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)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
A. Formulate and write a topic sentences and thesis statements
B. Organize ideas into essays using logical paragraph structure
C. Develop ideas to support a thesis statement
D. Write coherent sentences, paragraphs, and essays
E. Write unified paragraphs and essays
F. Write a college-level argumentative essay
G. Write a summary of an academic text
H. Use language appropriate to the college essay
I. Write a variety of sentence types with correct punctuation
J. Use grammar correctly: verb tenses, subject-verb agreement, pronoun reference and agreement, and word order
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
A. Essay structure, including thesis statements and paragraph organization
B. Development and support in the essay
C. Transition devices
D. Writing for different audiences and purposes
E. Writing in different rhetorical modes, such as narration, comparison, cause/effect, categorization, and argumentation.
F. Summarizing and responding to texts
G. Academic vocabulary development
H. Diction, especially collocations
I. Unity and Coherence
Grammar and Sentence Structure:
A. Coordination and subordination
B. Adjective and adverb clauses
C. Noun clauses, infinitive phrases, gerund phrases
D. Sentence combining techniques
E. Advanced verb constructions
G. Passive voice
H. Perfect tenses
VII. Methods of Instruction
B. 1 hour lab: Open lab format in computer lab. Students will work on composing, revising, and editing, with individual instruction given by instructor. Grammar practice and grammar checking computer programs may be used.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
IX. Instructional Materials
Check with the coordinator for current list.
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
B. Homework assignments
C. Quizzes and Tests
D. Lab assignments
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.