Academic Reading and Study Skills for Non-Native Speaker, IV

I.     Course Prefix/Number: EGL 089

       Course Name: Academic Reading and Study Skills for Non-Native Speaker, IV

       Credits: 4 (4 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Placement test in reading and writing placement of EGL 090 or EGL 101NN.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course develops successful academic reading and study strategies for non-native speakers. Content includes vocabulary building, identifying lexical and textbook structures, and applying critical reading skills to college level material.

IV.   Learning Objectives

The student will learn to:

    A.    Preview, read, and review college-level textbook material
    B.    Identify main ideas and supporting details
    C.    Increase vocabulary and reading efficiency
    D.    Identify lexical and textbook structures
    E.    Infer and synthesize ideas
    F.    Acquire effective strategies for test-taking and study-reading tasks
    G.    Apply various critical reading skills to college level material.

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

    A.    Critical reading in the academic community
    B.    Vocabulary improvement
    C.    Main ideas and supporting details
    D.    Study-reading strategies
    E.    Annotation and note-taking
    F.    Inference and synthesis of ideas

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lectures, discussion, individual and small-group activities
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Students will be expected to read the text assignments, complete written assignments, participate in discussions and activities, and complete all projects, quizzes, and exams.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

    See listing for suggested textbooks.
    Computer lab materials

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Tests for comprehension and vocabulary; application of study skills; and class participation.

XI.   Other Course Information

    A.    Attendance is required.
    B.    All assignments must be completed.
    C.    Class policy on make-up exams, incomplete grade, late assignments, etc.
    D.    Support services, e.g., Learning Lab. audio-visual
        Students are encouraged to use the Academic Assistance Center and tutorial services to facilitate skill development.

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.