English and Reading

English grammar is challenging, though you can learn it through tough, thorough thought.

Zach Benavidez, former faculty, dies.

Prof. Zach Benavidez
Prof. Zach Benavidez

The Montgomery College English and Reading community is saddened by the very unexpected passing of Prof. Zach Benavidez.  Prof. Benavidez will always be a loving, caring person in our hearts and memories.  He touched lives and brought many smiles and creativity to our faculty, staff and students. He was a creative writing and literature teacher. He will be missed.

We would like to extend our condolences to his family.

In honor of Zach, we are sharing some of his creative writing with you.  If you need support during this time, please contact the English and Reading office and we can direct you to some college resources.

Fiction: The Dog on Sitting Woman Mountain

Fiction: Exactly What You Want

Prof. Benavidez’s blog: Untying My Hands

His family has established a gofundme site, and they are asking for donations and good wishes.


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Online: Modern Poetry Fall 2016

Study Modern Poetry:

  • Fall 2016
  • English 231, Introduction to Modern Poetry
  • CRN20369
  • 3 Credits
  • Offered entirely Online
  • Begins on 29 August
  • Contact: Dr.

ENGL231 satisfies your General Education Humanities Distribution as well as your Cultural Perspectives graduation requirements.

Introduction to Modern Poetry provides you with a survey of the broad genre of poetic works from the mid-19th century to the present. We will study poets, their poetry, and their essays on poetics, all in their literary, historical, socio-political contexts.

Though the course is online, you will benefit from audio and video links designed to enrich your reading experience. The intensive and delightful study of poetry has proven to heighten one’s critical thinking skill and to deepen one’s global perspective.

The online format provides you with a convenient platform with which to engage in rewarding study at your own pace, yet the assignments are rigorous and fulfilling, preparing you for further engagement in upper-division literature and writing courses at university.

Register now for ENGL231 with Dr. Dickison, who created this online version of the course. Space is still available.

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DL Students: ENGL-103 Orientation Dates Announced, Fall 2016

Montgomery College English-Reading Department Distance Learning IconStudents taking ENGL-103 online this fall are encouraged to attend an orientation for online studying:

  • Tuesday, Aug. 30th, Rockville SB 206, 4pm-5pm
  • Friday, Sept 2nd, Rockville SB 206, 10am-11am
  • Friday, Sept 2nd, Germantown PK 178, 4pm-5pm
  • Saturday, Sept 3rd, Takoma Park/Silver Spring, ST 328, 10am-11am

If you have questions or concerns, contact, Prof. Keith Elphick

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DL Students: ENGL101 Orientations Announced, Fall 2016

Montgomery College English-Reading Department Distance Learning IconStudents taking ENGL-101 online this fall, please attend a Distance Learning Orientation:

  • August 30, from 7-8pm – HT137 (Germantown)
  • September 10, from 10-11am – ST328 (Takoma)
  • September 20, from 7-8pm – HU311 (Rockville)
  • October 22, from 10-11am – HU311 (Rockville)

Questions or concerns, contact Prof. Kateema Lee

  • GB138- 240-567-7755
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Fall 2016: ENGL101 for Tight Schedules

If you need that ENGL101 course but your schedule is already full, have you looked to Saturday?

This is a great way to get that requirement out of the way without disrupting your weekday schedule. It’s the perfect class for the busy adult. Direct questions about the class to Prof. Sahar Siddiqui (

  • ENGL101
  • CRN 20377.
  • Saturdays: 8am-10:55am
  • HU303
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Fall 2016: Women in Literature ENGL208

“An introduction to literature by and about women from a multicultural perspective, focusing on women’s diverse experiences and backgrounds. Representative texts are studied in their historical and socio-political contexts.”

  • Read amazing literature by women.
  • Explore interesting themes (Identity, Gender roles, Naming The Body, Race, Marriage, Motherhood, Power, Work).
  • Make connections to your own experience.

Projects include: In-class and on-line, student led discussions. Two essays. Creative presentation.

Writers include: Toni Morrison, Kate Chopin, Margaret Atwood, Maxine Hong Kingston, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Jamaica Kincaid, Virginia Woolf, Joy Harjo, Gwendolyn Brooks, Sandra Cisneros, Alice Walker, Audre Lorde, Ursula Le Guin. Continue reading “Fall 2016: Women in Literature ENGL208”

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Fall 2016: Take Film and Literature


If you’ve always argued about whether the book was better or worse than the movie… If you’ve always been convinced that you could’ve adapted the story better… THEN THIS COURSE IS FOR YOU!

