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Beginning in the Fall Semester of 2013, AELP Courses will no longer receive institutional* credit. 

  *Institutional credit means that the course grade is calculated into the GPA.
AELP courses have never counted toward a degree and have transferred to only a small number of colleges and universities.

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The American English Language Program (AELP) at Montgomery College


The American English Language Program (AELP) offers American English for Academic Purposes (AEAP), a multilevel program designed to meet the language and academic cultural-adaptation needs of non-native speakers of American English. Classes in Pre-academic English, American English for Special Purposes (AESP) and courses in basic literacy, are offered through Continuing Education.

Following admission to the College, students are administered the ESL Accuplacer at the Assessment Center to determine their current level of American English proficiency, as required by College regulations. The students are then placed at the appropriate levels in core courses that emphasize American English grammar, composition, reading, speaking, and listening. Elective courses in collateral skills are available, including some content or "major" courses at the more advanced AELP levels. Throughout the program, courses emphasize all features of American English, including communication, critical thinking, and various skills necessary for successful college work in the United States.

Students study with American English, reading, and speech faculty. Students for whom American English is a second language are further supported by special counselors. In addition to classroom work, laboratory work is required both to satisfy course requirements and for needed practice in written and oral/aural communication.Students

The AELP Program at a Glance  

AELP Phone Numbers

Dr. Jorinde van den Berg, Germantown Chair
20200 Observation Drive, HS/176
Germantown, MD  20876
240-567-6900  or 240-567-7845

Angela Nissing, Takoma Park/Silver Spring Chair
7600 Takoma Avenue,  P4/110
Takoma Park, MD 20912
240-567-1661 or 240-567-1378

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

Important Information 

American English Language- Writing Courses AELW 910, 920, 930, 940 (EL 101, 102, 103, 104) Course Descriptions

American English Language- Reading Courses AELR 910, 920, 930 (RD 101, 102, 103) Course Descriptions 

American English Language- Listening & Speaking Courses AELS 910, 920, 930 (SP 102, EL 110, 111) Course Descriptions 

Schedule of Classes

Student Group

Counseling & Advising Departments:

Information for International Students 

About the I-20 Certificate

TOEFL Score, SAT Scores, Degrees from Other Institutions

Disability Support Services

In accordance with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the College provides accommodations access to facilities, programs, activities, and services for qualified students with documented disabilities. Accommodations are provided by qualified professionals. For further information, contact Disability Support Services at the campus where you plan to take classes.


Admissions and Related Information 

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Student Financial Aid Employment Information 

Financial aid at Montgomery College consists of a variety of programs, including grants, scholarships, loans, and student employment. An Office of Financial Aid is located on each campus. Applying for Financial Aid.

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