Academic Reading & Study Skills for the Non Native Speaker III

I.     Course Prefix/Number: EGL 073

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

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

College reading placement test.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course develops high-intermediate academic reading and study skills for non-native speakers of English. Content includes developing critical reading skills, prefixes, suffixes, and roots to find meaning, and increasing reading speed. Tandem with EGL 076.

IV.   Learning Objectives

    1.    The student will have sufficient reading skills to comprehend most college English language textbooks.
    2.    The student will be able to take good notes and will master successful test taking procedures.
    3.    The student will have sufficient English reading and studying skills to be able to participate effectively and comfortably in a college classroom.
    4.    The student will continue to establish a repertoire of reading skills for everyday use, such as keeping up with current events, reading for enjoyment, following directions, and reading career related materials.

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 in advanced reading material.
     2.    Recognizing rhetorical patterns in paragraphs and essays.
     3.    Selecting details that support the main idea.
     4.    Developing skills in reading a variety of sentence types; completing paraphrase exercises on complex sentences.
     5.    Developing the ability to use context to determine meanings of new vocabulary.
     6.    Using knowledge of prefixes, roots, and suffixes to determine meanings of new words.
     7.    Using word completion charts to study word families, synonyms, and antonyms.
     8.    Making inferences and generalizations.
     9.    Developing critical reading skills.
    10.    Developing skills in the use of a college dictionary.
    11.    Developing skills in scanning and skimming.
    12.    Continuing to increase reading speed.
    13.    Writing summaries of reading selections.

    Study Skills

     1.    Taking lecture notes.
     2.    Learning SQ3R and other methods.
     3.    Making notes on textbook reading - emphasis on variety of types of texts.
     4.    Preparing for tests.
     5.    Developing test taking skills.
     6.    Using the library and the learning lab.
     7.    Reading graphics.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

    1.    Homework reading selections at an advanced level accompanied by advanced exercises on vocabulary, connotation, over all comprehension, meanings of complex sentences, paragraph and essay organization, inferences, generalizations, and critical reading skills.
    2.    In class readings (some timed).
    3.    Whole class and small group discussion of readings - especially for the purpose of examining tone, bias, connotation.
    4.    Exposure to a variety of reading materials, including imaginative literature, newspapers, and magazines, special attention to varied types of college texts.
    5.    The writing of paragraphs and essays based on the readings.
    6.    Continued work on skimming and scanning.
    7.    Continued work on test taking skills.
    8.    Continued work on note taking skills.
    9.    Advanced exercises on the use of a college level dictionary.
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 exercises based on reading selections.
    3.    The correct use of study skills in the classroom.
    4.    Pre  and post  testing in reading.

XI.   Other Course Information

    Attendance policy

    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.