Academic Writing for the Non-Native Speaker IV

I.     Course Prefix/Number: EGL 090

       Course Name: Academic Writing for the Non-Native Speaker IV

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 1 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

College placement test or successful completion (grade of “P”) in EGL 076

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Advanced academic grammar and composition course for the non native speaker taking courses for college credit. Introduces the student to advanced sentence structures and a variety of academic writing. Content includes a variety of essay and academic writing tasks, sophisticated sentence structures, and advanced grammar.

IV.   Learning Objectives

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

A.    Write an advanced ESL-level summary, summary/response essay, persuasive essay, and process-analysis or observation essay.
B.    Demonstrate understanding and beginning competence in attribution and citation.
C.    Use concise and accurate academic vocabulary.
D.    Write informally (journal assignments) with sophistication of ideas in response to texts and current questions.
E.    Use intermediate and advanced ESL grammar correctly in writing: word order, simple, progressive, and perfect verb tenses, coordinate and subordinate conjunctions, gerunds and infinitives, noun clauses, relative pronouns, adverbial conjunctions, real and hypothetical conditionals, and indirect (reported) speech.
F.    Edit and proofread one’s own work to improve grammar, sentence structure and ideas.

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. The writing/drafting process, including pre-writing, drafting, editing, and proofreading
B. Essay structure, including unity and coherence
C. Thesis statements
D. Topic sentences
E. Paragraph development
F. Journal writing to discover ideas
G. Using concise and accurate vocabulary in essays
H. Paraphrasing and summarizing
I. The summary-response essay
J. The observation or process/analysis essay
K. The persuasive essay
L. Review of: verb form and use: simple, progressive, and perfect verb tenses
M. Review of: sentence sophistication and variety using coordinate and subordinate conjunctions, and relative pronouns
N. Noun clauses
O. Adverbial conjunctions
P. Reported/Indirect speech
Q. Real and hypothetical conditionals
R. Attribution and citation
S. Sentence variety and sophistication

VII.  Methods of Instruction

A.    Lectures and discussion
B.    Small group work
C.    Homework writing  
D.    In class writing  
E.    Writing responses to short readings
F.    Editing, revising, and proofreading exercises
G.    In-class and online grammar practice
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Course may be taught as a face-to-face, hybrid, or online course.

A.    3 hour lecture: Lectures, discussion, small group work

B.    1 hour lab: Students will complete short writing assignments in the computer lab.  Lab time may also be used for individualized grammar work using web sites.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

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

This list will be updated regularly.

  • Blass/Block/Friesen, "Creating Meaning", Oxford University Press, 2008   ISBN:  978-0-19-472300-8
  • Meyers/Longman, "Academic Writing Series 5",  Pearson, 2014    ISBN:  978-0-13-291274-7
  • Hogue/Oshima, "Writing Academic English", 4th ed., Pearson/Longmann, 2006   ISBN:  978-0-13-152359-3

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Students who complete EGL 090 with an “A,” “B,” or “C” average (70% or higher) for the semester’s work will receive a grade of  “P” and a placement of EGL 101NN.

Students who complete EGL 090 with a “D” or “F” (below 70%) average for the semester’s work will receive a grade of  “F.” Their placement will remain  EGL 090.

The course average will be determined as follows:

Observation or Process Analysis essay:  15%
Summary:  10%
Summary/Response Essay:  20%
Persuasive Essay:  20%
Journal and other informal and pre-writing (most in-class):  15%
Quizzes:   15%
Sentence-Level/Grammar Exercises:  5%

XI.   Other Course Information

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: Attendance in the lecture and lab components of the course is required. It will be very difficult to pass this class if you miss class.
•    Late Assignments:

•    Extra Help: Free tutoring in writing and grammar is available in the Learning Center on each campus.

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