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EGL071 - Academic Reading and Study Skills for The Non-Native Speaker I
High beginning course in reading and study skills for students whose first or primary language is not English. Course focuses on preparing second language students to take courses for college credit. EGL 071 is a mandatory course.Prerequisite: Placement into EGL 071 on the college’s reading placement test.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

EGL072 - Academic Reading and Study Skills for The Non-Native Speaker II
Intermediate course in reading and study skills for students whose first or primary language is not English. Course focuses on preparing second language students to take courses for college credit. EGL 072 is a mandatory course.Prerequisite: Placement into EGL 072 on the college’s reading placement test.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

EGL073 - Academic Reading and Study Skills for The Non-Native Speaker III
High intermediate/advanced course in reading and study skills for students whose first or primary language is not English. Course focuses on preparing second language students to take courses for college credit. EGL 073 is a mandatory course.Prerequisite: Placement into EGL 073 on the college’s reading placement test
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

EGL074 - Academic Writing for The Non-Native Speaker I
Introductory academic grammar and composition course for the non native speaker preparing to take courses for college credit. Introduces the student to the foundations of English sentence structure and paragraph types required in higher level writing courses. EGL 074 is a mandatory course.Prerequisite: College or ESL program assessment test
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $10

EGL075 - Academic Writing for The Non-Native Speaker II
Intermediate academic grammar and composition course for the non native speaker preparing to take courses for college credit. Introduces the student to intermediate sentence structures and the short essay. EGL 075 is a mandatory course.Prerequisite: College or ESL program assessment test
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $10

EGL076 - Academic Writing for The Non-Native Speaker III
High-intermediate academic grammar and composition course for the non native speaker preparing to take courses for college credit. Introduces the student to intermediate and advanced sentence structures and a variety of short essay types. EGL 076 is a mandatory course.Prerequisite: College or ESL program assessment test.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $10

EGL078 - Speaking and Listening for The Non-Native Speaker I
Course teaches speaking and listening skills for non-native speakers of English. Content includes giving opinions, listening for main ideas and details, pronunciation, extemporaneous speaking, and planning and giving short speeches.Prerequisite: Placement into Oakton ESL reading/writing courses or consent of instructor or ESL coordinator.
1-3 Credit Hours (lecture: 1-3; lab: 0)

EGL079 - Pronunciation for the Non-Native Speaker
Course teaches pronunciation of standard American English. Content includes vowel and consonant production, stress and intonation, and allophonic and morphophonemic rules. Prerequisite: Placement in Oakton’s college ESL courses or consent of instructor or ESL coordinator.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

EGL081 - Speaking and Listening for The Non-Native Speaker II
Course teaches speaking and listening skills for non-native speakers of English at EGL 078 proficiency level. Content includes expressing and understanding complex ideas, discussing academic topics, speech patterns, and listeningto academic lectures. Prerequisite: EGL 078 or consent of instructor or ESL coordinator.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

EGL082 - Basic Grammar for The Non-Native Speaker
Course provides intensive practice in basic and low-intermediate grammar skills for non-native speakers of English. Content includes correct use of basic verb tenses, possessives, modals, compound sentence structures, adverbials,adjectives, articles, and prepositions. Prerequisite: Placement in EGL 074 or higher.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 4; lab: 0)

EGL083 - Intermediate Grammar for the Non-Native Speaker
Course provides intensive practice in intermediate and advanced grammar skills for non-native speakers of English. Content includes correct use of the perfect tenses, perfect modals, subordinate clauses, phrasal verbs, and passive voice.Prerequisite: Placement in EGL 076 or higher. (Students receiving an EGL 076 placement after completing EGL 076 should enroll in EGL 082.)
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 4; lab: 0)

EGL088 - How to Study
1 hour: Course offers practical guide to methods of studying. Content includes organizing time, note-taking, preparing for examinations, mastering use of textbook and various other skill areas needed to increase efficiency as a learner.3 hours: Course provides practice in general college-level reading and writing skills. Content includes methods of studying taught in the one-credit course. Focus is on increasing self-confidence.
1-3 Credit Hours (lecture: 1-3; lab: 0)

