Academic Reading & Study Skills for the Non Native Speaker I

I.     Course Prefix/Number: EGL 071

       Course Name: Academic Reading & Study Skills for the Non Native Speaker I

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

College reading placement test.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course introduces advanced beginning academic reading and study skills for non-native speakers of English. Content includes determining the main idea, discovering meaning from context, identifying details, and study skills. Tandem with EGL 074.

IV.   Learning Objectives

    1.    The student will have sufficient reading skills to comprehend some English language textbooks.
    2.    The student will learn the basics of note-taking and test-taking procedures.
    3.    The student will have sufficient English reading and studying skills to be able to participate in some college     classrooms.
    4.    The student will learn the basic skills necessary to meet various reading needs.

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

Reading Skills

    1.    Determining the main idea
    2.    Scanning/skimming for information
    3.    Increasing reading speed
    4.    Using context to determine meanings of new vocabulary
    5.    Identifying details that support the main idea
    6.    Using the dictionary
    7.    Using affixes to determine meanings

    Study Skills

    1.    Taking lecture notes
    2.    Using SQ3R
    3.    Making notes on textbook reading
    4.    Preparing for tests
    5.    Test taking
    6.    Using the library and the learning lab

VII.  Methods of Instruction

    1.    Homework reading selections
    2.    In class reading (some timed)
    3.    Discussion of readings
    4.    Writings based on the readings
    5.    Lectures, films, small group work
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Reading, writing, and testing

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Check with the Coordinator for current list.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

    1.    Informal evaluation based on classroom participation.
    2.    Responses to comprehension exercises based on reading selections.
    3.    The correct use of study skills in the classroom.
    4.    Pre and post testing in reading and vocabulary.

XI.   Other Course Information

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.

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

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.