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English Language for Academic Purposes (ELAP) at Montgomery College

ELAP - English Language for Academic Purposes


The English Language for Academic Purposes (ELAP) program offers 2 levels of writing, reading, and speaking/listening courses and an integrated skills "capstone" course in order to meet the language and academic cultural-adaptation needs of non-native speakers of English.  In addition to classroom work, laboratory work is required both to satisfy course requirements for needed practice in written and oral/aural communication.


ELAP Program at a Glance   

Following admission to the College, students are administered the Accuplacer ESL at the Assessment Center to determine their current level of English proficiency, as required by College regulations. The students are then placed at the appropriate levels in courses. Throughout the program, courses emphasize Academic English, including communication, critical thinking, and language skills necessary for successful college work in the United States.

Classes in Pre-academic English, American English for Special Purposes (AESP) and courses in basic literacy, are offered through Continuing Education.

Contact Information

Dr. Jorinde van den Berg, Germantown Chair
20200 Observation Drive, HS/138
Germantown, MD  20876
240-567-6900  or 240-567-7845

Angela Nissing, Takoma Park/Silver Spring Chair
7600 Takoma Avenue,  P3/1220
Takoma Park, MD 20912
240-567-1661 or 240-567-3944

Usha Venkatesh, Rockville Chair
51 Mannakee Street,  MT/512B
Rockville, MD 20850
240-567-5496  or 240-567-7407

ELAP Course Information 

English Language for Academic Purposes- Writing Courses ELAW 970, 980 Course Descriptions

English Language for Academic Purposes- Reading Courses ELAR 970, 980 Course Descriptions

English Language for Academic Purposes- Listening & Speaking Courses ELAS 970, 980, 990 Course Descriptions

English Language for Academic Purposes  - Academic Integrated Skills Course ELAI 990 Course Description 

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