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: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Placement into EGL 089 the college’s reading placement test

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Advanced course in reading for students whose first or primary language is not English. Course focuses on preparing second language students to take courses for college credit. 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. EGL 089 is a mandatory course.

IV.   Learning Objectives

The student will learn to:

  1. Preview, read, and review college-level textbook material
  2. Identify main ideas and supporting details
  3. Increase vocabulary and reading efficiency
  4. Use knowledge of roots and prefixes to determine the meaning of new words
  5. Increase reading speed and efficiency
  6. Identify lexical and textbook structures
  7. Infer and synthesize ideas
  8. Summarize reading passages and articles
  9. Identify and use effective strategies for test-taking and study-reading tasks
  10. Apply critical reading skills to college level material.
  11. Read, understand, and respond to at least one complete novel or non-fiction book

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. Determining the main idea in advanced reading material.
  2. Recognizing rhetorical patterns in a variety of texts.
  3. Scanning/skimming for information in longer authentic texts
  4. Identifying grammatical structures to increase comprehension
  5. Making inferences and generalizations
  6. Annotating and note-taking
  7. Using the Internet for college reading
  8. Using context to determine meanings of new English vocabulary
  9. Identifying details that support the main idea
  10. Using the monolingual dictionary
  11. Using knowledge of roots and prefixes to determine the meaning of new words
  12. Taking notes on textbook reading - emphasis on variety of types of texts.
  13. Preparing for tests and developing test‑taking skills.
  14. Using the library and the Learning Center.
  15. Synthesizing ideas from more than one text
  16. Reading, discussing, and writing about novels and/or non-fiction books.

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

The Oakton Community College Catalog states:

Oakton Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, or marital status in admission to and participation in its educational programs, College activities and services, or employment practices. The College does not tolerate sexual harassment or sexual assault by or of its students or employees.

In keeping with this policy of tolerance and non-discrimination, in this class all of us (myself included) should strive to:

  • listen and give careful consideration to all ideas expressed in class, especially those that are different from our own, without attacking or demeaning the people who hold those views, and
  • avoid using insulting terms or telling offensive jokes when talking to or about individuals or groups.

Attendance Policy

Late Assignments

Outside Reading: The more you read in English, the faster your reading and writing will improve.  You should make sure that you spend at least ten hours each week reading material of your choice in English.

Extra Help

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Course placement for the next semester will be determined by a program-wide assessment instrument.

Instructors will give a grade of Pass or Fail for the course based on:

  1. Responses to comprehension and vocabulary exercises based on reading selections
  2. The correct use of study skills in the classroom
  3. Pre and post testing in reading skills and vocabulary
  4. Informal evaluation based on classroom participation

XI.   Other Course Information

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.