Intermediate Grammar for the Non-Native Speaker

I.     Course Prefix/Number: EGL 083

       Course Name: Intermediate Grammar for the Non-Native Speaker

       Credits: 4 (4 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Placement in EGL 076; students receiving an EGL 076 placement after completing EGL 076 should enroll in EGL 082.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course provides intensive practice in intermediate and advanced grammar skills for non-native speakers of English. Content includes correct use of the perfect tenses, perfect modals, subordinate clauses, phrasal verbs, and passive voice.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. To provide the opportunity for students to explore the rules and structures governing intermediate-level features of English grammar.
  2. To practice commonly used grammatical structures in speech and writing.
  3. To facilitate effective communication in a variety of situations by providing the student with a working knowledge of the fine points of English grammar.

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. Review of simple present, present continuous, simple past and  past continuous tenses
  2. Use and formation of the perfect tenses
  3. Perfect modals
  4. Phrasal verbs
  5. Complex Sentences
  6. Passive Voice

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

Lecture, writing and speaking exercises, discussion, and small group work. 

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

VIII. Course Practices Required

Reading, writing, in-class exercises, homework, testing, and attendance.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Suggested Text:  Focus on Grammar: Intermediate  2nd ed., M. Fuchs et al. 2000 Longman
Check with the coordinator for other suggestions.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Writing assignments, homework, tests and quizzes, attendance and participation.

XI.   Other Course Information

Attendance policy

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

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.