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

Placement into EGL 073 on the college’s reading placement test

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

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.

IV.   Learning Objectives

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

  1. comprehend most English language textbooks.
  2. identify and use test-taking strategies at a high-intermediate level.
  3. take notes on short authentic college readings.
  4. take notes on college lectures.
  5. understand and use high intermediate to advanced English grammatical structures to improve reading comprehension.
  6. use passive and active vocabulary to understand and respond to authentic reading passages.
  7. read, understand, and respond to at least one novel or complete non-fiction book.
  8. read, summarize, and respond to web-based texts.

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 high-intermediate to advanced reading material.
  2. Recognizing rhetorical patterns in essays and other texts.
  3. Scanning/skimming for information in longer authentic texts
  4. Identifying grammatical structures to increase comprehension
  5. Making inferences and generalizations
  6. Using the Internet for college reading
  7. Using context to determine meanings of new English vocabulary
  8. Identifying details that support the main idea
  9. Using the monolingual dictionary
  10. Using knowledge of prefixes, roots, and suffixes to determine meanings of new words.
  11. Taking notes on textbook reading - emphasis on variety of types of texts.
  12. Preparing for tests and developing test‑taking skills.
  13. Using the library and the Learning Center.
  14. Reading, discussing, and writing about a novel or non-fiction book.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Homework reading selections and activities

  1. In‑class reading (some timed) and activities
  2. Small group and whole class discussions of readings
  3. Writings based on the readings
  4. Lectures, films, small group work
  5. Responding in writing to reading selections
  6. 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

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

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.

One or more novels or complete non-fiction books will be used along with an ESL reading skills text.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Course placement for the next semester will be determined by a program-wide assessment instrument.

Instructors will give a grade of Pass or Fail for the course based on:

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

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.