  • Mondays 2 – 4:45
  • Sept. 12 -Dec. 18
  • SB 117
  • ENGL 235
  • CRN 20777, 3 Credits
  • Arts Distribution, General Elective, Upper Level Requirement
  • Professor Joanna Howard – contact me if you have any questions

Popcorn Provided

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Fall 2016: Take World Mythology

  • Intro to World Mythology
  • ENGL 122 CRN 20769
  • MW 8:00-9:15    HU109
  • Prof Carol Malmi, Ph.D.

They told each other stories to create meaning and order in a world of mystery.

Mythological dragons appear in everything from architecture to movies. Learn the symbols, the meanings and the shared dreams behind dragons.
Mythological dragons appear in everything from architecture to movies. Learn the symbols, the meanings and the shared dreams behind dragons.

What do myths from the past tell us about ourselves and our future?   Ancient peoples lived together in a world of the senses, with technology at the level of sharpened stones, the concept of science millennia ahead.  

Imagine living drenched in the sounds of wind howling in the storm, water rushing in flood, cawing birds creating a wall of sound from sunrise to moonset, the hoarse mutterings of animals, the crash  of thunder, the flashing fires in the sky.  Was it beautiful?  Was it evil?  What caused it all? A god?  A monster?    Continue reading “Fall 2016: Take World Mythology”

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Fall 2016: Is this America?

How did early Americans and colonists dream, imagine, and think about this country?

Are we still living in “their” America? Do we want to?

Read great literature and draw your own conclusions in Survey of American Literature I. ENGL 211 this Fall.

  • T/R: 8:00-9:15 a.m.
  • Professor Eggenschwiler
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Fall 2016: Study Literature by Women


English 208, Women in Literature

CRN24440   3 Credits


  • Rockville campus, HU129 
  • Monday nights, 6:30 – 9:25


ENGL208 satisfies your General Education Humanities Distribution as well as your Cultural Perspectives graduation requirements.

Every year is an important year for women, but this particular year may prove to be crucial.  How is your awareness of the contributions that women have made in society, culture, and literature in particular?  Here are some questions to ponder:

Who was Julian of Norwich and how significant were her “visions”? What did Mary Wollstonecraft mean by “a revolution in female manners, . . . to reform the world”?  What were the ramifications of the fact that “both satires on female vice and celebrations of feminine virtue in the eighteenth century were informed by medieval portraits of a destructive Eve and a redemptive Mary,” as Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar have put it? How did it stand that an essayist such as Richard Steele could claim that all a middle class woman had “to do in this world, is contained within the duties of a daughter, a sister, a wife, and a mother”?

Continue reading “Fall 2016: Study Literature by Women”

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Office Hours Reduced Today, Friday

Good Morning,

The English and Reading department will have reduced working hours for Thursday, Aug. 11 and Friday, Aug. 12:

  • CLOSED from 1:30-3 Thursday, Aug. 11.
  • Open ONLY from 8:30 to 11:30, Friday, Aug. 12.

Sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.

Zainab Ali, English and Reading Department

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“My Journey. Our Journey.” Theme for ENGL102 with Prof. Benton

My Journey. Our Journey.

Navigating change, individuality and society in the twenty-first century.

ENGL 102 with Prof. Elizabeth Benton.

Frequently Asked Questions…

  • Is there a required textbook?
    • No, but there are required supplemental materials.
  • When does the class meet?
    • Friday afternoons only.
  • Do we choose our own topics?
    • Yes, as long as they are within the frame of the semester theme and based on the readings.
  • Do we revise our work?
    • Yes.One paper will be revised.

Take ENGL102 this fall:

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Fall 2016: “Imagining Peace”

Do you wish you lived in a more peaceful and just world?

How might we imagine and work to create a more peaceful and just world?

How can literary works contribute to our understanding of peace and social justice?

Imagining Peace (PHIL 101 and ENGL102) is a learning community that integrates two courses, Introduction to Philosophy along with Critical Reading, Writing and Research to provide an interdisciplinary approach to studying global non-violent solutions to conflict through literature, philosophy, research, and practice.

