Academic Writing for the Non-Native Speaker I

I.     Course Prefix/Number: EGL 074

       Course Name: Academic Writing for the Non-Native Speaker I

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 1 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

College or ESL program assessment test

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

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.

IV.   Learning Objectives

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

  1. Demonstrate mastery of the rules for the basic grammatical structures of English.
  2. Write simple and compound sentences that are grammatically and structurally correct.
  3. Write structurally correct paragraphs based on personal experience, media, and/or beginning reading selections.

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. Grammar and Sentence Structure
    1. Simple sentence structure
    2. Compound sentence structure
    3. Basic punctuation
    4. Simple and progressive verb tenses
    5. Helping verbs
    6. Prepositions and prepositional phrases
    7. Adjectives
    8. Nouns
  2. Composition
    1. Topic sentences and controlling ideas of paragraphs
    2. Paragraph organization
    3. Pre-writing discovery techniques
    4. Transition words

VII.  Methods of Instruction

  1. Lectures and discussion
  2. Small group work
  3. Homework writing selections and activities
  4. In‑class writing (some timed)
  5. Writing responses to short readings
  6. Lectures, films, small group work
  7. Grammar testing
  8. Editing and revision exercises
  9. Grammar practice using the computer
  10. Integration of reading and writing skills

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

VIII. Course Practices Required

Students will complete grammar exercises in class and at home, take quizzes, read short selections, and write and re-write paragraphs in class and at home. Students will take a final exam to determine future placement. Students will work in the computer lab on writing and/or grammar.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Instructors will ordinarily select a grammar text and a writing text from the following:
  • Folse/Muchmore-Vokoun/Solomon, Great Writing 2: Great Paragraphs, Heinle, 2010
  • Schoenberg, Focus on Grammar 2: An Integrated Skills Approach, Pearson/Longman, 2012
  • Singleton, Writers at Work: The Paragraph, Cambridge, 2005

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Students who complete EGL 074 with an “A,” “B” or “C” average for the semester’s work will receive a grade of “P” and a placement of EGL 075.

Fifty percent of this final grade will be based on:
  • In class writing
  • Grammar quizzes and tests (including a mid-term and final grammar exam)
  • Daily class work
  • Homework

Fifty percent of the final grade will be based on an in-class writing assignment at the end of the semester.

XI.   Other Course Information

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:

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.