. Using the bilingual and monolingual dictionary
J. Using affixes to determine meanings
K. Taking notes on textbook reading
L. Taking notes on short classroom lectures
M. Reading, discussing, and writing about the short novel
N. Preparing for and taking tests in American colleges and universities
O. Reading, discussing, and writing about a short novel

VII.  Methods of Instruction

A. Homework reading selections and activities
B. In class reading (some timed) and activities
C. Discussion of readings
D. Writings based on the readings
E. Lectures, films, small group work
F. Responding in writing to reading selections
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

The Oakton Community College Catalog states:
Oakton Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, or marital status in admission to and participation in its educational programs, College activities and services, or employment practices. The College does not tolerate sexual harassment or sexual assault by or of its students or employees.

In keeping with this policy of tolerance and non-discrimination, in this class all of us (myself included) should strive to:
-listen and give careful consideration to all ideas expressed in class, especially those that are different from our own, without attacking or demeaning the people who hold those views, and
-avoid using insulting terms or telling offensive jokes when talking to or about individuals or groups.

•    Attendance Policy   

•    Outside Reading: The more you read in English, the faster your reading and writing will improve.  You should make sure that you spend several hours each week reading material of your choice in English.
•    Late Assignments

•    Extra Help

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Check with coordinator for current list.
A short novel or complete nonfiction text will be used along with an ESL reading skills text.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Course placement for the next semester will be determined by a program-wide assessment instrument.

Instructors will give a grade of Pass or Fail for the course based on:

A. Informal evaluation based on classroom participation
B. Responses to comprehension and vocabulary exercises based on reading selections
C. The correct use of study skills in the classroom
D. Completion of assignments related to a novel or complete non-fiction text
E. Pre and post testing in reading and vocabulary

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at