Effective College Reading

I.     Course Prefix/Number: EGL 110

       Course Name: Effective College Reading

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Placement test or successful completion (grade of “P”) of EGL 094

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course covers reading skills and strategies for students to improve reading rate, vocabulary, and comprehension for efficient college reading. Activities may include lecture, computer-assisted instruction and Great Books instruction.

IV.   Learning Objectives

This course will enable students to improve their academic reading proficiency:

A. Increase vocabulary acquisition and comprehension using context, word analysis, and memorization skills.
B. Apply a strategic reading process to reading assignments.
C. Apply specific strategies to identify and summarize authors’ main ideas in academic and non-academic essays and articles.
D. Improve recognition and comprehension of non-literal and inferential written language.
E. Apply critical analytic skills to current topics in academic and non-academic writing, including synthesizing information from different sources to evaluate persuasive arguments.

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
www.oakton.edu/studentlife/student-handbook.pdf

VI.   Sequence of Topics

A. Plagiarism
B. The Reading/Learning Process
C. Schema Building/Activation
D. Meta-Cognition
E. Responding to Texts
F. Strategic Reading
G. Intertextual Reading
H. Summary Writing
I. Annotation
J. Vocabulary Strategies: Dictionaries, Contextual Inferences, Word Parts
K. Analyzing Word Connotation
L. Writing in response to Texts

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Methods of instruction may include lectures, readings, formal and informal assessments, and writing-to-reinforce-reading assignments.
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.

Per departmental policy, course readings will include a minimum of 450 pages, primarily nonfiction that clearly college level, and will include at least one book-length text. Students will write a minimum of 2,000 words during the semester, at least half of which is in response to texts.

Instructors will vary in the particular readings and assignments. Assignments may include comprehension questions (multiple-choice or short-answer), critical thinking questions, vocabulary questions, reader-response questions, analysis of case-studies of learning, personal reflections, summaries of readings, annotated versions of readings, reading journals, vocabulary journals, short essays, etc.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Note: Recommendations on textbooks are available from the Developmental English Coordinator or from the D2L page for Developmental English Faculty.

Per departmental policy, texts for EGL-110 will be primarily nonfiction, from various genres and academic disciplines (e.g. from an anthology). The difficulty level will be clearly college-level The length will be multi-page, including at least one book-length text other than a traditional reading textbook, such as a nonfiction trade book or anthology. Instructors will vary in the particular readings and assignments.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Individual faculty have discretion over assignments and assessments, but per department policy, the overall grade in the class will be consistent with the following:
• No more than 10% of the grade will be based on class participation.
• At least 30% of the grade will be based on in-class assessments of students’ reading ability. (e.g. quizzes and tests), including but not limited to comprehension questions (multiple-choice or short-answer), critical-thinking questions, vocabulary questions, reader-response questions, analysis of case-studies of learning, summaries of readings, etc.
• Another at least 10% of the grade will be based on writing in response to a reading or readings.
• Instructors may also assign at-home and in-class assignments, which may include, but are not limited to, comprehension questions (multiple-choice or short-answer), critical thinking questions, vocabulary questions, reader-response questions, analysis of case-studies of learning, personal reflections, summaries of readings, annotated versions of readings, reading journals, vocabulary journals, etc.

Students earn a letter grade at the end of the semester. Syllabi must include a statement of how percentage grades (or points) in the class equate to letter grades.

XI.   Other Course Information

A. Attendance policy
B. Class policy on make-up exams, incomplete grades, late assignments, classroom behavior, etc.
C. Support services i.e., the Academic Assistance Center, tutorial program

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 www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.