This learning community explores various conceptions of non-violence—ones that will enhance our goal beyond merely seeking to obtain the absence of violence, but which can also serve as a powerful tool for imagining and constructing a more just and peaceful world. We invite our students to share in this work.

  • Developed and taught by Professors Tülin Levitas and Effie Siegel
  • FALL 2016
  • ENGL102  #24508 MW 12:30 – 1:45
  • PHIL 102 #24669 MW 2:00 – 3:15
  • Take them together!

Continue reading “Fall 2016: “Imagining Peace””

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Sample Some Literature this Fall

Sign up for ENGL 190 Intro. to Literature.

  •  Fall 2016, CRN 20774
  • Wednesday Night 6:30 to 9:10 pm
  • Late Starting Class: Begins Sept. 14

It’s a general elective… Humanities distribution

Explore plays like Fences and A Doll’s House, graphic fiction, short stories like “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”, flash fiction, and poems!

Explore topics like gender equality, the relationship between parents and children, African-American experience in the United States, Latino/a experience in the United States, immigration, self-actualization, and the battle between free verse and form in poetry.

For more information, email Dr. Szlyk at

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New Course for Fall: Intro. to Global Humanities

Montgomery College English-Reading Department Distance Learning IconNEW COURSE for Fall 2016

Introduction to Global Humanities

  • 3 credit hour course
  • Fall 2016

It’s a great general elective!

  • Germantown
    • CRN: 24947
    • Tuesday/Thursday 12:30 – 1:55 p.m.
    • Sept. 6 through Dec. 18, 2016
    • Taught by Prof. Joan Naake
  • Takoma Park 
    • CRN: 24991
    • Building: SN 105
    • TR 11:00 AM – 12:25 PM
    • Sept. 6 through Dec. 18, 2016
    • Taught by Professor Gregory Wahl

Assessment Levels:

  • ENGL 101/101A, READ 120

The course is offered by the Global Humanities Institute.

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Fall 2016: Composing the Self (a Learning Community Course)

Just register for these two courses in person or online:

  • ENGL101 24185, Intro to College Writing: 11:00-12:15 Tuesday/Thursday
  • PSYC102 24186, General Psychology: 12:30-1:45 Tuesday/Thursday
  • Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus


Contact Professor Joseph Couch (English)

  • (240) 567-1352

Or Professor Andrew Herst (Psychology)

  • (240) 567-3945

Learning Community courses pair courses in separate disciplines with one another to give the student more chances to apply knowledge and develop ideas.

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Mythology: Expand Your Universe


Creation  Beauty  Power  Terror  Quest  Revelation  Dream  Transformation  

Apotheosis Apocalypse

~birthplace of belief ~ guardian of mystery ~ gateway to insight ~ inspiration~



ENGL 122 CRN20769 TR 8:00-9:15 a.m.

Introduction to World Mythology

Fall 2016 Prof. Carol Malmi

Illustration: The Pillars of Creation, a star-forming region of the Eagle Nebula

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Free WEPA Cards and Flashdrives, Just Register

Put some Lit in your Life and get Free GIVEAWAYS!!!

MC-Rockville students: register for classes in the English and Reading office Monday, April 25 through Friday, May 20 in Macklin Tower 526, and we’ll give you free stuff, including WEPA cards, cups, mugs, flash drives, and so much more!

Literature Courses, Fall 2016

Montgomery College, Rockville Campus Continue reading “Free WEPA Cards and Flashdrives, Just Register”

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A Field Trip through History and Memorials

Here are a few photos from the spring ’16 ENGL 002 unit on memorials and history, which included a visit from DC architect Larysa Kurylas as well as a field trip to downtown DC to visit the Holodomor Famine Memorial, which Kurylas designed, as well as to see the Japanese-American Internment Memorial, the A. Phillip Randolph statue (at Union Station) and the Native American museum on the Mall.

Both activities, lecture and field trip, served as idea gathering as the students went on to develop their own writing, which involved choosing a person in their lives to memorialize.The paper explained the importance of the person as well as the design of the hypothetical monument, and the students memorialized everyone from the inventor of Monopoly, to an unknown parent, to family in Palestine.

–Prof. Joanna Howard

Engaging in the Flipped Classroom

Montgomery College Faculty and StaffProf. Steve Thurston (English-R), has a piece about the flipped classroom on the Schoology blog site. (Schoology is a competitor to Blackboard.)

