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Department of Reading, ESL and Linguistics

Rockville Campus


Welcome to the Department of Reading, English as a Second Language, and Linguistics at the Rockville Campus of Montgomery College! 

Come meet and explore the world in our classes while you improve your reading, English, linguistics, critical thinking, and reasoning skills!

Our Reading program includes courses (for both native and non-native English-speaking students) designed to develop reading and critical thinking skills essential for success in all college level courses. We also offer transferable, college credit reading classes (RD 120) as well as courses (RD 238, RD 239) that fulfill the Maryland State Department of Education teacher certification requirements for secondary reading courses.

Our English as a Second Language program (the American English Language Program, or AELP) is a comprehensive and flexible program addressing reading, speaking/listening, and grammar/writing English skills from high beginner through the advanced levels necessary for success in higher education. Students can do one course a semester or tackle several courses. Careful placement and progress checks ensure that students are in classes appropriate to their level of American English.

We have approximately 32 full-time and 46 part-time faculty to help guide you in your exploration. We offer day, evening, and Saturday classes; full semester (15-week) as well as intensive (7-week) classes during the Academic Year and shorter courses during two summer sessions; in traditional classroom as well as distance education formats.

In our Linguistics program, a new course, Introduction to Linguistics, offers a comprehensive background to language study. In this course, questions such as the following are proposed: "What is correctness in a language?" " How can languages be described and compared?" "How do children and adults learn language?" "How do languages change?"

Please continue to explore and discover what our department has to offer!

Mary E. Owens

Montgomery College

Montgomery County, MD


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