EGL089 - Academic Reading and Study Skills for The Non-Native Speaker IV
Advanced course in reading for students whose first or primary language is not English. Course focuses on preparing second language students to take courses for college credit. Course develops successful academic reading and study strategies for non-native speakers. Content includes vocabulary building, identifying lexical and textbook structures, and applying critical reading skills to college-level material. EGL 089 is a mandatory course.Prerequisite: Placement into EGL 089 the college’s reading placement test.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

EGL090 - Academic Writing Skills for the Non-Native Speaker IV
Advanced academic grammar and composition course for the non native speaker taking courses for college credit. Introduces the student to advanced sentence structures and a variety of academic writing. Content includes organization, coherence, unity, argumentation, complex sentence structures, and advanced grammar.Prerequisite: Placement test.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)

EGL091 - Vocabulary Improvement for ESL Students
Intermediate to advanced course on learning, remembering, and using English vocabulary. Students will learn how to determine meaning from context, use dictionaries appropriately, analyze roots, affixes, and parts of speech, and apply sentence structure knowledge to increase receptive and productive vocabulary.Prerequisite: Minimum placement of EGL 073 in reading or EGL 076 in writing
1 Credit Hours (lecture: 1; lab: 0)

EGL092 - Reading and Academic Skills Development
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. Prerequisite: Appropriate score onplacement test.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 4; lab: 0)

EGL093 - Reading Strategies for College
Course provides intensive individual practice in reading, in small class setting. Focus is on remediation of reading difficulties. Prerequisite: Completion of EGL 089 or EGL 092, and referral by a faculty member.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

EGL094 - Reading Improvement
Course teaches strategies to improve reading comprehension and efficiency necessary for handling college level reading material. Focus is on developing effective reading skills. Content includes lectures, discussions, collaborativelearning. Methods include Great Books approach and computer assisted instruction. Prerequisite: Appropriate score on placement test.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

EGL095 - Business English for Non-native Speakers
Course is designed for non-native English speakers who wish to improve their English vocabulary, writing and speaking skills for the world of work. Focus is on writing business-related documents and speaking in business-related situations using correct grammar and precise language. Also covered are English word forms and American writing style that pose difficulty for ESL students.Prerequisite: Placement in EGL 090 or consent of instructor. Recommended: Experience with word processing.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 4; lab: 0)

EGL096 - Developmental Composition I
Course prepares students for college writing. Content includes the writing process, sentence structure, paragraph organization, basic essay structure, grammar and mechanics. Prerequisite: Placement test.
1-3 Credit Hours (lecture: 1-3; lab: 0)

EGL097 - Developmental Composition II
Course prepares students for college writing. Content includes the writing process, the structure of multi-paragraph essays, and review of sentencestructure, paragraph organization, grammar, and mechanics. Prerequisite: Placement test.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

EGL098 - Fundamentals of English Grammar
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 affectingwriting structure and style. Prerequisite: Placement into EGL 090, EGL 097 or higher.
1 Credit Hours (lecture: 1; lab: 0)

EGL099 - Skills in Written English
Course provides intensive practice in writing skills in small group setting. Content includes individual instruction in grammar and sentence structure and review of structure and development of the essay. Prerequisite: Previous enrollment in EGL090 or 097 and consent of instructor.
1-3 Credit Hours (lecture: 1-3; lab: 0)

EGL101 - Composition I
Course introduces strategies for planning, writing, and revising expository essays based on experience and reading. Content includes purpose, context, genre, and the rhetorical situation as elements in the writing process, as well as criticalreading and analysis as the basis for essay writing. The first course in a two-course sequence with EGL 102. Prerequisite: Placement test. IAI C1 900
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: C1 900