In the piece, Thurston argues that faculty need to think more about becoming “facilitators” of the students’ educations rather than professors. Flipping the classroom could help that a lot.


Eggenschwiler: No Cookie-Cutter Classes

Montgomery College Faculty and StaffEnglish Professor Rebecca Eggenschwiler (Rockville campus) has penned another nice piece for the Chronicle of Higher Education. (Another? Here’s the first.) Read both!

In this one, she pushes against the current trend of standardization in the classroom:

This is one part of a larger, troubling trend. Many people seem to be intensely afraid of the interpersonal nature of education, as we can see with the rush to standardization, the focus on data, the prescriptive pathways to student success. Some would like to unlock the secrets to education via neat little columns and easily replicable results. But education is based on human interactions, which are messy and ill-defined and unpredictable. They vary, as will our classrooms.


Complete ENGL102 in 5 Weeks Summer 2 at TP/SS!

If you want to complete your English Foundation before the start of the fall semester, consider taking it at night during summer session II on the TP/SS campus!

The course (CRN 10191) meets on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday night from July 12th to August 11th from 6-8:30.

The textbook is older and can be purchased used for considerably less than the current textbook adoptions.  And it’s just as good too!

The textbook is: Wood, Nancy V., Perspectives on Argument, 7th ed. ISBN 9780205060337.

The required handbook is also readily available used: Hacker, Diana, Rules for Writers, 7th ed.  9780312647957

Come after work and be done each night in just two and a half hours–no long class meetings that go into the late night!

Please forward any questions to Prof. Couch at or (240) 567-1352.

Don’t delay; enroll today!

Summer 2: Women in Literature

Germantown, ENGL208, Summer 2BooksLiteratureThumb2.jpg

  • ENGL 208: Women in Literature
  • 3 credit hours
  • 5-week course, July 11- August 11, 2016
  • Mondays through Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. through 12:25 p.m.
  • Germantown campus, PK180
  • Fulfills General Education Humanities Distribution requirement and the Global and Cultural Perspectives requirement for graduation
  • Taught by Professor Sharon Anthony (

Have fun exploring the work of famous writers such as Mary Shelley, Sojourner Truth, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Emily Dickinson, Maya Angelou, Virginia Woolf, Gwendolyn Brooks, Alice Walker, and Amy Tan.

This is a great opportunity to read wonderful literature and satisfy a General Education and graduation requirement at the same time!

Summer 2: ENGL102 with Chet Pryor

English 102 with Chet Pryor

  • Chet Pryor
    • B.S. Penn State
    • M.A. Lehigh

Literary Approach: leading to a final portfolio

Excellent reviews on Rate My Professor

Second Summer Semester – July 12 to August 18th 8am

MC – Germantown Campus

Summer 2: Get a Fresh Start this Fall. Get 101A out of the way!

Start Fall Semester Fresh with EN101A out of the way!

  • Summer Session II
  • EN101A, CRN 10020
  • Professor Katherine Smith
  • 8a.m-11:40 a.m.

The many advantages of taking EN101A in Summer:

  • You will have more writing practice and lots of confidence under your belt before Fall Semester begins.
  • This Course meets first thing in the morning, so you can get on with the rest of your day.
  • You can focus on writing without having numerous other courses to think about.
  • Lots of individual attention to support you while you write.
  • Conveniently located in Germantown.

Sign up for Summer Session II EN101A 10020 today!

Summer 2: Invigorate Your Summer with Intro. to College Writing

ENGL 101A: Introduction toCollege Writing

  • SUMMER II (July 11 to Aug. 11)
  • Thursday from 9:00 to 11:55 a.m.

Are you looking for an opportunity to invigorate your summer with a fun and rewarding learning experience? An experience that centers on inspiring readings, unique writing topics, and valuable debates about current events? An experience you can pursue in the morning without dominating your entire day?

Consider enrolling in one of Montgomery College’s English Foundation courses in Summer II.

In Professor Matthew Decker’s ENGL 101A, he is excited to take students on a journey through multiple writing modes, to introduce relevant grammar and punctuation concepts, and to navigate the work of impressive student writers as well as the timeless stories of the authors you know and love.

Want to know more about the course? Continue reading “Summer 2: Invigorate Your Summer with Intro. to College Writing”

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