Reading and Academic Skills Development

I.     Course Prefix/Number: EGL 092

       Course Name: Reading and Academic Skills Development

       Credits: 4 (4 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Appropriate score on placement test.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course provides individual diagnosis and remediation of reading problems. Content focus is on improvement of comprehension skills. Methods include group discussion and computer assisted instruction.

IV.   Learning Objectives

In this course the student will learn to:

    A. Preview, read, and review college textbook material
    B. Identify main ideas and textbook structures
    C. Set realistic goals and organize time efficiently
    D. Increase vocabulary
    E. Read at varying rates depending on purpose and difficulty of material
    F. Take effective classroom notes
    G. Acquire test-taking strategies
    H. Design and implement a study/reading plan
    I. Apply critical reading skills to college textbooks

V.    Academic Integrity

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.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

VI.   Sequence of Topics

A. Time management and the college student
B. Vocabulary improvement
C. Main ideas and supporting details
D. Note taking
E. Test-taking
F. Study/reading strategies for different disciplines
G. Inferential and critical reading
H. Flexible reading rate

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Methods of presentation include lectures, computer drill, small group discussion, and collaborative activities.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

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

Students will be expected to read the text assignments, complete the written assignments, participate in group discussions, work on computer software, and complete exams and quizzes.

All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements including the completion of all required standardized exams.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

See listing for suggested textbooks.
Computer lab materials

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Tests for comprehension and vocabulary; application of study skills; and class participation.

XI.   Other Course Information

A. Attendance is required.
B. All assignments must be completed.
C. Class policy on make-up exams, incomplete grade, late assignments, etc.
D. Support services, e.g., Learning Lab. audio-visual
Students are encouraged to use the Learning Center and tutorial services to facilitate skill development.

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 deferral 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

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.