EGL102 - Composition II
Course introduces strategies for planning, writing, and revising advanced expository essays and the college research paper. Content includes criticalreading and analysis, the structure of argument, and the use of sources. Prerequisite: EGL 101 with minimum grade of C. IAI C1 901R
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: C1 901R

EGL110 - Effective College Reading
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.Prerequisite: Placement test.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

EGL111 - Introduction to Business and Technical Writing
Course concentrates on development of competence in producing various types of business documents. Content includes memoranda, letters, reports, and procedural documents. Focus is on writing for an audience with identifiedpurpose, using college-owned computer hardware and software. Prerequisite: EGL 101 or placement in EGL 101.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

EGL113 - Introduction to Drama
Course introduces students to dramatic literature and its cultural, social, and historical influences. Content includes terminology and methods for analyzing and evaluating drama including form, thematic development, and style. IAI H3 902
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: H3 902

EGL115 - Introduction to Fiction
Course introduces students to study of the novel and short story in cultural, social, and historical context. Content includes terminology and methods for analyzing and evaluating fiction including form, thematic development, and style.IAI H3 901
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: H3 901

EGL117 - Introduction to Poetry
Course introduces students to the study poetry and its cultural, social, and historical contexts. Content includes terminology and methods for analyzing and evaluating poetry including form, thematic development, and style. IAI H3 903
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: H3 903

EGL129 - Introduction to Literature
Course introduces students to the study of literature through readings in fiction, drama, and poetry. Content includes terminology and methods for literary analysis and evaluation as well as discussion of social, intellectual, and historicalinfluences on these literary forms. IAI H3 900
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: H3 900

EGL150 - Introduction to Journalism
Course develops basic journalistic skills in reporting and writing, including the following: the history of journalism, form and organization of news stories,leads, reporting of speeches and meetings, interviews, and news gathering. Students will learn use of the Internet, word processing, Power Point and other reporting resource technologies. Prerequisite: EGL 101 or placement in EGL 101.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)

EGL201 - Introduction to Creative Writing
Course offers exposure to and practice in writing one or more forms of literary discourse including poetry, fiction, essay, and drama. Content includesthe basic elements of writing in the selected genres. Prerequisite: EGL 101 or consent of instructor or department chair.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

EGL202 - Writing Fiction
Course offers students the opportunity to develop an individual style as fiction writers. Content includes basic elements of fiction writing: structure, character, point of view, setting, and dialog. Prerequisite: EGL 101 or consent of instructor or department chair.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

EGL203 - Writing Poetry
Course offers students the opportunity to develop an individual style as poets. Content includes basic elements and techniques of writing poetry: line, meter, free verse, imagery, and metaphor. Prerequisite: EGL 101 or consent of instructor or department chair.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

EGL204 - Introduction to Screenwriting
Course covers basic techniques of screenwriting. Content includes elements and techniques of screenwriting such as format, structure, character, dialogue, and dramatization of scene. Emphasis will be on writing and revising a feature-lengthscreenplay of the student's own creation. Prerequisite: EGL 101 or consent of instructor.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

EGL210 - Intermediate Expository Writing
Course develops student competence in preparation of compositions of extended length and emphasizes attention to stylistic techniques. Recommended for students whose education or career plans will require writing with clarity, precision, and elegance. Prerequisite: EGL 101 or consent of instructor.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

EGL211 - Writing for the Web
Course explores specialized writing techniques and skills necessary to produce effective communications for digital formats. Focus is on online hypertext documents for internet and intranet systems. Experience using word processing software and World Wide Web necessary. Content includes organizing andwriting company Web pages, product and service descriptions; and on-line training materials, easily navigated by various audiences. Instruction inHTML coding not part of course. Recommended: Successful completion of one college-level English course.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

EGL212 - Technical Writing Applications
Course develops competencies in producing technical and scientific documents. Content includes manuals, proposals, status reports and formal reports requiring research and data analysis. Focus is on writing and designing reader-centereddocuments illustrating principles and procedures typical of technical and scientific fields; and instruction in design and integration of necessary visual elements such as tables, charts, and graphs Recommended: Successful completion of one college-level English course.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

