Academic Writing for the Non-Native Speaker I
I. Course Prefix/Number: EGL 074
Course Name: Academic Writing for the Non-Native Speaker I
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 1 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
A. Demonstrate mastery of the rules for the basic grammatical structures of English.
B. Write simple and compound sentences that are grammatically and structurally correct.
C. Write structurally correct paragraphs based on personal experience, media, and/or beginning reading selections.
V. Academic Integrity
• 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.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.
VI. Sequence of Topics
1. Simple sentence structure
2. Compound sentence structure
3. Basic punctuation
4. Simple and progressive verb tenses
5. Helping verbs
6. Prepositions and prepositional phrases
1. Topic sentences and controlling ideas of paragraphs
2. Paragraph organization
3. Pre-writing discovery techniques
4. Transition words
VII. Methods of Instruction
B. Small group work
C. Homework writing selections and activities
D. In class writing (some timed)
E. Writing responses to short readings
F. Lectures, films, small group work
G. Grammar testing
H. Editing and revision exercises
I. Grammar practice using the computer
J. Integration of reading and writing skills
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
IX. Instructional Materials
Instructors will ordinarily select a grammar text and a writing text from the following:
- Folse/Muchmore-Vokoun/Solomon, Great Writing 2: Great Paragraphs, Heinle, 2010
- Schoenberg, Focus on Grammar 2: An Integrated Skills Approach, Pearson/Longman, 2012
- Singleton, Writers at Work: The Paragraph, Cambridge, 2005
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
Fifty percent of this final grade will be based on:
- In class writing
- Grammar quizzes and tests (including a mid-term and final grammar exam)
- Daily class work
Fifty percent of the final grade will be based on an in-class writing assignment at the end of the semester.
XI. Other Course Information
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
• Late Assignments
• Extra Help
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.