Speaking and Listening for the Non-Native Speaker II (EGL 081 is repeatable up to six hours)

I.     Course Prefix/Number: EGL 081

       Course Name: Speaking and Listening for the Non-Native Speaker II (EGL 081 is repeatable up to six hours)

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

EGL 078 or consent of instructor or ESL coordinator.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course teaches speaking and listening skills for non-native speakers of English at EGL 078 proficiency level. Content includes expressing and understanding complex ideas, discussing academic topics, speech patterns, and listening to academic lectures.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. To provide opportunity for advanced discussion sessions with instructor/class feedback;
  2. To provide opportunity for individuals to give, listen to, and respond to longer, more complex speeches;
  3. To provide opportunity for in‑class listening comprehension sessions with a focus on the academic lecture and discussion;
  4. To understand the linguistic and cultural components of English speech interactions and incorporate these components effectively into students' speaking and listening acts;
  5. 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. Asking for clarification
  2. Monitoring audience understanding
  3. Expressing opinions
  4. Responding to disagreement
  5. Giving reasons
  6. Persuading
  7. Facilitating discussions
  8. Discussing lectures and articles
  9. Taking notes on lectures
  10. Interrupting politely
  11. Predicting lecture/discussion content
  12. Recognizing lecture organization
  13. Listening for main ideas
  14. Listening for details
  15. Discussing controversial topics
  16. Holding the floor
  17. Describing concepts and ideas
  18. Understanding and using field-specific vocabulary
  19. Paraphrasing
  20. Pronunciation, stress, intonation
  21. Listening for and using organizational markers

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 speeches, both planned and impromptu. Topics may include an informative speech on an academic topic, a persuasive speech, and a formal debate.
  2. Students will work in discussion groups on a variety of speaking activities including role playing, facilitating discussions on academic topics, and discussing solutions to hypothetical problems found at school and work.
  3. Students will participate in self-initiated speaking and listening activities (interviewing, listening to authentic English conversations, listening to lectures.) outside of class and will report on the activities during class or individual conferences.
  4. Students will analyze authentic classroom lectures and discussions and will learn strategies for and become more successful at listening and responding to academic lectures.
  5. Students needing intensive pronunciation help will be advised to listen to speech tapes and/or see the dialect modification tutor in the Learning Center.
  6. Students will listen to and be quizzed on tapes, recordings, and films the instructor brings to class.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

Possible texts are:

  1. Speech Communication for International Students, Dade & Wolf: Prentice-Hall-Regents.
  2. Advanced Listening Comprehension, Dunkel & Pialorsi: Heinle & Heinle.
  3. Effectively Speaking: Strategies for Academic Interaction, Kayfetz & Smith: Heinle and Heinle, 1992
  4. Academically Speaking, Kayfetz and Stice: Heinle and Heinle.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

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

XI.   Other Course Information

  1. Attendance policy
  2. 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.