EGL220 - Mass Communications
Course explores mass media’s roles in society. Content includes mass media historical development, contemporary characteristics, functions, responsibilities, and inter-relationships among media.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

EGL221 - American Literature I (from The Colonial Period Through The Civil War)
(offered fall semester only, every other year)Course traces the development of American literature by studying major writers from 1600-1865. Content includes social, cultural, historical, and literary ifluences, as well as terminology and methods of literary analysis and evaluation.Prerequisite: EGL 101 or placement in EGL 101. IAI H3 914
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: H3 914

EGL222 - American Literature II (from The Civil War to The Present)
(offered spring semester only, every other year)Course traces the development of American literature by focusing on major writers from 1865 through 20th century. Content includes social, cultural, historical, and literary influences, as well as terminology and methods of literaryanalysis and evaluation. Prerequisite: EGL 101 or placement in EGL 101. IAI H3 915
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: H3 915

EGL223 - Contemporary American Literature
(offered fall semester only)Course focuses on American literature of recent past. Content includes fiction, poetry, and drama, as well as influential television and film texts in their cultural, social, and historical contexts, as well as terminology and methods of literary analysis and evaluation. Prerequisite: EGL 101 or placement in EGL 101.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

EGL224 - American Ethnic Literature
(offered spring semester only)Course explores influence of racial and ethnic identities on literary expression of at least two of the following groups: Chicano, Italian-American, Jewish-American, Irish-American, Chinese-American, Indian-American, Native American andAfrican-American. Content includes theories of race and ethnicity; influence of experience, history,and culture on minority writers; terminology and methods of literary analysis and evaluation. Prerequisite: EGL 101 or placement in EGL 101.IAI H3 910D
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: H3 910D

EGL225 - Women and Literature
(offered fall semester only)Course introduces fiction, poetry, and drama by women writers of any nationality or geographical region, and may include literature in translation by women. Content includes influence of experience, cultural attitudes, and literary influences; social, cultural, and historical contexts; terminology and methods of literary analysis and evaluation. Prerequisite: EGL 101 or placement in EGL 101.IAI H3 911D
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: H3 911D

EGL226 - African-American Literature
(offered spring semester only)Course introduces fiction, poetry, and drama by African-American writers from eighteenth through twentieth centuries. Content includes social, cultural, historical, and literary contexts; comparable themes in popular culture; terminology and methods of literary analysis and evaluation. Prerequisite: EGL 101 or placement in EGL 101. IAI H3 910D
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: H3 910D

EGL227 - Introduction of Native American Literature
(offered fall semester only)Course introduces fiction, poetry, and drama by Native American writers from eighteenth through twentieth centuries. Content includes social, cultural, historical, and literary contexts, as well as terminology and methods of literary analysis and evaluation. Prerequisite: EGL 101 or placement in EGL 101.IAI H3 910D
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: H3 910D

EGL228 - Gender, Identity and Literature
(offered spring semester only)Course introduces students to representations of gender and sexuality in literary works, including poetry, fiction, drama, and film. Content includes theory of gender and sexual identity; influence of gender and sexual identities on literaryexpression, and influence of literature on gender and sexual identities; terminology and methods of literary analysis and evaluation. Prerequisite: EGL 101 or placement in EGL 101. IAI H3 911D
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: H3 911D

EGL229 - [National/Regional] Literature
Course introduces students to literature in translation from any national or regional literature not written in English. Content includes primary periodsor themes of national or regional literature; social, historical, and cultural contexts of literary works; relationship of individual writers to national or regional literary traditions; and terminology and methods of literary analysis and evaluation. Prerequisite: EGL 101 or placement in EGL 101.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

