Speaking and Listening for the Non-Native Speaker I (EGL 078 is repeatable up to six hours)

I.     Course Prefix/Number: EGL 078

       Course Name: Speaking and Listening for the Non-Native Speaker I (EGL 078 is repeatable up to six hours)

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Placement into Oakton ESL reading/writing courses or consent of instructor or ESL coordinator.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course teaches speaking and listening skills for non-native speakers of English. Content includes giving opinions, listening for main ideas and details, pronunciation, extemporaneous speaking, and planning and giving short speeches.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. To provide opportunity for in‑class conversational speech sessions with instructor/class feedback;
  2. To provide opportunity for individuals to give, listen to, and respond to short speeches;
  3. To provide opportunity for in‑class listening comprehension sessions;
  4. To teach the student to monitor speech and modify sound production and speech patterns for greater clarity and fluency of spoken English.

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. Talking about yourself
  2. Asking for information
  3. Agreeing and disagreeing
  4. Giving and following instructions
  5. Talking about the past
  6. Talking about the future
  7. Hesitating
  8. Giving opinions and stating preferences
  9. Describing places, people, and things
  10. Talking about similarities and differences
  11. Beginning and ending conversations
  12. Expressing emotions
  13. Listening for the main idea
  14. Listening for details
  15. Listening for and using organizational markers
  16. Pronunciation, stress, and intonation
  17. Understanding new vocabulary in context

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Role playing, dialogues, lecture, discussion, conversation, listening practice, analysis of student video and/or audio tapes, speeches
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Students will give a minimum of three brief speeches, both planned and impromptu. Topics may include a narrative about the past or future, an informative speech on a non-academic topic, and a demonstration speech.
  2. Students will work in discussion groups on a variety of speaking activities, including role playing, informal debating, and discussing solutions to hypothetical problems found at home, school, and work.
  3. Students will participate in self-initiated speaking and listening activities (interviewing, listening to authentic English conversations, watching and reporting on TV viewing.) outside of class and will report on the activities during class or individual conferences.
  4. Students needing intensive pronunciation help will be advised to listen to speech tapes and/or see the dialect modification tutor in the Learning Center.
  5. Students will listen to and be quizzed on tapes, recordings, and films the instructor brings to class.
  6. Students will be asked to read the text as well as essays, stories, and news articles on handouts in order to participate in class discussions. New vocabulary (including idioms and slang) will be introduced.
  7. Grammar will be covered whenever possible, especially if it is interfering with oral communication.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Instructors will select texts from the following list (to be revised annually):

  1. A Matter of Opinion, Pleskovitch & Peman: Holt, Rinehart, & Winston, 1986.
  2. The Non-Stop Discussion Workbook, Rooks: Harper Collins, 1988
  3. The Culture Puzzle, Levine: Prentice-Hall, 1987

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

  1. Reporting at conferences or in class on listening and speaking activities
  2. Formal speeches
  3. Impromptu speeches, role‑playing, conversation sessions, and
  4. Informal debates
  5. Quizzes, homework
  6. Attendance and Participation

XI.   Other Course Information

  1. Attendance policy
  2. Plagiarism policy
  3. 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 www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.

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.