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Department of Reading, ESL and Linguistics

Rockville Campus

Reading Courses

Developmental Reading Courses (for native speakers of English) 

The Rockville Campus offers a series of reading courses designed to develop reading skills and prepare students for independent, critical reading at the college level. Reading Assessment and the Reading Program at Montgomery College for Native Speakers of English explains how students are directed into RD 095 (RD 089 prior to Fall Semester 2005) and RD 099.

ESL Reading Courses (for non-native speakers of English) 

RD 101, RD 102, and RD 103 are Reading courses designed specifically for non-native speakers of English.  This sequence of courses focuses on study skills, dictionary use, context clues, vocabulary expansion, and other reading skills necessary to be a successful college student. 

Credit Reading Courses (for institutional credit and Maryland State Department of Education Secondary Certification)

The reading course, RD120, is also offered and provides an opportunity for students to improve their reading and study skills and earn three transferable elective credits. RD 238 and RD 239, which are offered in a Distance Learning format, are undergraduate reading courses that may fulfill certification requirements for Maryland secondary public school teachers.

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