Basic Grammar for the Non-Native Speaker
I. Course Prefix/Number: EGL 082
Course Name: Basic Grammar for the Non-Native Speaker
Credits: 4 (4 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
- To provide the opportunity for students to explore the rules and structures governing basic-level features of English grammar.
- To practice commonly used grammatical structures in speech and writing.
- To help the student work toward mastery of English by emphasizing grammar in a relevant context.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• 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
- Use and formation of commonly use verb tenses: simple present, present continuous , simple past, past continuous, future
- Count and Mass Nouns
- Simple and Compound Sentence Structures
- Question Formation
NOTE: Some topics will be covered in more depth than others. Depending on the needs of the students, additional topics may be introduced.
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
IX. Instructional Materials
Suggested Text: Focus on Grammar: Basic 2nd ed., I. Schoenberg, Longman, 2000
Check with the coordinator for other suggestions.
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
XI. Other Course Information
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.
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Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
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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.