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Welcome from the Dean


Welcome to the English and Reading Area. Whatever your choice of major or career, the essential skills for success include the abilities to read and write effectively and to think analytically, creatively, and critically. We focus on helping students to build and enhance those skills, as well as to explore the human experience by examining the ideas and values revealed in diverse literary traditions.

Recognizing that students today require flexibility in their approaches to learning, we provide classes in several formats—including face-to-face, online, and a blend of face-to-face and online approaches. Some courses meet for the full semester while others meet for shorter periods. The Area also provides tutoring, language laboratory services, and additional technology-enhanced instructional support for students through our Writing, Reading and Language Center. 

Disciplines in the English and Reading Area include English Composition, Literature, Professional Writing, and Reading. Cognizant of diverse student needs and interests, we have designed flexible and innovative English and Reading courses that offer an enabling environment for student growth, inquiry, and success. Faculty engage in professional activities to remain current in their fields and to provide stimulating and challenging courses that prepare students for further studies and employment opportunities.

In addition to courses in expository writing, the ethics of writing, news writing, creative writing, literature, and poetry, new courses keep our curriculum relevant and exciting. Among our creative literature courses are Film and Literature, Women in Literature, African American Literature, Holocaust Literature, and The Bible as Literature. Reading courses are available as well, from developmental reading to content-based courses. Our professional development reading courses allow educators to maintain their teaching certifications. Our composition, technical writing, creative writing, and reading courses are taught by practitioners in the field, many of whom are published authors. A technical writing certificate program is available for interested students.

The English and Reading Area offers numerous opportunities for student involvement, including The Red Jacket, a student-run arts and literary journal produced by the Professional Writing faculty; The Sligo Journal, a literary journal that combines the efforts of our students and community members; Poetry Slam!, a popular celebration of student and faculty creativity; and Will Power!, MC’s annual Shakespeare Festival. We also offer internship opportunities for students interested in professional writing through a partnership with The Potomac Review, a peer-reviewed journal focused on enhancing the local writing community.

The renowned American civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., once noted that the function of education is "to teach one to think intensively and to think critically." The English and Reading Area at Montgomery College is deeply committed to fulfilling that function.

Again, welcome to the English and Reading Area!

Rodney Redmond, Ed.D.
Instructional Dean
Montgomery College

Montgomery College

Montgomery County, MD


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