Composition Tutorial

I.     Course Prefix/Number: EGL 099

       Course Name: Composition Tutorial

       Credits: 2 (2 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Placement test or successful completion (“P”) of EGL 096. Co-enrollment in EGL 101.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course allows students who place into developmental writing to take both developmental writing and EGL 101 at the same time. Content supplements instruction in EGL 101, providing more individualized instruction and support in college readiness, critical reading, college-level writing, and analysis.

IV.   Learning Objectives

The student will be able to:

  1. Develop a writing process that includes applying strategies for prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing.
  2. Develop a reading process that includes applying strategies to be used before reading, during reading, and after reading.
  3. Develop well-organized, unified, coherent essays and other written responses with a clearly defined purpose.
  4. Recognize and correct sentence fragments and run-on sentences, and correctly use simple, compound, and complex sentences, as well as the conventions of Standard English.
  5. Identify non-academic issues that impact students’ success in college writing, and develop strategies to address these.
  6. Break up writing assignments into component parts.

EGL 099 supports the following EGL 101 learning objectives:

  1. Support and illustrate a thesis, using relevant details, examples, and evidence.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of plagiarism and source documentation.
  3. Summarize, paraphrase, and quote source materials objectively and integrate them into their own writing.

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

Sample Sequence:

  1. Academic literacy
  2. Non-academic issues and college readiness
  3. The writing and reading processes
  4. Pre-reading/pre-writing strategies
  5. Organizing information
  6. Writing and evaluating arguments
  7. Audience awareness
  8. Writing synthesis
  9. Citing and documenting sources

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Methods of presentation will vary among instructors: some prefer traditional classroom procedures (lectures, discussion, class exercises); others prefer individualized one to one instruction, writing workshops, and student-instructor conferences.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Supplemental writing and reading assignments, intended to support the primary work in the co-requisite EGL 101 course, will be assigned. Students will also be expected to participate in in-class peer reviews and writing workshops, planning, drafting, and revising the essays assigned in EGL 101. Additionally, there will be journal-writing, in-class assignments, at-home reading assignments, group work, and reading quizzes.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Course texts will align with EGL 101 selections.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

This is a pass/fail course. You must receive a 70% or higher, and submit a final portfolio, in order to receive a “P.” Further, you cannot pass EGL 099 without submitting all of your final essays for EGL 101, as they are linked with many of the supplemental assignments we will do in this class.

Your advancement to the next writing course, EGL 102, depends on your success in both EGL 099 and EGL 101.

Coursework will be assessed using the following grading scale:

A = 90-100; B = 80-89; C = 70-79; D = 60-69; F = 60 and below
+/- grades may be used when evaluating your assignments

XI.   Other Course Information

Important Dates:
XXX—last day to drop a class
XXX—last day to withdraw from a class and receive a “W” on your transcript

You cannot drop EGL 099 without also dropping EGL 101. If you plan to withdraw from both courses, please speak with your instructor.

Per departmental policy, EGL-099 is mandatory for students placed into developmental writing who are currently taking EGL-101. Students who do not attend EGL-099 are subject to being dropped from the course, at the instructor’s discretion. Because this course is mandatory, students dropped from EGL-099 will be dropped from EGL-101.

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