Fundamentals of English Grammar

I.     Course Prefix/Number: EGL 098

       Course Name: Fundamentals of English Grammar

       Credits: 1 (1 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Placement into EGL 090, EGL 097 or higher.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course provides instruction and practice in grammar and mechanics of standard written English. Content includes sentence structure, punctuation, subject-verb agreement, pronoun usage, parallelism, and other elements of grammar affecting writing structure and style.

IV.   Learning Objectives

The student will be able to do the following:

  1. Recognize and eliminate errors in grammar and mechanics.
  2. Use correct grammar and mechanics in written Standard English.

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

Suggested Sequence of Topics:

  1. Case (Subjects and Objects)
  2. Verbs
  3. Sentence Structure
  4. Sentence Structure Problems
    1. Fragments
    2. Run-Ons
    3. Dangling Modifiers
  5. Adjectives and Adverbs
  6. Parallelism
  7. Pronoun Usage
  8. Agreement
  9. Spelling
  10. Punctuation

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lectures, discussions, small group work, individual instruction whenever possible.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

In class exercises, homework, short writing assignments, testing.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

See the Chairperson for a list of approved texts.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

  1. Writing assignments (in class and homework)
  2. Homework assignments
  3. Quizzes and Tests

XI.   Other Course Information

  1. Attendance policy
  2. For whatever information/procedures the instructor holds the student accountable.

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.

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  • victims of sexual misconduct
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