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

Placement into EGL 071 on the college’s reading placement test

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

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.

IV.   Learning Objectives

By the completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Comprehend English language textbooks at a high beginning level.
  2. Use high beginning English grammatical structures to improve reading comprehension.
  3. Identify main ideas and supporting details in high beginning level readings.
  4. Take notes on short, high beginning level readings.
  5. Use receptive and productive vocabulary to understand and respond to short, high beginning level readings.
  6. Read, understand, and respond to one short story at the high beginning level.
  7. Use test-taking strategies.

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

  1. Determining the main idea in English texts at high beginning level
  2. Identifying details that support the main idea
  3. Identifying grammatical structures to increase comprehension
  4. Scanning/skimming for information in short texts at high beginning levels
  5. Taking notes on textbook readings at the high beginning level
  6. Using dictionaries effectively
  7. Making and using vocabulary cards
  8. Using context to determine meanings of new English vocabulary
  9. Increasing background knowledge useful to non-native speakers of English
  10. Reading, discussing, and writing about a high beginning level short story
  11. Learning test-taking skills

VII.  Methods of Instruction

  1. Homework reading selections and activities
  2. In‑class reading and activities
  3. Discussion of readings
  4. Writings based on the readings
  5. Lectures, films, small group work
  6. Responding in writing to reading selections

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

The Oakton Community College Catalog states:
Oakton Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, or marital status in admission to and participation in its educational programs, College activities and services, or employment practices. The College does not tolerate sexual harassment or sexual assault by or of its students or employees.

In keeping with this policy of tolerance and non-discrimination, in this class all of us (myself included) should strive to:

  • listen and give careful consideration to all ideas expressed in class, especially those that are different from our own, without attacking or demeaning the people who hold those views, and
  • avoid using insulting terms or telling offensive jokes when talking to or about individuals or groups.
  • Attendance Policy:
  • Late Assignments:
  • Outside Reading: The more you read in English, the faster your reading and writing will improve.  You should make sure that you spend several hours each week reading material of your choice in English.
  • Extra Help:

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 of ESL reading texts.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Students who complete 071 with 70% average for the semester’s work will receive a grade of "P".

Students who complete 071 with below 70% average for the semester’s work will receive a grade of "F".

The course average is determined as follows: 

Departmental Reading Final Test 30%
Comprehension and Vocabulary Quizzes and Test 30%
Comprehension and Vocabulary Homework and In-class Activities 20%
Short Story Assignments (e.g. in-class and homework) 20%

XI.   Other Course Information

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.