EGL230 - Non-Western Literature in English
(offered spring semester only)Course introduces students to literature in English by writers from non-Western cultures such as Asian, South Asian, African, Caribbean, Middle-Eastern or Latin American. Content includes social, historical, and cultural contexts of literaryworks; relationship of these writers to literary traditions; terminology and methods of literary analysis and evaluation. Prerequisite: EGL 101 or placement in EGL 101. IAI H3 908N
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: H3 908N

EGL231 - British Literature I (from Anglo-Saxons to 1800)
(offered fall semester only, every other year)Course traces the development of British Literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to 1800. Content includes major writers, literary genres, and cultural attitudes of the Anglo-Saxon, Medieval, Elizabethan, Restoration, and Augustan periods, as well as terminology and methods of literary analysis and evaluation. Prerequisite: EGL 101 or placement in EGL 101. IAI H3 912
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: H3 912

EGL232 - British Literature II (from 1800 to The Present)
(offered spring semester only, every other year)Course traces the development of British Literature from 1800 through 20th century. Content includes major writers, literary genres and cultural attitudes during Romantic, Victorian, Edwardian and Modern Periods, as well as terminology and methods of literary analysis and evaluation. Prerequisite: EGL 101 or placement in EGL 101. IAI H3 913
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: H3 913

EGL234 - Introduction to Shakespeare
(offered fall semester only)Course introduces the study of Shakespeare through focus on six to eight plays, selected from among comedies, tragedies and histories. Content includes social, cultural, literary, and historical context of the plays; changing interpretations;individual examples of performance taken from films, recordings, and attendance at local theatres (when possible); terminology and methods of literary analysis and evaluation. Prerequisite: EGL 101 or placement in EGL 101. IAI H3 905
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: H3 905

EGL235 - Studies in Shakespeare
(offered spring semester only)Course examines specific theme in Shakespeare’s works through study of six to eight plays exclusive of those studied in EGL 234. Content includes social, cultural, literary, and historical context of the plays; changing interpretations; individual examples of performance taken from films, recordings, and attendance at local theatres (when possible); terminology and methods of literary analysis and evaluation. Prerequisite: One literature course or consent of instructor.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

EGL241 - Masterpieces of Western Literature I
(offered fall semester only, every other year)Course introduces various masterpieces of Western Literature from Ancient times through the Renaissance (1650). Content includes important currents of western thought during the period; comparative study of selected works; terminologyand methods of literary analysis and evaluation. Prerequisite: EGL 101 or placement in EGL 101. IAI H3 906
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: H3 906

EGL242 - Masterpieces of Western Literature II
(offered spring semester only, every other year)Course introduces various masterpieces of Western literature from 1650 to the present. Content includes important currents of western thought during the period; comparative study of selected works; terminology and methods ofliterary analysis and evaluation. Prerequisite: EGL 101 or placement in EGL 101.IAI H3 907
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: H3 907

EGL260 - Introduction to Linguistics
Course introduces the study of language. Content includes fundamental concepts of phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, historical linguistics, and neurolinguistics. Prerequisite:EGL 101, as well as placement in EGL 110 or higher, or consent of instructor.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

EGL261 - Theories in Teaching English as a Second Language
Course introduces the basic theories of languageacquisition and teaching English as a second language(TESOL). Content focuses on the relationship between theory and practice in the field of ESL. This course gives the linguistic background necessary to become an effective ESL teacher. Prerequisite: EGL 101 or consent of instructor.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

EGL262 - Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language
Course introduces methods of teaching English as a second language (TESOL). Content includes study of listening, speaking, reading, and writing; observation of ESL teaching and limited hands-on experience with ESL students. Prerequisite: EGL 101, as well as placement in EGL 110 or higher, or consent of instructor.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

EGL290 - Topics in English
Course explores selected topics in literature, writing, or journalism. Content will vary, with possible focus on single author, group of authors, period of literature or literary theme; or on specific writing format, medium, purpose or audience.EGL 290 may be repeated up to three times on different topics for a maximum of twelve credit hours. Prerequisite: EGL 101 or placement into EGL 101.
1-4 Credit Hours (lecture: 1-4; lab: 0)

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